Crafts,  Messy Play

Handprint and Footprint Christmas Cards

Every year I spend a small fortune on Christmas Cards for friends, family and neighbours. As if Christmas isn’t expensive enough without the additional expense of Christmas cards.

Why should we spend all that money (enough for another gift for someone) on Christmas cards that will be chucked in the recycling bin before you can even say Ho Ho Ho? And don’t even get me started on the ridiculousness of how busy the card shops get at this time of year. Or how uncivilised the people in the card shops can get.

With this in mind I have decided that this year, with the help of my toddler, I will be making all of my Christmas cards.

There are so many benefits to this..

  • It’s cheaper so I’ll save money
  • I’ve already got stacks of craft supplies so wouldn’t need to buy much
  • My toddler will have a fun messy play session
  • The cards will be sentimental because they are hand made
  • I can just use my toddlers hands and feet and the cards are half way done. Simple.

Pinterest is full of inspirational ideas for handprint and footprint Christmas cards. I decided to opt for ideas that are simple, purely because my toddler has the attention span of a knat, and because of my lack of creativeness!

We made handprint Christmas tree cards, handprint reindeer cards, and we made footprint snowman cards. As always with our messy play sessions, both myself and my daughter had lots of messy fun making these cards.

I already had all of the paint and card in our craft supplies so I just bought a few different Christmas crafty bits to finish the cards off.

To make the cards we used:

  • Black and white A4 card folded in half
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Googly eyes for the snowman and reindeer pictures
  • Glitter for the reindeer nose and glitter snow for the snowman picture
  • Flatback gems for the Christmas tree baubles and the snowmans buttons
  • Christmas tree and present stickers
  • ‘Merry Christmas’ stamp for inside the cards

I think the cards turned out brilliantly and we’ve saved loads of money. They are also a little bit more personal than a card from a box . I will definitely be making all of my cards from now on.

I’m loving the idea of handmade things lately, so much so, that I’m also going to attempt some handmade decorative items and gifts. Is anybody else making their cards or gifts this year? Would you ever send Handprint and Footprint Christmas Cards to your friends and family?

Thanks for reading,

Sam x

Two Tiny Hands



  • Donna

    We’re planning on doing some soon. The Boy has massive hands now though, so I’m thinking finger snowmen. Not sure how this will work though. Then bobsy’s actual name is Robyn, so we go a bit Robyn mental at christmas!

    • stressymama

      Awww Robins are so cute though. I love the finger snowman idea. I call Molly, Molly Moo, and always go a bit over the top with cow things haha. She’s got teddies, blankets..etc. I’ve even got a cow charm for my Pandora bracelet!

      • Donna

        Haha, the boy used to be mikey moo. To the point that when he started school we had to teach him that ‘moo moos’ wasn’t actually his middle name!

  • Gorgeousgeorgesmama

    We did the same last year with our one year old. This year, his nursery have kindly gone to the trouble for us and then printed them out in duplicates. Costs money but feels personal. Has a little made by stamp on the back too 😍

    • stressymama

      Awwww that sounds so cute. Why didn’t I think about copying the cards instead of having a bit of a production line going. That would have been so much easier.. ha. X

  • Angela Watling

    Such a cute idea. I might try doing that with my daughter next year when she’s a bit older. I love the sentiment of cards but find them quiet irritating generally. The cost money to buy, they cost a LOT of money to send and they use a lot of paper. Many years I’m the scrooge who just doesn’t send them but then my husband tells me off. Although that does mean he sorts them out… Hope people enjoy your awesome creations! #FamilyFun

    • stressymama

      Thank you. My sister hates sending cards too. For years I’ve had to get them and send them for her, just telling her to sign here and there every now and again haha.

  • tammymum

    These are such a great idea. We made some reindeer ones and they were a big hit with granny and grandad. The kids love doing it, it’s cheap and passes some time – it’s win win win win as far as I’m concerned. Although the boy actually hated having paint on his hands so it was a complete success lol. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx

  • twotinyhands

    I love these cards and totally agree how expensive and crazy it is sending everyone cards from rammed card shops. We only send a few out and i don’t really write cards for friends at all. Thanks for linking up to #familyfun