Friday, November 28, 2014


I love doing little "secret" projects with my three young (7 year old twins and one who just turned 9) grand-babies. Last time we did a "secret" project - the beans were spilled - this time I pulled the old "if you tell, Grammie Santa might not be so good this year."  I am happy to report the secret was kept! These were for their mommy, other grandmother and their great-grand-mother to take home in a little take home basket after Thanksgiving dinner.
I think I saw these on Christmas Countdown Facebook page. Others I have seen have been one little hand per Christmas ball but I wanted to do all three so I found these large balls and there was plenty of room.  All you do is take a sponge and very generously cover their hands (no thumb) and place the palm on the bottom and they just fold up their hands to make the print - (easy wash up with soap and water).
I used a white chalk pen to write their names and Sharpies for the snowmen and Merry Christmas - no right or wrong - they all come out cute.
I Goggled "Royalty free snowman graphic" and found this little cutie-pie.  I also had to re-work the poem as the poem you see out there is for one child and we were doing the three.

Here is a sample of one of the poems (note they used the thumb):

 These aren't just five snowmen
As anyone can see.
I made them with my hand
Which is a part of me.
Now each year when you trim the tree
You'll look back and recall
Christmas of (fill in the blank)
When my hand was just this small! 

 TO PRINT: If you have a draw program just copy and paste the sheet into your program. If you do not have a draw program an easy way to print out a sheet of these labels is to "right click" on the image and "save to your desktop", then "right click" on the file on the desktop and you get the option to "open in Picasa" (if you do not have Picasa it is free and an easy download) once in Picasa select the "print" option, then "full page", if it does not fit the page then select the" fit to page" option and it will print out perfectly.  If you are not using a lami-label then print it out on a full 8 1/2 x 11 full sheet label and then cut around the labels as you need them. I know this sounds complicated but it is really easy and once you have done it you will see it is that. Right click, save to desktop, right click, open in Picasa and print. Here is the link for Picasa: Link 

Last thing to do wrap them - used a cellophane bag and tied with this adorable ribbon (not really ribbon is cord and string and tied with beads and wooden snowmen).


Large red Christmas ball, Dollar Tree
Craft paint, chalk pen and Sharpie's, Hobby Lobby
Snowman "ribbon," Hobby Lobby
Cellophane bags, Ebay seller

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. FANTASTIC IDEA!!!!!!!!!

  2. The kiddos had fun & kept the surprise & the ornaments were well received. Thank you for your comment. j.

  3. Thank you Healer - this is an easy and fun project and the ornaments were appreciated by their recipients.Thank you for stopping by. j.