The Best Handmade Christmas Ornaments
Baby’s First Christmas ornaments are an adorable keepsake, but it’s easy to find some truly horrendous options. One way to avoid those is to make your own. I love the idea of taking one of your baby’s very first tiny socks, attaching them to one another creating a ribbon to hang them from. You could add a simple tag like these with your baby’s birth stats and the year of her first Christmas. Really simple and adorable. If you’ve lost all those tiny socks, it’s easy to do, you could buy a new pair to use.
Another classic First Christmas ornament is a clay and hand print ornament. Here is a kit which gives you everything you need, though it’s as easy to collect your materials at the craft store. If you have a very small infant you’re going to need to get an impression of their foot rather than their tiny hand because it’s very difficult to get those hands to open for any length of time.
I love ornaments that incorporate our best memories from that particular year. Which is why I’m very fond of this DIY ornament utilizing your Flickr images and Big Huge Labs’ mosaic maker. Simply choose your photos, create a mosaic with them and attach to card stock. This could also work as a baby’s first Christmas ornament.
I love these gingerbread men made of polymer clay. Your child could easily help you make them and, as Ljc did, you could create personalized shrinky dink paper tags for each one.
Kids Craft Weekly has several simple-for-kids ornament ideas. My absolute favorite are the paper lanterns and the paper cranes. Though after my sister’s wedding where we strung up 1,000 paper cranes, I’m not sure I’m up for it yet.
I have a feeling my kids would try to eat this peppermint candy wreath ornament right off the tree. But still it’s really cute and simple to make. Maybe Martha is going soft?
Derek and Lauren from The Curiosity Shoppe shared this wonderful tutorial for Modern Paper Ornaments at Design*Sponge. Sized as they are they’d be wonderful decorations in your window or maybe hanging down from the ceiling over my mantel or dining room table. You could also size them smaller (using smaller strips of paper) to hang on your tree.