A Christmas Craft: Handprints for Joy!

Joy to All People!

There is no greater time of year to reflect on the joy that the story of Christ brings. For this Christmas craft, we will reflect on the great joy that the shepherds experienced after the angel appeared and proclaimed the good news of God’s promise. Today, you and your family have a chance to create artwork that expresses the joy that the greatest gift brings.

Joy Handprints

Supply List

White or light-colored cardstock or construction paper (8×11 inches)
Green paint
Black marker (for the trunk!)
Other colored paper, sequins, puff balls, etc. (for the Christmas tree ornaments!)
Something sparkly or a small piece of yellow paper (for the star on the tree!)
White glue
Another colored marker (for the Bible verse!)


  1. Paint your hand with the green paint, and place it in the center of the white or light-colored paper.
  2. Wait for your handprint to dry completely.
  3. Use sequins, puff balls, colored markers, or any other decoration of your choice to create the decorations and ornaments for your Christmas tree.
  4. Wait for the glue to dry.
  5. Write or paint the letters “J” and “Y” in big letters on either side of your handprint tree.
  6. Write “Luke 2:10” at the bottom of your beautiful artwork!


Setting The Scene

Imagine that you were sitting outside talking with your friends. Now, imagine having someone suddenly appear to give you the biggest, most awesome announcement you will ever hear in your life! They gave you absolutely no warning about the great news you just received. You would be shocked and maybe even a little bit scared. Wouldn’t that be a lot to take in?

The story of the angels appearing to the shepherds is one of the most exciting parts of the Christmas story. The shepherds were a lot like us—everyday people leading busy lives. But God saw fit for them to be among the first who would ever hear the good news of great joy!

In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” —Luke 2:8-10

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