Family Christmas Tree



This large display project brings the whole family together to create a Christmas Tree out of handprints. Projects the whole family can share in are that much more special. Mom and Dad will be surprised at how much it means to them to have their hands with their children's -- someday the kids will look back on this and be so glad Mom and Dad and there too!

Products Used

  • MB-1071 18" Oval Platter
  • SA-003 White
  • SC-10 Teal Next Time
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-25 Crackerjack Brown
  • SC-27 Sour Apple
  • SC-34 Down to Earth
  • SC-39 Army Surplus
  • SC-40 Blueberry Hill
  • SC-51 Poo Bear
  • SC-52 Toad-ily Green
  • SC-63 Popeye's Favorite
  • SC-82 Tuscan Red
  • NT-CLR Clear One Dipping
Decorating Accessories
  • CB-106  #6 Script Liner
  • CB-604  #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 Synthetic Sponges
Additional Materials
  • Sea Sponge
  • Cotton Balls
  • Bisque Attachment (optional)
Project Info




  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using the cotton balls, apply a wash of SC-51 Poo Bear to the front and back of the platter.
  3. Use CB-106  #6 Script Liner to apply 3 coats of SC-82 Tuscan Red to the rim of the platter.
  4. Turn the platter long ways. You will apply handprints approximately 1/3 of the way up the platter with fingertips facing downward. Use SC-39 Army Surplus for all handprints that go down first. Use SC-63 Popeye's Favorite for any handprints that will overlap the first set of handprints. Each family will need a slightly different arrangement to make their tree work depending on the number of children, if there are one or two parents and the size of the children's hands. A good rule of thumb (pun intended) is that the biggest prints should be placed on the bottom outside of the tree, palms slightly turned in with fingers pointed in a slight diagonal outward. The second largest set of prints should be placed above the largest set of prints mimicking the same positioning but a bit more inset. Likewise, the third largest set can go above the previous set. The smaller prints can fill in the gaps, fitting between the two largest prints. If any small prints overlap the larger ones do them in SC-63 Popeye's Favorite.
  5. Apply 3 fingerprint pointing upward to complete the top of the tree. Be creative and think through how to position the hands before you get started.
  6. Apply 3 coats of SC-52 Toad-ily Green to the star magnet that you'll attach to the piece.
  7. Sponge 1 coat of SC-52 Toad-ily Green around the handprints anywhere SC-51 Poo Bear is showing. Be careful not to go outside the boundry of the "tree".
  8. Using a liner brush and SC-15 Tuxedo, outline the tree with the appropriate number of tiers.
  9. Paint a trunk on by applying 3 coats of SC-34 Down to Earth in the shape of a rectangle.
  10. If there are four people in the family, pencil or trace on four "gifts" under the tree. To create a gift that looks like the one on the left of the photo, apply 3 coats of SC-82 Tuscan Red to the box and paint a ribbon using 3 coats of SC-40 Blueberry Hill.
  11. To create a box like the gift directly to the left of the tree, apply 3 coats of SC-10 Teal Next Time to the package and 3 coats of SC-27 Sour Apple to the ribbon.
  12. To create the package to the right of the tree, apply 3 coats of SC-51 Poo Bear and fill in the dots with 2 coats of SC-25 Crackerjack Brown or SC-82 Tuscan Red. Paint one half of the ribbon with SC-25 Crackerjack Brown and the other with SC-82 Tuscan Red.
  13. To create the right most gift, apply 3 coats of SC-40 Blueberry Hill to the packages and 2 coats of SC-82 Tuscan Red to the ribbon.
  14. Personalize each gift with the name of one family member.
  15. Add the family name beneath the entire tree and packages.
  16. Write "peace" or another word of your choosing on the star. Attach the star to the top of the tree with SA-003 White (optional).
  17. Apply NT-CLR Clear One Dipping.
  18. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.