DIY: Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

Having a new little one around for the holidays is always lots of fun and as our family has grown, so have our traditions. I had made a handprint ornament for my first son with a store-bought kit. This time around, I wanted to do something with a similar concept – but also different. What’s more precious than capturing those kissable toes forever in a precious ornament?

These are so simple to make – it doesn’t require much!
Supplies needed:
– Self-hardening white modeling clay
– Acrylic paint in your color choice
– Toothpick
– Ribbon in your color choice
– Paintbrush

Step 1: Purchase white self-hardening modeling clay from your local craft store. After measuring baby’s foot, use a generous amount and soften the clay using your hands to form into an oval shape. It should be at least a quarter of an inch thick.

Step 2: Confirm the clay is the proper length and then press baby’s foot firmly, but gently, into the clay. Make sure to press those little toes down to get a good impression!

Step 3: *Important* While the clay is still soft – use a toothpick (or a butter knife) to create a small hole at the top of the foot. Make it large enough to easily thread your ribbon through. You can also customize your ornament by inscribing your baby’s name and birthdate into the clay with a toothpick.

Tip: You can also use a gold or silver Sharpie once all steps are completed, if you’d rather write it on the back of the ornament.

Step 4: Let clay dry completely – depending on the type of clay, this could be anywhere from 4-12 hours. (Bake some cookies in between time!) Once dried, paint the ornament. You may need to paint the front first and allow to dry and then turn over to paint the back.

Step 5: Once paint has dried, create a loop with your ribbon through the hole and tie a bow or simple knot at the top.

Hang on your tree or any kind of garland or holiday greenery. Your precious baby’s feet will remain a memory for Christmases to come!

  • becky

    what brand was the clay you used? also, did you use any kind of seal after the paint dried?

    • Hi Becky – it was a generic self-hardening modeling clay. As long as you find the kind of clay that does not require baking in the oven – it should work just fine! I didn’t use a sealer, but you can use clear spray paint to seal it and give the ornament a nice shine. Good luck!