If you are looking for a simple parent gift to make with your class, I have the perfect keepsake ornament idea for you. The craft is simple, inexpensive, and can be adapted for kids of all ages and abilities.
I love unpacking our Christmas ornaments every year because so many of the decorations on our tree bring back fond memories. I have the angel’s from my childhood Christmas tree, I have ornaments purchased on family trips, and I have handmade ornaments given to me by my Aunt Lucille. My most precious ornaments, however, are the keepsake ornaments that my kiddo made. I am so grateful to his past teachers and daycare providers for helping him make holiday ornaments and decorations that our family can enjoy year after year.
All the hand print and photo ornaments that he made are fantastic, but my favorite gift that he made consists of a simple ribbon attached to a poem. The ribbon was used to measure Alex’s height when he was in kindergarten. Every year as we decorate the tree together we carefully unwind the ribbon and stretch it out to see how “big” he once was, and compare it to how big he is now.
I created a printable so that you can help kids make their own keepsake ribbon ornament.
Click HERE to get your printable ornaments. You will find one copy with the current date and one copy without the date so that you can use the printable in future years (simple write in the date with a marker)
Print the ornaments on card stock and cut them out. Cut a piece of ribbon the same length as each child. You can get fancy with the ribbon, but an inexpensive curling ribbon will work just fine. I cut a smaller piece of ribbon, tied it at the ends, and looped it through a hole in the top of the paper ornament to make a hanger. To attach the kid-length ribbon to the ornament, I used a 1/4 piece of pipe cleaner.
If you want to make the ornaments a little fancier, kids can color them with crayon or markers, add glitter, decorate them with glitter glue, use stickers, or add paint with q-tips. Older kids with better fine motor skills might enjoy adding sequins or gems.
In addition to a parent gift, these would also make a nice gift for grandparents, god parents, as well as aunts and uncles. I hope that you have fun making these keepsake ornaments with your kids. I know that any recipient will treasure the special gift. **Note that I updated the file to include a 2016 version of the ornament.
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