The holidays are the perfect time to create keepsakes you and your child will treasure forever. They also make fabulous gifts for family. We’ve gathered a variety of decorative items: ornaments, wall hangings, decorations and even Christmas stockings. Not too crafty? Don’t worry; there are projects here that anybody can make.
This project doesn't require any arts-and-craftiness on your part and is quick to complete. Just get some oven-bakeable clay, smoosh your baby's foot into it, bake it and display. The Danya Banya blog shares exactly how to do it. Danya did this a few times throughout the years to make supercute mistletoe she hangs in her home each holiday.
Ultrasound Snow Globe Ornament
This darling snowglobe ornament featuring ultrasound photos not only makes a sweet keepsake, but could also be a creative way to tell family and friends you're expecting. Grab the instructions over at Crab + Fish.
Photo Christmas Tree
This keepsake is also a fun sensory activity to keep your babies busy during the holiday season. Visit Toddler Approved to learn how to make an amazing photo Christmas tree with your little one, who'll love rearranging photos of family members and pets thanks to the Velcro fasteners.
Olaf Footprint Decoration
Who doesn't love Olaf? Make some salt dough, imprint your baby's foot in it, and paint your way to an adorable ornament your baby will cherish. Go to I Heart Arts 'n Crafts for the instructions.
Feel the Love (with Feet)
You can actually use this gorgeous serving piece as well as marvel about those cute little tootsies your baby once had. To make it, you'll need oven-safe dishes, plus some special paint from your craft store. The Heather Jansen blog gives the lowdown on the simple and straightforward steps to bring this show-stopping idea to life.
Baby Clothes Christmas Stocking
If your baby is a bit older and you're having a difficult time parting with their tiny outfits, then Jacinda from Pretty Prudent has the solution for you: a Christmas stocking made from those fabrics. If you're handy with a sewing machine (or know someone who is), this adorable, timeless keepsake is one you won't want to miss. Jacinda gives a detailed tutorial, so start your adorable stocking today.
Salt Dough Handprint
Salt dough ornaments are an inexpensive and versatile way to freeze a moment in time. Try out this ornament idea with your baby's handprint and then do it again year after year to see how much they've grown. Justine from You're So Martha will show you exactly how to make this keepsake.
Baby Memory Ornament
Still haven't found a good place to store baby's hospital bracelet or other little trinkets from those first days, week or months? Fill a glass ornament with them to create a one-of-a-kind Christmas ornament. Follow the how-to instructions on Little Bins for Little Hands.
Yearly Handprint Canvas
Jen at Mama. Papa. Bubba. has a clever way of watching her kids grow, using some paint, handprints and a canvas. Use holiday paint colors and bring it out with your seasonal decor, or choose colors that go with your baby's room and display it year-round.
Do you plan to make keepsakes this year? Let us know below!
— Sarah Blight