How to make a hand-print reindeer

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Handprint Rudolph the reindeer Christmas craft

What you will need

  • Brown acrylic paint squirted onto a paper plate
  • 1 A4 sheet of white card
  • 3 white pipe cleaners
  • 2 googly eyes
  • 1 shiny red bead
  • A string of gold festive beads
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Black felt-tip pen
  • Glue stick
  • Sellotape
  • Blu-tack
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon (optional)

Rudolph the reindeer has a very shiny red nose, furry antlers and jingly bells around his neck. Look a little closer and you can see our festive friend is made from a child's handprint - your kids will love getting involved in making this fun Christmas craft.

This cheeky-looking Rudolph the reindeer craft will go down in history as one of our easiest festive makes - just ask your kids to leave a messy handprint on some card, cut it out, then decorate it to look like Santa's most famous reindeer using googly eyes, pipe cleaners and beads. You could also use glitter pens to draw on Rudolph's red nose and gold jingle bells, if your kids are mad for sparkles.

When Rudolph the reindeer is finished, he can be hung from your Christmas tree or given to your friends and family as a keepsake of your children's tiny handprints.

Age group:
Kids as young as 3 can get involved making this - they will just need help cutting out Rudolph's handprint body, plus tying the ribbon on at the end.


Step 1

1. Find a flat surface to work on and gather together all the craft materials you need to make Rudolph the reindeer.

Step 2

2. How to make Rudolph the reindeer...
Ask your child to dip their right hand into the brown paint, then press a handprint onto some white card. Fill in any blank areas within the handprint, using a painted finger/paintbrush. Leave the handprint to dry.

Step 3

3. Carefully cut out the dried handprint and turn it upside down so the thumb becomes Rudolph's head, and the fingers become his legs.

Step 4

4. For Rudolph's furry antlers...
 Take 2 white pipe cleaners, twist them together and bend them in the middle.

Step 5

5. Curl each end of the twisted pipe cleaners around a pencil.

Step 6

6. Separate the ends of the pipe cleaners so they look like branched reindeer antlers.

Step 7

7. To decorate Rudolph's head...
  • Stick Rudolph's antlers on top of his head, on the back, using a little Sellotape.
  • Then stick on Rudolph's googly eyes using a dab of glue stick, then stick a red bead just under Rudolph's eyes for his shiny red nose, with a tiny piece of Blu-tack.
  • Wrap the gold festive beads around Rudolph's neck, trim off any dangling beads, then secure Rudolph's new jingle bells with a piece of Blu-tack at the back.

Step 8

8. For Rudolph's hooves and tail...
  • Take 1 white pipe cleaner and cut it into 5 pieces. Wrap a piece of pipe cleaner around the bottom of each of Rudolph's legs to make hooves, then use the last piece of pipe cleaner to make Rudolph's tail and stick it to the back with a little Sellotape.

Step 9

How to put the finishing touches to Rudolph the reindeer...
9. To finish off your handprint Rudolph the reindeer, draw on his mouth using a black felt-tip pen, punch a hole at the top, then thread some festive ribbon through the hole and knot it. That's it, your very own Rudolph the reindeer, made from your child's tiny handprint, is ready to hang on the Christmas tree.

Design created by Jennifer Shepherd for

For crafts materials such as paint, card, googly eyes, glue etc. visit Baker Ross, a family run craft business who are the leading suppliers of arts and crafts to schools and other organisations across the UK and abroad, based in Walthamstow, London.

Where to next?
- How to make a handprint Christmas wreath - easy festive make!
- How to make Patch the penguin gift tags
- Christmas activities for children

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