21 Christmas Keepsakes for Kids!

I’m one of those moms that is absolutely CRAZY about keepsakes!  I just love ’em.  Any milestone, first, holiday, whatever can (and in my opinion, should) be frozen in time with a sweet little something to cherish for years to come….just check out my Project Gallery for lots of proof.

I mean, the kiddos are only little for so long, so you might as well try and freeze time any way you can.  Time marches on and all that.

What better time of year to create special keepsakes than Christmastime, amiright?  The annual tradition of decorating for the holidays brings such joy and a bit of nostalgia, and today I’m sharing with you 21 cute ideas that you can create for your own kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews, or other special little ones this holiday season!

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21 Christmas Keepsakes for Kids!

Here are several crafty Christmas keepsake creations that we’ve made for our son so far!

Ultrasound Ornament

We found out we were having a boy just six days before Christmas in 2012.  I purchased this cute (and totally appropriate) ornament frame and popped in one of our ultrasound images from that doctor’s appointment….all I wanted was him!  Now it’s so heartwarming to pull out this sweet picture of Rowan….even if he looks like an alien. ;)

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Hospital Hat & Bracelet Ornament

This idea couldn’t be easier!  We just bought a clear plastic ornament from the craft store, popped off the top and added Rowan’s little newborn hospital hat as well as one of his bracelets and umbilical cord clip (not the stump though!  I’m not that weird.) to the inside.  Instant keepsake!  I’ll probably go back and add a pretty blue ribbon to the top to jazz it up a bit, but I absolutely love pulling out this ornament each year.

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Birth Stats Ornament

I didn’t make this ornament myself but instead purchased it from Etsy.  I think it could very easily be a DIY project though, and I plan on giving it a try with my next one….whenever that day comes (no Mom, I’m not pregnant, geesh).  I just love how it captures all the stats from Rowan’s birth!

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Footprint Plate

We made three plates at a local paint-your-own-pottery shop that has since closed. *sniffle*  Two of the plates were given to the grandparents and one stayed with us.  Now it has a home on our mantel each holiday season and it fills my heart with such warmth to see my little man’s teeny tiny mistletoes from his very first Christmas.

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Footprint Ornament

For Rowan’s first Christmas, we also made three sets of these footprint ornaments with some oven bake clay (I’m too weary to make my own dough due to concerns of longevity….I want these to last!).

After the ornaments were baked, I painted them with some craft paint, sealed them with Mod Podge, added some ribbon, then wrote his name and year on the back with a metallic Sharpie (this was before I had my Silhouette Cameo or else I would have totally slapped some vinyl on there!).  We made one of his handprints the following year too.

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Personalized Glitter Ornament

I made these personalized glitter ornaments last year for Rowan and my niece, Elena.  They were so easy to make….and they look like giant, glittery M&M’s! :)

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Personalized Christmas Card Ornament

For our Christmas cards last year, I decided to turn them into keepsakes and had them pull double duty as ornaments!  I just love seeing my little one-year-old Rowan the Red-Nosed Reindeer hanging from our tree….and our friends and family loved hanging these from their trees too!

Reindeer Photo Ornament Christmas Card and Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

 

First Trip to the Beach Ornament

For Rowan’s first trip to the beach, I created this personalized floating photo ornament, complete with actual sand brought back from our trip!

How to Make a Floating Photo Ornament: Baby's First Trip to the Beach!

 

These are some other great Christmas keepsake ideas I’ve spotted around the interwebs and thought I’d share!

Baby Onesie Christmas Stocking

Here’s a great idea for repurposing all those cute little baby clothes that they grow out of way too fast: create their first Christmas stocking!  If only I knew how to sew….

Patchwork Baby Onesie Christmas Stocking by Pretty Prudent

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Photo Transfer Ornament

Photos obviously make great keepsakes, and I love this easy transfer method!

Photo Transfer Ornaments by Landeelu via Tatertots & Jello

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Christmas Wish List Ornament

Never forget what the kiddos wished for each Christmas with this sweet idea.  I’m so going to start this once my son gets old enough to make his own lists for Santa!

Make a Christmas List Ornament by Honeybear Lane

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Photo Christmas List Ornament

I love how this idea combines the photo AND the Christmas wish list (and the metal stamping is so cool!).

Photo Christmas List Ornaments by Positively Splendid

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Silhouette Ornament

You can’t beat a classic silhouette of a child’s sweet face!

Silhouette Ornaments by Little Warriors

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Dual Footprints for Siblings

If you have more than one child, combine their two footprints or handprints into a lovely keepsake like this!

Salt Dough Footprint Heart by Hub Pages (roamingrosie)

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Hand Print Santa Ornament

How fun is this painted handprint idea?!  You’re creating a keepsake AND adding some extra Christmas spirit to your tree!

Hand Print Santa Keepsake Ornament by From ABCs to ACTs

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Thumbprint String of Lights

Create a colorful string of lights with your little one’s thumbprints or fingerprints!  This would be cute on an ornament, plate, canvas, or card!

Thumbprint String of Lights by Beneath the Rowan Tree

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Time Capsule Ornament

Add some of the little things your kiddos love and create a yearly time capsule to hang from the tree!

Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments by Bare Feet on the Dashboard

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Photo & Drawing Ornament

I really like how this idea combines a photo on one side and a drawing by the child on the other to create a totally personalized keepsake ornament.

Kids’ Photo Ornament Keepsake Craft by Jeanne Winters

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Family Santa Canvas

I love how this idea gets the whole family in on the Christmas fun!

A Family of Santas Canvas by How Does She

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Homemade Snow Globe

Put your kiddos in their very own snow globes with this simple idea!

How to Make a Homemade Snow Globe by Our Best Bites

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Graduation Tassel Ornament

As kids get older, they might be less inclined to sit down and create a holiday keepsake item (what a bunch of Scrooges!). ;)

That’s why I love this idea of sticking their graduation tassels in an ornament!  It’s super easy and would be nice for the parents to keep or for the kids to hang on their own trees when they leave.

Graduation Tassel Ornament by Do It and How

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and Merry Christmas! :)

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

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  1. Linda Holder says:

    I love all the ideals that you have shared. I am going to make some of the Xmas list ornaments for this year for my grandsons to hang on their tree

  2. Great ideas! The reindeer ornament with your son’s photo is so cute!

  3. There are so many sweet ideas here, Christine! Already pinned for later :)