We have all seen Christmas ornaments for Baby’s First Christmas. They all look non-personal. You can make one that is personal and special to your child. You can use a glass bulb or you can use plastic in any color. You could also use the ones from a craft store that is clear and can be opened. If you use one that can be opened you could put a little keepsake inside as well. To make the glitter footprints use white school glue. Spread white school glue across a sheet of wax paper. Take the wax paper and place on the bottom of your child’s foot. If your child’s foot is not being cooperative tickle the top of the foot near the toes. They will extend their toes allowing you to do this part much easier. Now place the foot against the bulb. Having someone help you is very helpful. Roll the foot a little to make sure the glue print is a good impression. Wipe your child’s foot with a wet wipe. Over a bowl pour the glitter onto the bulb. If need be press lightly to make sure it adheres well. Allow to dry overnight. Use a spray polyurethane to spray two to three light coats over the entire bulb to make sure the glitter does not come off. Let dry until no longer tacky. Its now ready to hang on a tree. You could also do this with a hand print.
Use Fimo dough of your choice and make a disk. Use a straw to cut a hole for the ribbon to attach to it. Press the key into the Fimo dough to make a good imprint. Bake as directed. Write sentiments on the side. If you would like, wash the key and dry – then glue into the imprint. Makes great little keepsakes when you move.
What a great piece of memory you can make – and its very simple to do. Would work great as a little gift to Grandparents. Take white acrylic paint and spread over area larger than one of your child’s feet with a paintbrush on a paper plate. Dip child’s foot into the paint and then brush excess off while making sure every area of the foot is covered. Tickle top of toe area to help make toes spread. Place child’s foot in a hovering position to ensure it will go down where you want it to. Gently press down on foot and ensure pressure is given from heal to toes and lift directly up. When dry add dots for mouth and eyes to make the ghosts and paint the wording. Seal with polyurethane. Make sure to wash both feet well – would be best to do this before bath time.
Using a cupcake pan with 24 wells you can make yourself an advent calendar. Make 24 circles out of card stock paper and make smaller circles with 1 – 24 on them. Place a piece of candy (or two or three to make sure each child has a piece) or little keepsakes in each well and attach the circles which would be edged with roll on glue around the edges.
Use favorite colored ornaments either made from plastic or glass (caution should be taken when working with children and glass ornaments). ‘Paint’ child’s hand using white (or choose a color and be bold) finger paint. Have them grab a hold of the bottom of the bulb making sure not to squeeze bulb or to move once hand has made contact with the bulb. Have the child gently remove their fingers first by pulling straight off. Then remove palm. Decorate the ‘snowmen’. You might want to spray a protective coating of polyurethane to keep the paint from peeling. You could also use glue instead of paint and just glitter the whole hand. Great keepsake and would be a perfect gift for grandparents, uncles and aunts.
What a wonderful creation that would make great candle holders. Even making enough for a little take home keepsake for each of your guests would not be costly and be very unique. You will need eight wrapped candy canes. Start with two and continue hot gluing each as you go along. You will not need a lot of glue and low setting is just fine. When you get about half way through you will need to keep the candle in place as well so it will all look just right when you finish off with the eighth candy cane. Finish with a ribbon and bow. You could also make smaller versions of these with just four candy canes and use them as name tag holders. Make sure the ‘hook’ of the candy canes stay on a flat surface to make sure your end product can stand on its own. This will be such a great addition to your Christmas party and everyone will really enjoy them.