So it’s December 21st – there is still time to do a fun Baby’s First Christmas Ornament! This quick project is for the 15 friends of mine with new babies this year, or for their friends who can get the supplies and set it up for the moms for a Christmas party they can share. The most time consuming part of this project will be going to the store for the Model Magic.
Crayola Model Magic (1 ounce per ornament – shown in Yellow Green)
Coffee mug (optional)
Skewer, pencil, something to make holes for hanging
Ribbon or yarn scrap
The package must be used all at the same time. You can probably squeeze one ornament out of a little less than one ounce of model magic. The model magic is spongy and unbelievably lightweight. It sticks a tiny bit, so I put out a magazine to use underneath my ornaments while they dry. Make sure the ornaments don’t stick to the paper. Pull off a small amount of model magic and shape with your hands into an oval or circle. You can roll it out with a coffee mug, beer bottle – whatever you like, but for the most part, I shaped with my hands and did a finishing with a coffee mug. If you want an exact shape, turn the coffee cup upside down on the rolled-out model magic, and cut around the circle.
Line up the circles assembly line style, bring your baby over, and take all the handprint or footprints that you want. Press the hand or foot in gently, and be sure to wash it off when you are done!
Then take your skewer or pencil, poke holes in the top of the ornament for hanging, and press in the baby’s name and year. Mine will be gifts, so I scratched my initials in the back as well.
Let the ornament dry overnight at least, preferably two days, depending on how thick it is.
Thread a ribbon or piece of yarn through the holes, and tie in the back. Done! I made these of my new nephew for his parents and both sets of grandparents. Embellish as much as you want – paint them, glue on sequins, glitter, beads, or buttons.
I had some extra material where I didn’t get a good impression of the baby’s foot, so when I got home, my family made these ornaments:
These two are my favorites. That is a Suzuki Samurai and ball of yarn with knitting needles. The ball of yarn was simply a thin strand of model magic wound around a jingle bell. I broke a toothpick in half and put little tiny balls of model magic on the end for the knitting needles. The Suzuki Samurai is my husband’s special creation.