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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Keepsake

One of the great things about going through everything you own to cut out clutter and simplify your life is that you are bound to find something you forgot you had.

Last year I picked up this inexpensive craft kit for making foam picture ornaments.  The idea is to glue a picture of a kid onto each ornament and let the kiddos decorate them with little sticky-back foam pieces.

We never got around to making them last year.  Or maybe I bought them on clearance after Christmas?  Who remembers?

I thought they’d make a nice, quiet craft for the kiddos to do this morning.  But, being my kids, they thought of a new way to use them.

Why not make them into frames for miniature works of art instead?

ornaments contrast

ornaments closeup 1

ornaments closeup 2

ornaments closeup 3

We added magnets to the backs so they can be displayed throughout the year.  Won’t the Grands love their mini masterpieces?

Now, I used the foam kit because I happened to have it. ;0)

But, there’s no reason why you couldn’t use this same idea with whatever bits you happen to have on hand.  I had the children draw their pictures on cardstock circles so they wouldn’t warp when glued to the ornaments.

You could use jar lids, and tie a pretty ribbon around the outside.  Or juice can lids, the metal ones from frozen juice concentrate.  Even pieces of cardstock or construction paper would work.  Don’t forget to add the child’s name and the year. to the back. 

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