Having just welcomed a new baby to our family, Christmas seems to have taken a backseat to the constant feedings and diaper changes. Trying to get in the spirit, I’ve been contemplating some simple holiday crafts I could manage to do with a baby on my hip and two kids running around. What better project than creating my newest little one his own special keepsake Christmas ornament?
While brainstorming, I stumbled upon his tiny hospital bracelet with his birthdate and time on it and thought it made a perfect little keepsake. I remember tucking away his brother and sister’s hospital bracelets somewhere long ago, not really knowing what to do with them. How fun would it be to have them hang on the tree every year and remember how tiny they once were? So we ventured to the craft store for a few supplies and I raided my craft stash for the rest.
Materials: clear Christmas ornaments, letter stickers, glitter, ribbon
First, I applied the stickers to add the name and birthday to the outside of the ornament. I chose large stickers for the name and smaller ones for the date.
For the next step, I grabbed a circle cookie cutter to hold my ornament in place, but you could easily use a jar lid. I removed the metal ornament top and poured some glitter inside.
Next I inserted the bracelet into the ornament. Make sure you get ornaments with large enough openings for the bracelets to fit through. It took a bit of pinching and wiggling to get the hard plastic part of the bracelet in, but it finally fit!
Finally, replace the metal top and tie on a piece of ribbon for hanging. Now your keepsake Christmas ornament is ready for the tree! It doesn’t get much more simple than that!
This little holiday craft project cost less than fifteen dollars. Our little guy now has his very own special keepsake ornament hanging on the tree—and I managed to do a craft with two kids and a baby in the house! It could almost be considered a Christmas miracle!