Easy Keepsake Thumbprint Christmas Ornament

Thanksgiving weekend was CRAZY around here! We hosted dinner at my house, so I had people here from Wednesday to Friday. On Saturday, I spent my day cleaning and working (and eating leftovers.) I had promised the kiddo I’d do a craft with her too, but by the time the weekend came, I was just fried in so many ways. Rather than break my promise, I decided to just do something super simple. This keepsake thumbprint Christmas ornament fit the bill. It was cheap, easy to make, and required little setup and cleanup.

keepsake thumbprint Christmas bulb ornament

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I have a bunch of fillable ornaments laying around, but for these, I chose the 100mm disc craft ornaments. The clear plastic disk ornaments have a nice flat surface that makes it easy for little fingers to hold.  

The process:

Using a permanent marker, I drew a squiggly line and added some dots where I thought “bulbs” would look good. It was all freehand and literally took me less than a minute.

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Next, my daughter dipped her thumb in acrylic paint and added a thumbprint next to each dot. We went with all different colors to make it look like colored bulbs.

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 As you can see, we forgot one! I didn’t even realize it until we put it on the tree. The good news is that it can be easily fixed.

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After the paint dried, I added the year and tied a ribbon to the keepsake thumbprint Christmas ornament so it could be hung on the tree.

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I liked the ornament clear, but she wanted to stuff her thumbprint Christmas ornament with faux snow. We used the fluffy stuff because we had it on hand from another project anyway. I think it would have been super cute filled with tinsel too, but we didn’t have any on hand.

Creating this adorable thumbprint Christmas ornament literally took us less than an hour to complete, but we’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come. She’s growing fast and it won’t be long before we’re looking back at this day and marveling at how little her thumbs were!

I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon bonding with my daughter than crafting with her. We had so much fun laughing and talking about the weekend’s events and what we’re looking forward to this season. Things have been so busy lately that I feel like all I do is tell her “in a few minutes.” This time, a “few minutes” was all about her, and we both loved every second of it.

I plan on making several different ornaments with her this year, and hopefully I’ll be able to share them on the blog too! What are your favorite ideas?




  1. Anna Mitchell

    December 1, 2017 at 8:48 pm
    Wow what a crafty and cute idea! Saves money too.
  2. Deborah Cochran

    December 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm
    I love this idea! Would be fun to receive an ornament with my grandkids' thumbprints :) Such a unique idea that I plan to tell all of my family and friends about. So easy to make too!
  3. Shelly

    December 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm
    Very cute idea! And fun for the kids!
  4. Donna K

    December 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm
    This is so cute! What a clever idea!
  5. Shannon Pickin

    December 13, 2017 at 9:53 pm
    What a great idea! Very cute :)

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