Fingerprint Christmas Ornament

One of our family traditions is making and giving Christmas ornaments to our family.  It is such a nice way to capture the essence of the year.  My daughter loves painting the inside of the clear balls and making pretty swirls.  We have made this ornament for about 8 years now.  After realizing that our family had enough to fill a whole tree, we decided to try something new.

This year we made fingerprint Christmas ornaments.  They are so much fun and easy for children of all ages.

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What you will need:

self hardening clay- We used Crayola (takes a few days to harden at room temperature.)

straw to make hole

yarn

letter stamps

rolling pin

wax paper

cookie cutter (shape of your choice)

black crayon

glitter spray

silver sharpie

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Roll out a ball of clay with the rolling pin on wax paper.

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Using a cookie cutter press down on clay and cut excess off around the cookie cutter.  Remove cookie cutter.  Using the end of a straw make a hole for the ribbon/yarn for hanging purposes.

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Have your child press their thumbprint on the clay.

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Using a letter stamp press the initials of your child’s name on the ornament above the fingerprint.

Lay out the ornaments on wax paper to dry.  This will take between three and five days.  Once the clay hardens  you take a black crayon and lightly color over the thumbprint.  This makes it easier to see the lines in the fingerprint.  Spray the ornament with silver glitter spray.  Let topside dry; flip and spray underside with glitter spray.  Write the year with silver sharpie on backside of ornament.  Thread ribbon or yarn through hole for hanging.  And voila’!  You have yourself a timeless piece that you can hang on your tree year after year.

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The Legend of St. Nicholas

Here is another cute Christmas story to share with your children.  In the Legend of St. Nicholas by Dandi Daley Mackall we are taken back to the 60’s or 70’s when a young boy named Nick was shopping with his father.  He has money to spend on Christmas gifts, but can only think of things he would like for himself.  All of a sudden he hears a store Santa telling another child the Legend of St. Nicholas.  St. Nicholas traveled with his parents to the Holy Land and shortly after he is blessed unexpectedly with a lot of money.  He shares his splendor with his friends secretly gifting them things that they were in need of on Christmas Day~Jesus’ Birthday!  His friends are grateful and thank God for blessing them with a friendship in Nicholas.  And so the Legend of St. Nicholas began. We learn that  Nicholas had a giving heart and he prayed to our Lord Jesus Christ for direction.  When the store Santa finishes telling his story we find the little boy eager to purchase gifts for his friends and family.  His heart changes and he has learned that time old lesson, “it is better to give to others, than to receive and be selfish.”  This is a great book with a big meaning.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from booklook bloggers and the review is of my own honest opinion.