DIY Baby’s First Wood Christmas Ornament
Our baby boy is 6 months old and we will be celebrating his first Christmas! It’s so fun to watch my 5-year-old and 3-year-old get so excited about introducing their baby brother to all the Christmas fun.
A little secret…I totally forgot to make my 3-year-old’s first Christmas ornament. So his sweet little hand print looks giant since he was actually 2 when I remembered to do it 🙂 Isn’t that the life of a mom!
This baby’s first ornament was super easy to make! And I created a little DIY tutorial so you can make one too.
Baby’s First Ornament: Handprint on Wood Circle
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- Wood circle (I got mine at Michael’s for $2.99. Here’s a similar one.)
- Black Chalk Paint
- White Acrylic Paint (Tip: Use white stamp pad. It’s much easier to paint a baby’s hand or foot with a stamp pad.)
- White Sharpie Paint Pen
- Paint Brushes
- small hook
First use a pencil to draw a circle (the outline of the background). I just left a little room between the edge and where the background circle would start. It’s pretty easy to free hand draw a circle on the wood. You can just follow the natural rings in the wood.
Drawing the circle in pencil will act as a border for the paint.
Next paint the circle with your black chalkboard paint. Let the paint dry for about 15 minutes. It doesn’t take very long to dry!
Now grab your wiggly sweet baby and cover the hand in white paint. It’s a good idea to have someone help you distract the baby while you get the handprint.
I laid him on the changing table and had my 5-year-old play with him, while quickly painted his hand and pressed it on the wood. You’ll also want some wipes nearby to clean those little fingers off quickly and then wash baby’s hand in the sink.
Full Disclosure: The handprint didn’t come out as perfect as I wanted it, so I grabbed my 2-year-old and used his fingers to fill in where it didn’t get the whole handprint. Then I used the black paint to “touch up” a few spots where white paint had gotten out of control!
After the handprint dries, then use the paint marker to write baby’s name and the date. I choose to write his first Christmas, but I guess you could write baby’s birthday if you wanted.
Last you can screw the hook into the wood and tie a ribbon onto the hook. Then hang it on your tree!
I love how his little hand turned out. Even though the days are so long (especially when he’s teething), I know one day I am going to miss the sweetness that is this season of life. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and are able to slow down and enjoy the moments during the busy holiday season!
What are your favorite DIY crafts that save you money during the holidays?