Prepare to have your heartstrings tugged! Before you buy Christmas tree skirt options to try at home, consider a sentimental décor style you’ll cherish for years to come. Moments spent making this tree skirt will be just as sweet and precious as actually enjoying it on Christmas Day each year. It’s cheap, easy, and so meaningful to begin an annual holiday tradition of the painted handprint tree skirt for Christmas tree décor that involves the whole family.
Christmas Foot and Handprint Crafts
Our family loves making Christmas crafts with hands and feet, not to mention special projects for other holidays.
We’ve made penguin handprint ornaments with salt dough.
We’ve made candy corn footprint cards for the grandparents.
We have lots of other handprint and footprint crafts we want to try. This year we started an awesome tradition with a Christmas handprint tree skirt. It’s so adorable to capture the kids’ little handprints and footprints each year, especially while they’re small.
While I wish desperately that I’d started this tradition for my kids’ first Christmases, I’m solidly rooted in the camp of better late than never.
So much so, that I stamped on my youngest’s handprint onto the tree skirt the night before she turned four.
You’d better believe I’m still counting this year’s impression as age three. (:
DIY Handprint Tree Skirt
Trust me when I say you’ll love having this handprint tree skirt for Christmas tree memories. No matter if your kids are babies, toddlers, school aged, or even teenagers, it’s a wonderful Christmas craft to enjoy as a family. Follow these simple steps to make your own DIY handprint tree skirt for Christmas. Tree skirt selections vary by store, but I love the traditional red ones with white trim that you can find at Amazon.
- Buy Christmas tree skirt of choice. Choose a fabric without a lot of textured patterns for the best handprints.
- Buy white fabric paint and foam brushes.
- Buy a snow writer or white paint pen.
- Apply white paint to a paper plate. Mix in white glitter paint if desired.
- Use foam brush to paint child’s entire hand, paying careful attention to the fingers.
- Slowly and steadily lower hand onto the Christmas tree skirt and press down firmly. Do not slide hand or wiggle fingers.
- Slowly lift hand straight upwards without smearing or smudging.
- Repeat steps 5-7 for each child in the family.
- Allow handprints on tree skirt to dry for 24 hours.
- Use snow writer or paint pen to write each child’s name and either their ages or the year, depending on your preference.
- Allow to dry for 24 hours and enjoy!
Personalizing Your DIY Handprint Tree Skirt for Christmas
A custom tree skirt is one of the most meaningful foot and handprint Christmas crafts you can make. You can stamp on handprints or footprints or both. We really love our red and white tree skirt with handprints from our now-4-year-old and 7-year-old. You might also like a festive snowman Christmas tree skirt.
We might also stamp our border collie’s paw print on there at least one year. She’s the best dog and she totally deserves to have her paws under our Christmas tree. Come to think of it, a pet pawprint Christmas tree skirt would be another incredible keepsake this time of year.
A DIY handprint tree skirt is one of the quickest and simplest Christmas foot and handprint crafts you can make. It takes only moments each year and creates a lovely family tradition that leaves you with a precious and timeless heirloom when you’ve finally filled all the red spaces with white handprints.
(Of course, you can buy Christmas tree skirt fabric and make your own tree skirt, or choose other styles in different colors as well. Traditional red and white just happened to be our favorite!)
As an alternative, you could also make a custom Christmas table runner with white handprints from your children. Either way, this annual holiday craft becomes a beloved tradition for the whole family.