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6 Keepsake Ornament Ideas

Baby’s Hospital Hat and Bracelet Ornament

These are our favorite ornaments. What a great way to save the hospital baby hat and hospital bracelets. Every year I decorate the tree I am reminded of the most special days of my life, the births of my three babies.

To make this ornament, simply place the baby hospital hat and mom and baby’s hospital bracelets into a clear ornament. We chose plastic, so we didn’t have to worry about it breaking.

Here is a clear plastic ornament which is four inches across. In this ornament, the opening is in the top, so we had to roll the items up tight to stuff them in. You may prefer an ornament which opens at the center such as this one. This option is a little smaller at about three inches across. To finish it off, we added our favorite ribbon to the top.

Snowmen Ornament

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For this craft, we bought a plain red ornament. I painted my daughter’s hand with non-toxic white paint (we used Crayola Washable Paint) and had her grab the bottom of the ornament like she was grabbing a ball. Each of the snowmen are her little fingers. We could not get her thumb to look like a snowman, so we kind of blotted it into the bottom a little to make it look like snow. I just used her hand to blot, but you could use a sponge.

We used sharpie markers to make the snowmen features and also to write the date and child’s name on the bottom.

Then, we printed the following saying to tie onto the top:

“These aren’t just 4 fingers as anyone can see. They’re 4 little snowmen that I made with part of me. Now each year when you trim the tree, you’ll look back and recall, Christmas 2018 when my hand was just this small.”

Here is a link to the article we used for instructions: littybitfunky.com

Wedding Invitation Ornament

wedding keepsake ornament

This ornament was inspired by a gift from a friend on the Christmas following our wedding. We cherish this ornament and have since started making them for friends and family. I prefer using a plastic ornament which does not open at the center, such as these. This way, it won’t break open.

  1. Cut the invitation up into long strips. I usually throw out the solid parts and keep any sections which include words or decorations.
  2. Wrap the long pieces around a pencil tightly, so they form a spiral. I try to wrap it moving down the pencil a bit rather than overlapping it in one single spot. When you let go, they should keep the spiral shape you see in the photo above.
  3. Slide each spiral into the ornament and shake it around.
  4. Add your favorite bow to the top.

Here is a link with more detailed instructions: Sarasfavoritethings.com

Salt Dough Ornaments

salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are so fun to make. The kids love it, because they can play with the dough just like play dough.

First, make your salt dough. Mix:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

Once you make your creations, poke a hole at the top with a straw for hanging on the tree. Then, bake at 200 degrees for 3 hours. You want to be sure the ornaments are dried all the way through. If they are still soft on the back, you may want to flip them over for a bit longer (once the top is set).

Next, you will paint your objects. I like to use acrylic paint.

Last, spray your ornaments with an acrylic sealer to help them last.

Here are instructions for a few of my favorite designs:

To Make Santa:

You will use an upside down handprint. Have your child push their hand onto the dough. Trim the dough around the hand shape leaving enough room to poke a hole with a straw. The hole will go at the base of the handprint.

The thumb becomes the Santa hat. The fingers become the beard.

To Make a Reindeer:

Have your child push their foot into the dough. Tim the excess and poke a hole about the toe area. Paint the whole foot brown, except for the eyes in the center and the red nose at the bottom.

To Make a Fingerprint Christmas Tree:

Cut out a Christmas tree shape, or use a cookie cutter. Poke a hole in the top. Have your child make fingerprints throughout the tree. The finger prints will become the ornaments. Paint the “ornaments” so they stand out.

My inspiration for these designs: Iheartartsandcrafts.com

Baby’s First Christmas Handprint Ornament

baby keepsake ornament

For this ornament, we bought a kit which made it super easy. We like the no-bake Pearhead kit. We made one of these for each of our children. It was so funny to see how big my newest daughter’s hand is compared to my other kids at the same age. There is nothing better than seeing your baby’s real handprint each and every Christmas.

Memory Time-Capsule Ornament

To make a yearly time capsule, you can place all of your special items you want to save into a large ornament throughout the year. You could include small photos, ticket stubs, little drawings, anything which means something to the family. You can even type or write out memories and place them inside.

