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.