Holiday How-To: Make Kids’ Thumbprint Ornaments

As we grow dangerously close to Christmas, we’ve been busily checking fun last-minute gift projects off the list for friends and family, and scouring for vibrant holiday inspiration for next week’s celebrations. With kids to help decorate for the season, I thought it would be fun to have them help out with a little craft — a sweet thumbprint ornament that can serve as a gift, or even a gift topper tied to the ribbons, that the grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles can enjoy and remember for years to come.

Clay ornament tradition for the family.


Step 1

 Open GalleryMake a small round ball using clay to form your ornament.Form a small ball of clay, about the size of a large marble or a golf ball. I used air-dry FIMO product for this project, though the oven-bake products work just as well and could speed up the total time.

Step 2

 Open GalleryHave your kids make gifts this year. These DIY thumbprint ornaments are a memorable tradition for family.Have your child firmly smush his or her thumbprint into the clay. They’ll like this part, I promise.

Step 3

 Open GalleryMake DIY ornaments with your kid's thumbprints.While the clay is still malleable, unfurl a metal paperclip and use it to poke a hole through the top of the ornament for the hook, and to etch in the backside of the ornament your child’s name and the year to document when it was made.

Step 4

Allow the ornament to dry per product specifications (whether it be air-dry or oven-baked).

Step 5

 Open GalleryMake custom family ornaments with your kids.Once dried, consider the finishing touches. I like to paint mine, and while this year I went the gold or silver spray paint route, last year I picked up craft paint colors and let our daughter paint the ornaments herself. It’s the perfect annual tradition.

Run a length of floral wire through the hole you bore into the top of the ornament (this is also a handy product if you need a reliable way to secure heavy or fragile tree ornaments). If it’s a gift, wrap it up, and gift it to your family before the holiday so they can display it on the tree proudly.


  • Air-dry clay
  • Floral wire
  • Paperclip
  • Paint


  • Oven
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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