Monday, December 16, 2013

Kid-Made Time Capsule Ornament

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When I was a kid, my mom would buy me a Christmas ornament every year.  Now that I'm grown, I look forward to putting all thirty-some of my ornaments on the tree.  The memories around some of them are hazy, but others are so vivid as many times, the ornament theme was based on my current interests.  So, every year, I buy an ornament for each kid based on each of their interests that year.  until now...

This year, I'm doing it different.  This year, I'm letting Bear {5 yrs} make his own ornament.  I saw these great plastic fillable ornaments at Hobby Lobby and inspiration struck.  I explained to Bear that he was going to get to make his own ornament and he was ecstatic.  So I sent him off on a hunt around the house to find things that reminded him of what he'd done or been really into this past year. 

The items he chose were: a matchbox car, a donut button, a plastic fireman, a bouncy ball, a small soccer ball, a fabric leaf, a stick, legos, and a kidney bean.  In hindsight, I do wish that I had asked him to write his name on a piece of paper and included that...

After he placed all of the items in the ornament, I put a thin bead of superglue around the edges to seal it shut so everything didn't fall out.  {I did make sure to let Bear know ahead of time that everything we put in there was not going to be able to be taken back out.}

Then I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo to cut out Bear's name and the number 5 {his age} in vinyl to stick on the outside.  All that was left was to let him choose a ribbon to tie onto it and hang it on the tree.  And we've got an ornament that perfectly encapsulates his five year old year better than any store bought one ever could. 
UPDATE: It's now four years after I originally wrote this post and we still uphold this tradition. I have ziplocs labeled for each child that we collect things in for their ornaments throughout the year. I'd love to see these ornaments if you've made them! 

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