This fingerprint Christmas wreath keepsake will make the perfect addition to your holiday decor, or a meaningful grandparent gift this year.
A little wood block Christmas keepsake, a perfect craft for the kids this holiday
I recently started getting my utility room organized for wood working projects (YAY!!!), and I realized just how much scrap wood I have. It’s one of those things that can quickly spin out of control, so I decided to make a small dent in the problem.
I cut a small section off of a scrap 1×6 board, and decided to make a little Christmas keepsake ornament with the kiddos. The twins are six this year, so I feel like I’m running out of seasons for hand and footprint art 🙁
Supplies Needed to make this Christmas wreath craft:
- scrap wood (I used a 6-inch cut from a scrap 1×6 board)
- sand paper
- acrylic paint – white, red, green
- black adhesive vinyl
- a simple wreath graphic and a cutting machine (I used my Cricut)
- transfer vinyl
***How I made my overlay: I made my design in Canva and then uploaded it into Cricut. If you want to make this exact 2018 wreath, download the .png file that I made in Canva here. If not, feel free to use any fairly basic wreath graphic you make have.
Quick and Easy Tutorial
Lightly sand the edges of your scrap wood – just to soften any rough edges. Using a brush lightly loaded with white paint, paint the front surface and four edges of the wood block. You can paint the block solid white, or (like i did) you can leave a little bit of wood poking through for a more “distressed” look.
Let the white paint dry. Meanwhile, cut your black vinyl. I made my design to be about 5.4″ square to fir onto a 6″ square, but you can make whatever size you like.
Remove the background vinyl, and use transfer tape to move your design onto the wood block. Smooth the vinyl down well.
Squeeze a small amount of red and green paint onto a palette or plate. Help your kiddos gently dip a fingertip into the paint and then onto the wreath.
PRO TIP: Do a couple of “test fingerprints” on a scrap piece of paper, before doing the real deal on the wood.
Let the paint dry, and then display your Christmas keepsake. I’m thinking about screwing in a small hook with a ribbon, so I can display this little wood block wreath on our Christmas tree.
Don’t forget to pin this Christmas Wreath for later: