I am a massive fan of Christmas keepsake decorations We have loads we have made over the years graduating from salt dough, to homemade clay and then to air dry clay and even microwave clay. I love having something which we bring out each year to remind us of christmases past, plus they make the best gifts for grandparents and godparents.
I gathered up some of my favorite ornament keepsake crafts that you can make with children and cherish for years to come.
Before we start I want to share with you my top tip. Make sure you add the date somewhere on the ornament so you can look back and remember.
There really is something for every ability here and each one of them could be made using any of the clay’s. So if you don’t fancy making your own there is no shame in shop bought at all.
The best DIY Christmas Keepsake Decorations
Click on each link to take you to the simple how-to instructions for each keepsake ornament! Let me know which ones you will try this year!
Santa Handprint Keepsake – You would never guess that this father Christmas from Messy Little Monster was a keepsake at first glance, it is just
Do you have a Frozen fan in the house, if so this Olaf Salt Dough Keepsake from I Heart Arts and Crafts is perfect?
Perhaps you have a larger family or older kids, if so them our Christmas Tree Keepsake Ornament is what you need.
This Snowman Handprint Keepsake from Learning and Exploring Through Play may be my favorite keepsake of all.
I adore these colourful DIY Rainbow Clay Christmas Tree Decorations – They really pop on the tree
This Nativity Salt Dough Keepsake ornament from The Imagination Tree is just adorable and perfect for doing at Sunday school.
This Simply Clay House Christmas Tree Decoration uses a fingerprint as a door. This would also make a great decoration for anyone moving house.
Perhaps you want something simple, which is great if you have little children, this adorable handprint from mama papa buba is perfect.
These simple white clay Christmas fingerprint ornament are perfect for making year after year.
Or how about these red love heart ones?
How about these simple photograph salt dough keepsake ornaments . They are just so clever by The Best Ideas for Kids.
This Kids Artwork Modge Podge Ornament is easy to make and perfect for the little ones. From How To Nest For Less.
I really adore this Peace Dove from Anna at The Imagination Tree
Perhaps dough is not you bag then how about printing on to white ornaments? How cute are these reindeers?
Or you could buy a pre made decoration and just add your own fingerprints
I love the idea on printing on to a tiny canvas – how cute is this wreath from Celebration Shoppe?
Reindeer Handprint Clay Ornament From Happy Go Lucky
Types of clay perfect for Christmas Tree Decorations
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- Air Drying Clay (UK Link/US Link)
- Polymer Clay – Staedtler FIMO (UK Link/US Link) or Sculpy (UK Link/US Link)
- Microwave Drying Clay (US Link/UK Link)
- Homemade 3 Ingredient white clay
- Homemade two-ingredient white clay
- Homemade White Salt Dough