Then, each Christmas, a new time capsule can be hung on the tree. Here is a very large plastic ornament which can be opened at the center to fill all year long. You may prefer a smaller ornament depending on the size of your memories. For more detailed instructions check out: Sprinklesomefun.com

A variation of this ornament was shared with me by a fellow mother and member of my MOPS group. She shared the idea of adding one milestone that each of your children met into the same ornament each year. You simply write out something important each of your children accomplished that year, date it, and add it into the ornament. For babies, it may be crawling, but for an older child it may be making a sports team. One day, you can open up the ornament and look back at all of the amazing accomplishments through the years.

I hope you will enjoy making some ornament keepsakes this year!

 

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10 Rainy Day Activities For Kids

“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day!”- They say

I know we all have this mentality at least from time to time! Rain… hurricanes…tornados… All this rain has me wishing for sunshine, but it also gets me thinking of all the fun things we can do inside the house! With the cool weather approaching, I thought I would share some of our favorite activities to do indoors.

1. Glow In The Dark Slime

First, the kids kept seeing the “glow-in-the-dark slime” on the TV and have been begging to make it. The rain gave us a reason to give it a try and let me tell you, it was a hit!

All you need is:

5 oz. Elmer’s glow in the dark glue
1/2 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. contact lense solution

 

glow in the dark slime

Mix it all together, then have some fun! Check out the full recipe here on Elmer’s website.

2. Paint with Cars

Grab some washable paint. We used Q-tips to add dots of paint all over a large piece of paper. The kids can drive their toy cars through the paint. We had fun experimenting with different sized cars and different types of wheels!

Painting with cars

3. Make a Blanket Fort

There is almost nothing better than making a fort out of chairs, blankets, and pillows and playing or snuggling up inside. Not sure how, but any toy or game is much more fun if played with inside a blanket fort!

Blanket forts

 

4. Fruit Loop Necklaces

Grab a box of fruit loops and some crafting pipe cleaners. The kids can thread the fruit loops onto the pipe cleaners, and even enjoy a yummy snack after.

fruit loop jewelry

 

5. Bake or Cook Together

Our favorite thing to make is the Jell-O Creations Dessert Kits. You can likely find them at your local grocery store. The kids can do all the mixing and add their own gummies. The best part is, it’s pudding, so it’s safe to lick the bowl!

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6. Build with Pretzels and Marshmallows

Connect pretzel sticks together with marshmallows to make all sorts of creations. We all know how much toddlers love to play with their food.

Pretzel marshmallow craft

 

7. Fun with Boxes: The Dice Game

My kids have plenty of toys, but give them a box and they will make believe all day! We always save big boxes to make cars, planes, or play houses. We also love what we call “the dice game.” All you need to do is tape different action ideas onto a square box, like: “Do jumping jacks,” or “Race to the Front Door.” The kids take turns rolling the dice and must do whatever action they roll. My favorite is “freeze dance.” They have to dance, but when I say “freeze” they must freeze like a statue. It’s fun and it tires them out… double win! I have to thank a dear mother and friend for this one as it about saved me when taking care of two toddlers and a newborn.

box game

8. Digging Sets

digging set

We love sets where the kids can “dig” and mine out rocks, gems, or toys. I can typically find these in the dollar spot at Target. Here’s a neat set I found on amazon.

9. Kinetic Sand or Cloud Dough

kinetic sand

My kids love this stuff… and I’ll be honest it’s pretty therapeutic for mama too! It molds and then falls apart in your hands. We use kinetic sand, but we also make cloud dough ourselves.

All you need to make it yourself is:

8 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil

 

Mix together well and have fun!

10. Experiment with New Art Supplies

The kids always have fun when we try out new art supplies. Here are two of my favorites (click the link to check them out):

Watercolor Crayons

These are awesome because they write like a crayon, but the kids can paint over them with plain water for a watercolor look!

Ooly Fresh Pick Neon Gel Crayon Highlighters

Ooly makes all kinds of fun coloring products. The crayon highlighters are scented, which makes them extra fun.

highlighter gel crayons

 

I hope you will find some of these ideas handy on your next rainy day!

 

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