Making handmade ornaments for baby’s first Christmas is a great way to start a fun family tradition that you can enjoy for many years to come. While there are plenty of companies offering commemorative baby’s first Christmas ornaments for purchase, there is still something special about an ornament you made yourself. Homemade Christmas tree ornaments also make thoughtful gifts for grandparents, daycare providers, and other important people in your baby’s life.
Salt Dough Handmade Christmas Ornaments
If you think there’s nothing more precious than baby’s tiny hands and feet, keep that memory alive by creating a simple salt dough handprint ornament in honor of baby’s first Christmas. Salt dough can be made by combining 2 cups flour, ½ cup salt, and ¾ cup hot water to make a mixture that is a cross between clay and Play-Doh. Roll the dough into a circle, then make an impression of your baby’s hands or feet. Use a pencil to poke a hole in the top of the ornament so you can hang it on your tree. Microwave your ornament for about three minutes. When it’s cool, decorate with acrylic craft paint in the colors of your choice.
Decoupaged CD Ornament
Have you ever wondered what to do with all those scratched CDs that no longer play? Consider turning one of them into a pretty ornament for your Christmas tree using a few basic craft supplies. Trace the CD shape twice on the back of a sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper in the pattern of your choice. Cut out both shapes, then attach them to the CD using a thin layer of Mod Podge or Elmer’s school glue. Smooth out air bubbles with a craft stick and allow to dry completely. Add a photo of your baby along with his name, the date, and any embellishments you’d like to include. Apply two or three thin coats of Mod Podge or Elmer’s glue to seal and protect the ornament. Punch a hole in the CD for hanging using a tool such as the Crop-A-Dile.
Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas With Beads
Beaded ornaments add a touch of sparkle to your tree and are surprisingly easy to make. You can either purchase beads from your local craft store or save money by recycling beads collected from broken or unwanted costume jewelry. Cut a piece of jewelry making wire about five inches long and use a pair of needle-nose pliers to make a small loop at one end. Attach a photo charm you created using the process in the Create Custom Photo Jewelry slideshow to this loop. String beads in the desired pattern, then make a second loop at the top of your ornament. Add a ribbon hanger.
Paper Homemade Christmas Tree Ornaments
Paper ornaments are more fragile than other types of homemade Christmas tree decorations, but these projects can still be nice additions to your tree if they are handled carefully. About Family Crafts has instructions for a pretty paper ornament ball that you can make using cardstock and Christmas wrapping paper. This project could be turned into a commemorative Christmas ornament by adding small photos to each side of the paper ball. Use a circle or square scrapbooking paper punch to crop small shapes from your prints.
Baby Sock Snowman Ornament
If one of baby’s socks has lost its mate, don’t throw it away! If you have one white sock and one colored sock, you can turn them into a cute snowman ornament for your Christmas tree. Fill a white sock with cotton batting, tying it shut just above the ankle. Trim off the cuff, then tie a piece of ribbon around the sock to divide it into the snowman’s head and body. Make a hat for the snowman by gathering a colored baby sock together at the ankle and tying with string. Cut off the foot, roll up the edge of the sock like a stocking cap, then sew on the hat. Add buttons to the snowman’s tummy, then add eyes and a mouth using a fine tipped marker.