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Three Easy Keepsake Ornaments to make with the Kids

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Christmas is almost here! One thing I didn’t realize before was just how much more fun Christmas is when you have kids. The girls and I love to do Christmas crafts and one of our favorite things to do around this time of year is make our own Christmas ornaments.

The first ornament we made was a really cute one the girls actually thought of themselves. They wanted to make something with one of our old Christmas lights that didn’t work anymore.

Reindeer Christmas Light Ornament

DIY ornaments to do with the kids

All we needed for this was an old Christmas light, two brown pipe cleaners, one green pipe cleaner and a red one. You will need a hot glue gun, two googley eyes, a small red pom pom and a ribbon to hang it. And as always, for all of our projects we keep Bounty paper towels on hand to clean up the messes. Bounty helps you get through the holidays without a hitch, so you can enjoy every minute and not think about the mess!

DIY ornaments to do with the kids

To make this one all you do is glue everything onto the Christmas light.

DIY baby Christmas Keepsake Ornament  First, we twisted the pipe cleaners to make the antlers. We used a pen and wrapped the brown pipe cleaners around to make them twirl and then glued them to the top of the light.

For the green and red bow on top of the reindeer head, all we did was make the green pipe cleaner into the shape of a flower or a wreath if you will, and then used a small piece of the red pipe cleaner to tie it all together. Then we glued that to the top of the head.

Last, we glued the googley eyes and small red pom pom to make the face. We glued a piece of white ribbon to each side of the top of the light so we can hang it on the tree.

Baby Keepsake Ornament

I made one of these for both Scarlett and June their first Christmas and I wanted one for Lennon too.

Not only are they keepsakes but they are so fun and easy to make. For the DIY Christmas ornaments we used some frosted glass ornament balls that you can get from any craft store or on online here. Then you need a paint brush, some water-based, non-toxic glue, loose glitter or glitter glue. We used glitter glue because it was easier to brush on.

The easiest way to get the perfect hand print is to brush on some waterbased, non-toxic glue all over their hand, then roll their hand from the top of the ball to the bottom. Be sure to keep your Bounty paper towels on hand for this part so you can quickly clean the glue off your little one’s hand before they decide to stick it in their mouth or all over you. 🙂

Once you have the perfect glue handprint you then use a small craft paintbrush to brush on some glitter or glitter glue on the hand print. You can get creative with it and do names and dates too if you want.

Once you let it dry, this is what you get. 🙂 DIY baby Christmas Keepsake Ornament

I wrote his name above the handprint using a gold Sharpie and on the back I wrote the year.

Snowmen Fingerprint Ornament

For my girls we used part of their hand to make fingerprint snowmen ornaments.

For the girls it was the same process except that we used some white water-based craft paint instead of the glue. Since the girls hands are too big to fit the entire ornament we just used their fingertips. Then, once it has dried I let them help make some snowmen faces on their fingers. 🙂

They loved it!

We used some more acrylic paint in blue for their scarves, and a black sharpie and gold sharpie for the rest. This is what you get.

DIY baby Christmas Keepsake Ornament

On the back, I wrote each child’s name and the year. These are really great keepsakes to look back on and see how tiny their little hands and fingers were!

And that’s it! Making your own Christmas ornaments is a fun way to get the family together to do something fun and creative for the holidays. The girls love helping me and they are such cute keepsakes too!

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    December 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I adore all three of these easy to make christmas ornaments. It is our granddaughter first christmas, guess you know which one I will be doing first.

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    Robin Masshole Mommy
    December 10, 2016 at 9:34 am

    These are all great ideas! I really love the one with the little handprint. That is such a cute way to remember them when they are little.

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    Joely Smith
    December 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Three cute ideas – of course the handprint ornament is my favorite! A true keepsake!

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    Libertad Green
    December 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Those are all cute ideas! I don’t have any children, but I still like to do things like this with my parents and husband.

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    December 10, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Oh that’s a great idea using old Christmas lights! I love it! We don’t have those big lights, but what a cute reindeer and I love the painted snowmen on that one ornament.

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    December 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Oh my goodness, so cute! We make ornaments with the kids every year. Such amazing memories, our Christmas tree is like one giant keepsake at this point lol

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    Rebecca Swenor
    December 11, 2016 at 7:09 am

    These are all awesome Christmas craft ornament keepsakes to make with the kids. I love the light bulb reindeer ornaments and the hand print Christmas ball. My niece’s kids would love to do these for sure. Thanks for sharing the craft ideas.

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    December 11, 2016 at 9:20 am

    This looks like a really great thing to do with kids. Love the cute ornaments.

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    colleen wool
    December 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    these ornaments are so great. i will be making these with the grand kids.

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    Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom
    December 11, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I loved making ornaments with my daughter when she was younger :). This year she turns 16, I’m hoping to convince her to make another one to mark that milestone year!

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
    December 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    These are all so cute! I love homemade ornaments, and wish I’d have thought of that handprint one when my kids were babies.

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    December 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    These are super cute and easy ornament ideas. I am sure I could recreate these with my kids in school. Thanks for sharing.

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    December 12, 2016 at 5:19 am

    Cute! I love the idea of homemade ornaments. It’s always nice to have keepsakes on the Christmas tree. It’s fun to have those memories!

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    Dawn Gibson-Thigpen
    December 12, 2016 at 11:49 am

    i love bounty. my granny used to use them for years. such a great product

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    Dawn McAlexander
    December 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    These are all cute and simple. I think I like the snowman fingerprint balls best. That would be a great one to do for Christmas.

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    Bonnie @wemake7
    December 12, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Oh my goodness. Those ornaments are soo cute! I would love to make those handprint ornaments this year.

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    December 13, 2016 at 2:43 am

    These ornaments are so cute! Fingerprint snowmen ornaments are my favorite and I’m sure we’ll make them with my daughter this weekend! Thanks for great ideas!

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    December 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    That is a beautiful keepsake and love the idea! I need to buy a new christmas tree

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