Looking for a sweet keepsake ornament to make with your kids that captures a bit of who they are right now but requires zero craft skills? You’ve come to the right place. My DIY Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments are super easy, get the kids involved, cost almost nothing, and will be a precious memento for years to come. Read on to find out how to make your own. You’ll find festive kid activities from the Festive Family bloggers at the bottom of this post as well as the entry form for our MASSIVE Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway with over $1800 in prizes. Don’t forget to enter!
Materials: clear shatterproof ornaments, white cardstock, printer, ribbon, scissors, pen, various objects to fill the ornament, photo of your child, free printable found below
With a little guidance, I let my kids choose the fillers for their ornaments. I helped them find things around the house and made sure nothing too valuable went inside. The Pearl Girl chose mostly pom poms and sparkly filler from a sensory bottle, as well as a flower from her Halloween costume. The Bear grabbed stuff from all over – crayons, a dinosaur, beads, stars, etc. I gave them each the first letter of their name and their age number to add. Part of the fun of this ornament is seeing what your kids will add, but feel free to help if needed.
Print out the jpg file above as an 8×10 (right click it to save) and the circles will fit perfectly in a small plastic shatterproof craft ornament. Cut out a circle for each child and interview them to fill it out. Record their name, age, favorite things, best friends, holiday wish list, and favorite memories of the year. If you have a photo that fits, cut it to match the circle and glue it to the back so the photo shows from one side and the words on the other.
Guide your kids as they fill the ornaments with objects they choose. This is great fine motor skill practice and my kids had a blast. They are 18 months old and 3.5, and both got really in to it. Roll your circle to slide it in to the ornament and then use tweezers to arrange the contents to your liking. Put the top back on the ornament and then tie a ribbon to it to hang it on the tree. You could add a tag with the year or write on the ornament with a paint pen. This ornament will be a treasure each year as you pull it out to decorate and are reminded of a sweet moment in your little one’s childhood.
Read more about our Festive Family Holiday Hop and Gift Guide here, and find all of our Christmas posts here. Do you like holiday crafting? What’s on your craft to-do list this year?
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Festive Activities for Kids
FREE Printable Thanksgiving Day Cards and Gifts Kids Can Make from Happy and Blessed Home
7 Christmas Toddler Play Activities from Adventures of Adam
DIY Snowflakes Garland from La Cite’ des Vents
Lego Christmas Activities from Gypsy Road School
Create Time Capsule Christmas Ornaments with Kids from Bare Feet on the Dashboard
Outdoor Christmas Tree from Peach But Not Quiet
Snowflake Template Roundup from Are We There Yet?
Christmas Light Family Scavenger Hunt and Bingo from ALLterNATIVElearning
Top Ten Activities to Do with Your Kids this Holiday Season from She Lives Free
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Ahhhhhhh I see riv and floras names in there. Sweet boy!