Preserving holiday memories is easy with these inventive ideas from crafty local mom Shannon Fisher
Preserving holiday memories is easy with these inventive ideas from crafty local mom Shannon Fisher.
Photos by Shannon Fisher Photography
The hustle and bustle of the holidays can make it hard to take the time to preserve memories or keep up with family traditions. Here are some ways to stay organized and create fun keepsakes this time of year.
Each year, we enjoy making ornaments with our girls. My grandma started this tradition by sending me an ornament every year. When I moved out and had a house of my own, I had a tree of ornaments that were very special to me. Here are two simple ones that can be made for each child.
For the first, take a clear, plastic ornament. (I bought mine at Walmart for under a $1 each.) Cover each child’s palm with white poster or acrylic paint and have him or her gently cup the ornament, leaving behind a handprint. Set the ornament aside on paper or in a box to dry.
When it has dried, use the painted fingers on your ornament to represent your family members. Add faces, scarves, or other holiday decorations with permanent markers. Add names and the year to preserve the memory for years to come.
For the second one, if you don’t want to use paint, stuffing the inside of the ornament with white fill used for pillows is great for adding a white background. (White fill can be purchased at any craft store). Use permanent markers to add eyes, a nose, a mouth, and any other details. You now have a cute snowman ornament!
The start of the new year is a great time to think about recording your child’s growth!
Start with a 6-foot-long piece of 1 x 2-inch lumber. Most home improvements store will cut wood to size for you. Sand the wood, and then paint it or stain with your favorite color. Allow it to dry and then mark off lines for inches (use a yardstick as your guide) and write the numbers to identify feet with black paint or permanent marker. Now attach the chart to the wall with a picture-hanger on the back. You are ready to mark your child’s first measurement! If desired, attach a current picture to the board next to that mark, so you see not only how tall your child is now but also exactly what your son or daughter looked like with the cute freckles, missing teeth, and all! Write the date below, and continue marking and adding pictures a few times a year!
To display your holiday cards, you can punch a hole in the upper corners and string them with wooden beads in between to help keep them separated for easier viewing. Tack or tape the strings of cards where you will best see them in your home. After the holidays are over, if you want to keep the cards, you can take ribbons or a metal ring and bind the cards together through the holes you punched. This will make storage easier. This is an easy job for children, and they can look at each card that was sent that year. It’s fun to pull them out the next year and see how much everyone has grown and changed.
I hope you enjoy this holiday season with your family and create lasting memories for years to come!