Struggling with family gift ideas? You can create a holiday keepsake ornament with just a few supplies and some sweet, smiling kiddos.


  • Camera or smart phone
  • Cardstock or photo paper
  • Color printer
  • 4″ clear snap-on plastic ball ornaments
  • Holiday bows and bells
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors


  1. Have you kids stand in front of a plain background and strike a wintry pose. Take three to four pictures to ensure you have a favorite.
  2. Print our their poses on a color printer using thick cardstock or photo paper.
  3. Trim the background out of the photos, leaving a small tab at the bottom to apply your glue.
  4. Add a drop of hot glue to the tab you created for your cut-out people to attach them to the inside of the ornament.
  5. Add enough glitter to cover the bottom 1/4 of your ornament.
  6. Add a couple dots of hot glue or super glue to seal your ornament closed and prevent a glitter-tastrophe from happening.
  7. Thread a string or ribbon through the top of your ornament for tree hanging and add a holiday bow or bell for embellishment, then your ornament is ready to go.


Natalie Davis is an artist and educator teaching enrichment in the Syracuse City School District. She lives with her family in Jordan.

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