DIY Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

Christmas this year is extra special for our family because it’s our first Christmas as a family of three! We are so excited to celebrate with baby AJ this year, and to commemorate the occasion I created a cute “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament!

Babys First Christmas Ornament

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One of my favorite things about Christmas is decorating our Christmas tree. We don’t usually go with a “theme” every year; instead we just accumulate ornaments throughout the years, so we end up with an eclectic mix of colors and style. Every ornament has a memory associated with it (we bought an ornament when we went to Disney World a few years ago, we bought ornaments the first year we moved to Chicago, and so on) so it’s always fun to open up the boxes of ornaments and remember the good times as we decorate the tree!

This year, an ornament commemorating AJ’s first Christmas seems like the perfect addition to our tree!

Here’s what you need to make your own Baby’s First Christmas ornament:

  • a clear ball ornament
  • ribbon for hanging
  • keepsakes

I used AJ’s ankle tag and the hat she wore home from the hospital for this ornament, but you can use whatever keepsakes you’d like!

All you need to do is pull out the metal top of the ornament, put your keepsakes inside, and replace the metal top. Tie a ribbon through the metal ring at the top of the ornament to hang it, and you’re done!

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Hang it on your Christmas tree, and enjoy the memories for years to come!

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If you like this project, check out this other keepsake ornament I made from our wedding invitations!

Personalized Wedding Ornament

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  1. 1

    Awww this is so special! I am pregnant at the mo, so next christmas will be babies first christmas. I will definitely do this – so lovely.

    Our wedding was at christmas, so we have kept as many of the wedding favours as we could – mini stockings. These hang on our tree now. Check it out here:

    Thanks for such a lovely idea

  2. 2

    This is such a fun and cute idea! I love it!


  3. 3

    I did this for my baby this year too! Except our hospital’s hats are too thick to fit in the ornament, so I cut a piece of the receiving blanket we used when taking him home and used that instead.