Fingerprint fairy lights: homemade Christmas cards

fingerprint christmas card fairy lights

In the blogging world you are surrounded by masses of very creative people, all of whom have some excellent ideas and often you will find me sharing their ideas as I genuinely am amazed at what they come up with.

You know that I am not on their level but I do enjoy a bit of my own creativity every now and then and this year I decided we’d send our own homemade Christmas cards to our family.

I trawled my Christmas Pinterest board for ideas, I scoured the internet and finally I settled on The Dubiens Thumbprint Christmas lights idea for it’s simplicity.

I found 50 ready made cards and envelopes for £3.93 which will keep us going for a few years.

I invested in some washable Crayola paints 6 colours for £4.99, again we only used a fraction of them.

making Christmas cards

I asked the girls to choose one colour at a time and placed a small dob on a paper plate, then I invited them to dip in their finger, ‘squidge it around a bit’ to avoid using too much and then to put a print on the card. Some cards have 2 prints, a couple have an overload of one colour until we got the hang of it.

We then chose another colour each and repeated the process. This was to avoid all the colours looking brown if they got mixed together.

fingerprint fairy lights homemade christmas cards

We put them on the mantelpiece to dry out and the next day I connected the dots with a  green felt pen and a ‘clasp’ on each light to represent the bit where the lightbulb sits.

If I had read the above mentioned post all the way through I would have discovered Mrs Dubiens started with her felt pen line first and then added the fingerprints, this would have saved some very tricky dot to dots on my behalf where I had to connect the girls prints – you live and learn people.

fingerprint fairy lights homemade christmas cards


  1. November 29, 2013 / 10:49 AM

    Oh wow love these – I’m not hugely crafty either, but a. I very impressed and b. I’m going use this idea this weekend, thank you!

    • November 29, 2013 / 7:13 PM

      Have fun Luci and thanks for the compliment – we’re really pleased with our artwork :)

  2. November 29, 2013 / 9:12 PM

    What a great idea! I was trying to handprints to make reindeers. Disaster. Fingerprints I think will be easier.

    • November 30, 2013 / 10:20 AM

      I think the key is making it simple, I’ve seen some fabulous reindeer and turkeys too, even snowmen with a thumb print as a base and a finger as the tummy look good. Have fun trying

  3. November 30, 2013 / 12:12 PM

    I hope i’m getting one of these? Although the surprise has somewhat been ruined now :P

  4. December 6, 2013 / 9:47 AM

    what a lovely craft! i must get Kara to do it too!

  5. December 6, 2013 / 11:09 AM

    I wish blogging/Pinterest had been around when my son had been younger – all these fabulous, simple ideas.

  6. December 6, 2013 / 1:21 PM

    Oh I love these! A fab change to the usual reindeer ones – great Mari!

  7. December 6, 2013 / 2:57 PM

    Oooh I LIKELY!!!! You know I would, didn’t you? So bright and colourful. Lovely. Well done you and the girls.


  8. December 6, 2013 / 3:25 PM

    They are amazing I am straight off to pin them :)

  9. December 6, 2013 / 4:49 PM

    I’m hopeless at crafting, but I could easily see me letting my three loose with something like this.

  10. December 6, 2013 / 5:38 PM

    I saw these on your FB page Mari, they are so lovely! :)

  11. December 6, 2013 / 6:03 PM

    Oh these are gorgeous! I’ll bookmark for next year :)

  12. December 6, 2013 / 6:04 PM

    Oh these are adorable! What a great idea to get the kids involved in them x

  13. December 6, 2013 / 6:09 PM

    What a simple, but absolutely genius idea! On my list for projects to do with the kids next week. Thanks Mari!

  14. December 6, 2013 / 8:14 PM

    You crafty devil you! These are gorgeous x

  15. November 2, 2014 / 6:51 AM

    Such a simple and lovely idea! Will try it this year!

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