For his first Christmas in 2012 he was just a few weeks old so I decided to make salt dough ornaments. The dough was a simple mixture of salt, flour and water that I cut out with my biscuit cutters, pressed his hands and feet into (he was so tiny!) and then poked the edges all the way around with a toothpick for a little extra flair. After baking for hours at a very low temp I was able to write his name and the date on the back before giving them to our parents/neighbors.
Last year we made cinnamon applesauce ornaments. These not only look cute but they smell divine for years on our Christmas trees! The recipe that I used is the same one that we used when I was in fourth grade. I can still remember mixing bowl after bowl with Mr. S and then smelling them as they laid to dry all around our classroom. I continued that tradition each year with my own students and I always looked forward to the natural seasonal scent that it gave our classroom for the month of December! When I made these with BG I was able to bake them slowly since there were just a few versus an entire classes worth. Once they cooled I just traced it with red puffy paint for a little extra pizazz! The back has his name and the date as well.
This year I was torn between two designs - I guess I know what we'll do next year! I already had clear ornaments and I knew that it may be the last year that he would let me be in charge of the painting. While my mom was here I had her help by painting his entire hand white and then printed each of the clear bulbs. I had seen the idea before several times but always on a colored bulb so I worried these may not turn out as boldly in the end. Thankfully, once I added the colorful scarves, faces and hats I realized the clear bulbs worked just fine! His little hand is just so precious to me and I love that we have commemorated it again this year. I added his initials and the date on the palm of his handprint as well. I hope the recipients love them as much as I do!
Now to get some more bulbs at the end of the season so we're ready for 2015's ornament!