Every year I get a new ornament for our tree. My mom always got me and my brother an ornament and it was so special for me to have a tree full of ornaments with memories attached to them when I moved a few provinces away with my then-boyfriend (now husband). I’m continuing the tradition for my girls, but this year I changed it up a bit and had them help me make ornaments that will help us to remember just how small they once were.
This is Ashlyn’s ornament:
Basically, you cover the child’s hand in white paint and have them (carefully) grab the ornament. Let it dry and use markers or paint to draw faces on the ‘snowmen’ and decorate as you like.
And this is Rowan’s:
This is even easier – just flatten some clay (or in my case, Crayola Model Magic), press baby’s hand into it to get a lovely handprint, cut out using a cookie cutter, punch a small hole at the top for the ribbon – I used the end of a paintbrush – and let dry. If the handprint doesn’t work out the first time, just re-roll the clay and start again. I painted Rowan’s handprint with a bit of sparkly paint to give it a bit of dimension.
These also make great presents for grandparents and are easy enough to do in the days leading up to Christmas!