Fingerprint Christmas Ornaments

These DIY fingerprint Christmas ornaments make the perfect toddler craft!

They are easy to make and turn out so cute.

We used this air dry clay to make ours. You could use homemade salt dough if you want – just bake the ornament before you paint it.

However, using air dry clay makes this an easy, low-prep craft and eliminates the need for baking!

FIngerprint crafts are great because they give you that personal touch without having to dip your child’s entire hand in paint.

These fingerprint Christmas ornaments make the perfect homemade gift for family members! Make one for yourself as well to have as a keepsake!

How to Make Fingerprint Christmas Ornaments Using Air Dry Clay


  • air dry clay (we use this kind)
  • Christmas cookie cutters
  • rolling pin
  • paint (I used this kind because that’s what I felt comfortable dipping my toddler’s fingers in)
  • baby wipes or wet cloth
  • straw or pencil
  • sharpie
  • ribbon or string


STEP 1) Pour a small amount of paint on a paper plate. You’ll only need a small amount of each color.

STEP 2) Roll out your clay until it’s about 1/2 inch thick.

STEP 3) Use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out your ornament. Poke a hole in the top using a straw or pencil.

STEP 4) Use your toddler’s finger to press fingerprints into the clay. These will be the Christmas lights on the tree.

STEP 5) Dip your child’s finger in paint and press into the Christmas light shapes. Keep baby wipes nearby so you can easily wipe one color off and move on to the next one.

STEP 6) Allow the ornament to dry for at least 24 hours. When it’s completely dry, use a sharpie to draw a string connecting the lights.

STEP 7) Thread your ribbon or string through the hole. Let your child hang their ornament on the tree!

DIY Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers

What’s your favorite Christmas ornament to make with your little ones? Let us know in the comments! We would love to see what you make – share your homemade ornaments on Instagram and tag @happytoddlerclub using the hashtag #happytoddlerclub!

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