Well, I finally made something from Pinterest that didn't turn out completely awful. To be completely honest though, I'm not sure I could have messed this up, because it's pretty simple to make and takes very few steps. So, while scrolling through Facebook one evening while nursing my little guy, I found the cutest Christmas ornament. Someone had taken one of those hospital hats they give all newborns and their hospital bracelet from their baby and put them in a clear bulb.
I saw this as a way to stop hoarding things in my memory box, but also creating a very adorable keepsake that also doubles as a festive decoration. (Though it doesn't necessarily have to be kept as a Christmas tree ornament. You could hang it anywhere year round if you want to.) These could also be great gifts for the grandparents if you have enough hats and bracelets. I'll give you the complete tutorial, supply list and some great optional ideas that I'm still considering myself. Enjoy!
•One clear Christmas ornament bulb. You'll want to get a decent size since you're stuffing a hat and bracelet in it. I personally suggest plastic for a few reasons. 1- You'll be stuffing things into the ornament. If you get glass, you'll need to be very delicate as not to break it. 2- If you get plastic, it'll be very hard for your little one to break it. (My guy broke one of our glass ornaments tonight. Sigh.) Trust me, I'm glad I got the plastic ones with a rowdy around! I got mine at Walmart for only 96 cents!
•The blue and pink hat the hospital stuck on your sweet newborns head straight after birth (I'm not sure if they're all pink/blue striped, but from what I've seen on Pinterest and Google, they seem to be.) If you didn't get that blue and pink one, use whichever one they gave you.
Every bracelet is different so this is where the optional supply list will come in handy. Our bracelet says "Baby Boy Fender" (for both boys). So the ornaments currently do not have their names on them, but they do have the dates obviously. So we know which ornament belongs to which boy.
Optional Supply List:
Whatever kind of writing utensil you want to use is fine. This will be for writing your child's name on the outside.
Note- You could also write it on paper of something else and put that inside the ornament as well. Whatever you prefer.
•Blue or Pink ribbon-
I'm still trying to decide whether or not I want to add anything at all to mine. I saw some cute ones on Google that had a blue or pink ribbon on them. I think this is a cute idea.
So first you need to take off the top part of the ornament. (My son is a pro at this even though I tell him not to touch the ornaments.)
Now to stuff the hat inside, I just started with the bottom and stuffed it into the bulb. I saw some who folded theirs length wise to stuff it in, but whatever works for you. In order to get the hat arranged how I wanted it, I used a pencil to get to the bottom and move it around.
Then I took the bracelet cut off some of the excess part of the band and taped it so it formed a circle. I just kind of dropped it in and used the pencil to move it to the perfect placement. After that I just put the top part back on the bulb and I was done.
That was the easiest DIY I've found on Pinterest/Facebook yet. Especially since it turned out so great. I'm currently contemplating putting their names on their bulbs along with a blue ribbon on the top. I think they look wonderful just the way they are and I definitely don't want it to be too "busy" by putting too much on or in them. I saw one that had tons of stuff inside and that just seemed to be overboard for my taste.
I'd love to see your photos if you make one! Please feel free to post on my Facebook page or use the following hashtag on Instagram or Twitter so I can see yours! #ToFDIY