Handprint Santa Craft

If you're looking for a fun Santa-themed craft that doubles as a Christmas gift, you're going to love this handprint Santa craft! You can use your Santa handprint on a gift bag or turn it into a Christmas card. It's super easy and a great activity for toddlers or older kids. Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your very own Santa handprint!


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I don't know about you, but I've always loved handprint crafts - even more so when they are turned into cute keepsake gifts! With Christmas almost here, this Santa handprint on a card would make the perfect Christmas card to give to grandparents or you can use the handprint craft for their gift bag.

Whatever you choose, I know this handprint Santa craft is perfect for this time of year. Toddlers will love painting and printing their hands as well as helping to decorate Santa! I mean, is there anything better than that when you're a toddler?

Scroll down to get started on your own handprint Santa!

Handprint Santa craft

Handprint Santa - supplies:

  • Paint - red and white
  • Paintbrush
  • Roll of brown paper
  • Brown paper bag
  • Googly eyes
  • Pencil
  • Small pom pom- red (or pink) and white
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Card - gold

How to make a Santa handprint card or gift bag

STEP 1: Grab all your supplies

Before we get started, grab all your supplies so everything is readily available. I don't think I need to stress the importance of having everything ready when it comes to crafting with small kids.

As this Santa handprint craft involves painting your toddler or preschooler's hands I would suggest that you have a bowl of soapy water and a towel or some baby wipes to hand for easy cleanup. 

Before you start you will need to decide if you would like to make a Santa handprint card or a Santa handprint gift bag, or why not make both! 

If making a card you will need to print your handprints onto a roll of brown paper, you can cut the handprints out after to glue onto your card. If you would prefer to make a gift bag you will need to print your handprints directly onto your brown paper bag.

Once you have decided whether you would like to make a card or gift bag (or both!) lay out the brown paper or paper bag you will be printing on.

STEP 2: Paint hands

Now it is time for the messy part! Squirt out some red and white paint and then paint your child's thumb red for Santa's hat and all their other fingers white for Santa's beard (see image below). Do not paint the palm of their hand as we need that space kept blank for Santa's face.

Toddlers and preschoolers will most likely need help with the painting, but if you are doing this handprint Santa craft with older children they might enjoy painting their hands themselves. 

Make sure you have added plenty of paint to your child's hand to ensure you make a good print and then when you are happy with the coverage firmly press your child's hand onto the paper.  Carefully remove their hand without letting it move around too much, as that will smear the print. You will now be left with a handprint like the one in the image below. 

STEP 3: Decorate Santa handprint

Leave your handprint to dry and then in the empty space between Santa's beard and the bottom of his hat, glue on two googly eyes and a small red or pink pom-pom as a nose to complete Santa's face. See the image below. 

If desired, glue a small white pom-pom at the end of Santa's hat and draw a smile with pencil or pen.

Finalise Santa handprint card

If making a Santa handprint card finish up your Santa craft by cutting the handprint out and glueing it to a piece of folded gold card to turn your handprint Santa into an adorable Christmas card.

Finalise Santa handprint gift bag

If you decided to make a Santa handprint gift bag, complete your craft by adding tissue paper to the bag and then add a little surprise gift inside. 

These handprint Santa gift bags are perfect to give to family and friends with their Christmas gifts inside. 

Santa Handprint Ornament 

If you love this handprint Santa craft you might also enjoy making our Santa Handprint Ornament. This Santa ornament is made from salt dough and it makes an adorable keepsake to add to the tree year after year. 

Handprint Santa Craft - Salt Dough Ornament

Check out our other Santa Crafts for Kids too!

Aren't handprint crafts so fun?! I know we had a blast making these handprint Santa crafts. We hope you do too!

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