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.
I love unpacking all of our brightly colored Christmas ornaments every year. I open each tissue covered ornament and am filled with so many memories. There is a handmade feathery angel made by my Aunt Lucille (it hung on my childhood tree), ornaments purchased on family trips, and ornaments that were gifts from students and friends.
I have LOTS of ornaments.
But none are more precious than 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 Meaningful Gift for Kids to Give
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.
The best part is that parents will really appreciate this one.
A Simple Length of Ribbon
All the hand print and photo ornaments that my son created are fantastic. But my favorite gift that I find in the box of ornaments each year consists of a simple ribbon attached to a poem.
Alex’s teacher used the ribbon to measure Alex’s height when he was in kindergarten. Every year as we decorate the tree together we carefully unwind the red ribbon and stretch it out to see how “big” he once was, and compare it to how big he is now…..
and my heart grows.
I created a printable so that you can help kids make their own keepsake ribbon ornament to unwrap with their parents.
Everything You Need For the Project.
You can make ornaments with all of the kids in your classroom on the cheap. You just need a few supplies:
- 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 from my TPT store. When you are in the store, be sure to follow me to get alerts when I add new resources. 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 all 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.
Not Just for Parents
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’m sure their parents will be grateful each year when they unwrap their special ribbons.
**Note that I updated the file to include a 2018 version of the ornament.
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