Believe it or not, I didn’t own a tree skirt until about 2 years ago. I know, I know. I just never got around to buying one, and it didn’t seem that important. Two years ago, my mom finally decided that enough was enough and sent me one, along with an idea that I absolutely loved. She suggested that I let the kids put their handprints on it each year, and that’s the story of how I started my handprint memory tree skirt.
This is now one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Last year was the first year we did the handprints, and when we pulled the skirt out this year, it was adorable to watch the kids match their hands to their old prints to see how they’ve grown. I loved it too — it’s hard to believe how small they were last year!
This is one of those crafts that is super easy, but the result is awesome, and it just gets better every year. I can’t wait for the day when my entire skirt is covered with bigger and bigger handprints. I hope the kids never get tired of matching their bigger hands to the old prints. It’s magical, and isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
Handprint Memory Tree Skirt, Step-by-Step
- plain tree skirt (I recommend a lighter color without a print. This one is similar to the one I have.)
- cardboard or trash bag
- paper plate
- acrylic paint
- foam paintbrush
- puff paint
- On a hard surface, place your cardboard or trash bag. This is to protect your floor/table from the paint.
- Spread your tree skirt out over the cardboard or trash bag. Try to get it as smooth as you can.
- Put some paint on your paper plate, then use the foam paintbrush to paint your child’s hands. Babies and really little kids can be hard, but I use these tips to get good prints!
- Make the handprint on the tree skirt! I do both hands with my kids, but if you have a larger family, you might only do one hand each to save space.
- Send the kids off to wash their hands, then use the puff paint to write the child’s name and the year.
- Allow at least 2 hours for the puff paint to dry.
- Put your tree skirt around the tree and admire your handiwork. Next year, you can do it all over again!