Fingerprint Snowman Family Ornament

Today I am sharing my super cute Fingerprint Snowman Ornament!  Made from the cutest little fingers!


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OMG I have been waiting to share this little project with you for a few days.  I wanted to get some pictures of it on my Christmas Tree.  Well….we put up the “pre-lit” tree this evening and only one small part of one of the several strings of lights were working!  :(  So no tree pictures.  But I couldn’t wait to share!  So I just snapped a picture of it hung on some lit garland I have hanging up!  It works, just use your imagination!


I originally was inspired by the ladies at Eighteen25.  They made some cute ones last year on small canvases!

I thought I’d take it one step further because I really, really wanted to use some of that fake snow!

Items Needed:

  • Clear Glass or Plastic Ornaments
  • Paint (White, Black, Orange for sure, any other colors optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ribbon
  • Toothpicks
  • Fake Styrofoam Snow

I chose to go with the flat glass ornaments because I am mailing them.  I thought I’d have a better chance to find a box to fit the flat ones!


Start off by finding a little set of fingers!  Michael helped me out!  Paint only their fingers (the whole finger, not the finger tip or the palm of their hand) with White Paint.  I used Ms. Stewart’s new line.  I {heart} it.  It’s thick and covers really well and can be used on ANY surface.  You know how I love multi-tasking, multi-purpose things!

Gently have your helper place their fingers onto the ornament as if they are grabbing it from you.  You will be left with something like this:


and someone like this:


Hehe!  Once those dry, I decorated them.  I had an assortment of colors however you only really need Black and Orange (in addition to your white for the snowman bodies).  I wanted to add a bit more color!


We’ll start from the top and work down!  For Freddy, I added the traditional black top hat.  For my little snowman, I added ear muffs and a scarf.  For the boys’, I added stocking hats!  Next I used a toothpick and made the small dots of “coal” for the eyes and mouth.  I also used a toothpick for the orange carrot noses.  Trick:  Place a dot of orange paint in the center of the face area with the toothpick and then just use the tip of the toothpick to drag it out to a point.  It gives the nose a great real 3D carrot look!  Then I added some buttons also using the toothpick.


After these dried, I used a scrap piece of paper to make a small funnel and added the fake styrofoam snow.


Trick: DON’T use a plastic kitchen funnel. The styrofoam just static clings to the funnel instead of funneling out into your ornament. Paper worked MUCH better!

Next I tied a red ribbon around the neck of the ornament and a green one for the hook.  This is option however it added a good pop of color!


I like to date ornaments so I know what year they are from so I added a 2011 on the back!


These are GREAT for grandparent gifts from your little ones.  Oh and they are SUPER CUTE!!!  Winking smile

Disclaimer:  In no was was I compensated for mentioning Martha Stewart’s new line of paints.  Not by MS herself or by Plaid Enterprises.  I really just like it.  A lot.  So I just use it.

Don’t forget to link up your projects at my Link Party and also only a couple days left to enter my giveaway for a Nest Egg Pendant of your own!

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30 Responses
  • slr5803
    December 4, 2011


  • Linda Syverson
    December 5, 2011

    Way cute!! Was Ryan able to make one as well? With all of the different sized snowmen, I thought that the four of you had each done one finger. Would that be possible? Love you and your blog. Is it ok to say I am proud of you??

    • Cheryl
      December 5, 2011

      Linda, Ryan wanted NOTHING to do with the paint. Once I got it on his fingers, it took me another 45 to get him to unclinch his fist to clean it off. In fact, I am fairly certain some of it is still on there! I am also pretty sure I’d have to pay your brother to let me paint his finger for a craft project! And Thanks! No one has told me that in a very long time so it is always nice to hear!

  • Jill
    December 5, 2011

    This is adorable! I’d love for you to link it up to my “Sit Back, Relax, and Look at all the Loveliness” link party:) Jill♥

    • Cheryl
      December 5, 2011

      Thanks Jill! I will stop over!

  • Nicole
    December 5, 2011

    These are adorable. My family is going to have to make these.

    • Cheryl
      December 7, 2011

      Thanks Nicole! I highly recommend it, it is my favorite ornament on our tree!

  • imklvr
    December 7, 2011

    As usual, I love this. I still think you are the cutest thing out there and your blog is one of my top 3 favorite that I get in my email! So. What’d that have to do with anything? Dunno. Just felt like sayin’!

    • Cheryl
      December 7, 2011

      Thank You! You are making me blush! I appreciate the sweet comment, I need that now and again!

  • Kara
    December 7, 2011

    And another cute idea!

  • Lindsi B
    December 9, 2011

    This is a fantastic idea! I am going to try this with my kids! Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party?

  • Trisha @ Clarion Wren
    December 10, 2011

    Your snowmen are so cute. I really like this idea!

  • Shani
    December 10, 2011

    These are so cute. I have 6 kids and about 2 Christmases worth. Just FYI, I used Sharpies to decorate the snowmen and they work great! Merry Christmas!

  • Macy
    December 11, 2011

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Tuesday Confessional! You’ve been featured, so stop by and grab a button. :)

  • Kara
    December 12, 2011

    Your ornament looks fabulous!! I can’t wait to make on of my own. Thanks for sharing and inspiring us at Shine on Friday!! You always have such fabulous ideas!

  • maria
    December 12, 2011

    This idea is so adorable…I’ve been looking for a great painting craft! I’m having a link party on my blog and I’d be tickled pink if you’d link this up!

  • Kathryn
    December 2, 2012

    Thanks for the snowmen ornament idea!! I made them and they turned out adorable! I plan to give them as gifts this year.

    I blogged about it and linked your website to my blog. I hope that’s okay!


    • Cheryl
      December 2, 2012

      Yours turned out so cute!!! Thanks for linking to me! Have a great week!

  • Cute, cute snowmen ornament. I found this on the link party at Crafted Niche. :)

  • Darla
    August 29, 2013

    What did you use to make your own flat ornaments ?

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      August 29, 2013

      Darla, I picked up some plastic flat ornaments from Hobby Lobby to make these!

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