Make a simple parent gift with you classroom. Use this free printable Christmas ornament to make a meaningful Christmas gift for kids to give to parents. Easy, cheap, and inexpensive. This is a simple keepsake ornament that they will love.
If you are looking for a simple parent gift to make with your class, I have the perfect keepsake Christmas ornament idea for you. The craft is simple, inexpensive, and can be adapted for kids of all ages and abilities.
A Meaningful Gift for Kids to Give
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 for me. 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.
A Simple Length of Ribbon
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.
Supplies for Ornament
You can make ornaments with all of the kids in your classroom on the cheap. Here are the supplies that you need:
- colorful paper (card stock works best)
- pipe cleaners (1/4 pipe cleaner or chenille stem needed per ornament)
- ribbon or yarn for the top tie
- ribbon cut to the length of each child
- hole punch
- glitter glue, rhinestones, sequins (optional)
Download the Free Printable Christmas Ornament
The first step to creating the ornaments is to download the SIMPLE PARENT GIFT PRINTABLE. Open the document and you will find one copy of the ornaments with the current date and one copy without the date.
Assemble the Christmas Ornament for Parents
Print the ornaments on card stock and cut them out on the dotted lines. 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. I secured the pipe cleaner in place with the hanger ribbon.
Finally, I looped the measured ribbons and secured them in place with the pipe cleaner. It’s easy-peasy and quick. At this point, kids can sign the ornaments and they are all ready to send home for their gift to their parents.
Make it all Fancy
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. Make them unique and experiment with supplies.
In addition to giving these ornaments to parents as a Christmas gift you can consider the following ideas:
- gift for grandparents
- 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 2017 version of the ornament.
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