How to make a hand-print reindeer

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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.

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)