How to Make a Footprint Reindeer


Tiny toes don't stay small for very long, but you can save your child's footprint with ink on paper or with a plaster cast. Crafts made using handprints and footprints capture a special moment in time, and your children can help with the project. Make a reindeer with your child every Christmas and repeat the activity each year so you can remember him and the size of his feet and hands. Compare his new reindeer to last year's to watch how quickly he is growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Crayons, markers and/or paint
  • Plastic googly eyes
  • Pom-pom
  • Glitter

Make a Reindeer

  • Remove the child's shoes and have him stand on a piece of construction paper. If you plan to make only one reindeer, use the pencil to trace around one foot. To make antlers for each set of grandparents, aunts, uncles and other relatives, use a new sheet of paper and trace around one foot for each reindeer you are going to make. Each foot shape will become the reindeer's head.

  • Ask the child to place their hands flat with fingers spread on a piece of construction paper. These shapes will make the reindeer's antlers. Outline the hand just above the wrist, trace around the fingers and finish just above the wrist on the other side of the hand.

  • Use the scissors to cut out the footprint and handprint shapes. For each reindeer, you need one footprint and two hand prints. Cut directly on the lines you drew.

  • Lay the paper footprint “head” upside-down and use the gluestick to glue the handprint “antlers” to the back of its “head.”

  • Write the name and age of the child along with the year on the back of the reindeer's head.

  • Flip the footprint reindeer head over so it is right-side-up. Use crayons, markers and/or paint to draw a face on the reindeer. Glue on a pom-pom for the nose and a pair of googly eyes to make your reindeer more animated. Press down firmly to secure the eyes and nose to the reindeer's face. Depending on the size of the googly eyes and pom-pom, you may need to use a little extra glue to stick them to the paper.

  • Rub the glue stick over the front of the antlers and sprinkle with glitter to give the reindeer some Christmas magic.

Tips & Warnings

  • To ensure accurate cutting, only an adult or older child should use the scissors for this project.
  • Punch a hole in one of the antlers and thread with some string to make an ornament to hang on your Christmas tree.
  • Avoid a glittery mess by giving stickers to the child to decorate the antlers.


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