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!
21 Christmas Keepsakes for Kids!
Here are several crafty Christmas keepsake creations that we’ve made for our son so far!
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. ;)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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! :)
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!
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!
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….
Photo Transfer Ornament
Photos obviously make great keepsakes, and I love this easy transfer method!
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!
Photo Christmas List Ornament
I love how this idea combines the photo AND the Christmas wish list (and the metal stamping is so cool!).
You can’t beat a classic silhouette of a child’s sweet face!
Dual Footprints for Siblings
If you have more than one child, combine their two footprints or handprints into a lovely keepsake like this!
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!
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!
Time Capsule Ornament
Add some of the little things your kiddos love and create a yearly time capsule to hang from the tree!
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.
Family Santa Canvas
I love how this idea gets the whole family in on the Christmas fun!
Homemade Snow Globe
Put your kiddos in their very own snow globes with this simple idea!
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.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and Merry Christmas! :)