When you think back to your childhood which holiday memories stick out?
This has quickly become a favorite annual tradition at Nana’s house. The thing that makes this gift so cool is that it “keeps on giving.” You continue to add new prints to the tablecloth every holiday season. We’ve been adding new hand-prints since 2007. It is awesome to see the kids grow and to see their penmanship change.
Also, if you want to ensure the tablecloth doesn’t become “too special to eat on” use it as a holiday dinner journal. Label the Stains of Christmas’ Past! For example our tablecloth has the note, “Zina spilled the gravy. December 24, 2009” with an arrow pointing to my unfortunate biff.
Five years ago Shad and I moved our girls away from our hometown. At first I was very disappointed that we were not able to celebrate Christmas with my family every year. Very quickly I realized it was an opportunity to create my own holiday traditions. The freedom was actually a bit overwhelming. Which traditions do you carry on? What do you change?
I’d love if you would take a moment to share some of your current family traditions, on top of any memories from your own childhood. Do you go around the table on Thanksgiving each saying something you are thankful for? Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Did your parents promote Santa Claus?
I’d gratefully soak in any stories you have to share. Now that my girls are five and six we are getting to a point where they are going to actually remember the holiday season. I’d love your help in making it magical.
Holiday Hand-Print Tablecloth Instructions (+Printable)
- A solid colored tablecloth made out of fabric
- White fabric paint
- Fabric markers
- Printer and card stock (optional)
Step 1: Wash and iron the tablecloth, your paint will set better.
Step 2: Get the fabric paint ready. Lay the tablecloth out over a flat surface. Squirt some fabric paint into your child’s hands. Next have them rub the insides of their hands together (almost like a wiggly prayer) so the paint covers their entire palm and ten fingers.
Step 3: Place the child’s hand onto the tablecloth and gently press down. Pull up and immediately walk with your little one to the bathroom to wash up.
Let’s Lasso the Moon Tip: Some fabric paints require you to blow dry the area to “set” the paint. Be sure to follow all the product directions to ensure you don’t lose any prints with future washings.
Step 4: When the paint is dry have your child (if they are able) sign their name with a fabric marker next to their hand print, even if this means a squiggly line. Nothing warms the heart more than an attempted signature. Be sure to add the date as well.
Step 5: Download this cute hand-print poem to give along with the gift.
Step 6: REPEAT, repeat, repeat! The thing that makes this gift so cool is that it “keeps on giving.” Be sure to add new prints to it every holiday season. We’ve been adding new prints since 2007. It is awesome to see the kids grow and to see their penmanship change.
I hope this annual tradition becomes a memorable part of your holiday! If you follow through with the project we’d love to see photos or hear about it.
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