I am not the first to create thumbprint reindeer. They are so darn cute and really simple to make and they are a favorite for kids.
I decided to whip up some holiday cards and gift tags using my children’s prints so that they can send them in with the teacher gifts we make this year. To make the thumbprints on the cards and gift tags we simply colored the kids thumbs with washable markers and they immediately placed their print onto the paper. Draw in some antlers, a nose and some eyes and you have a sweet little reindeer head.

I used 2″ round Avery labels for the gift tags. We placed the thumbpring in the middle of the label so that we had room to add to and from along the edge of the circle.  I love using the round sticker labels for this purpose.

Lastly since I had a bit of Sculpey Clay left over from our last round of ornament making, I decided to make keepsake ornaments with each of my kids.


Sculpey Clay
Rolling Pin
Cookie Cutter
Acrylic Paint
Clear Coat
Paint Brush
Eye Hook
Roll your clay to about 1/4″ thick and use a circle cookie cutter or a cup to cut out your ornaments. Bake according to the directions on the box.
After the ornament is finished baking and cooled, it is time to decorate. Dip the child’s thumb into brown acrylic paint and roll it onto the ornament – we found it best to start at the base of the thumbprint and roll towards the tip.
Using a small paint brush add black eyes, light brown antlers and a red nose with acrylic paint.
I also added the child’s name and the date along the bottom.
After the paint dries, spray the ornament with a coat of clear acrylic gloss.
When my children are older and married I will send these ornaments along to their home to hang on their trees!