Every baby needs a "baby's first Christmas" ornament. It's kind of a must. And I am in love with Bennett's1st Christmas ornament. It's a perfect way to remember how tiny he was at the time. When I posted about it two years ago, it basically became a Pinterest sensation. That particular post is pinned upwards of 10,000 times a day. It's pretty insane.
Well of course, I had to try to make one for Easton as well! It only seemed appropriate. I was highly doubtful that I'd be able to get his handprint to turn out as good as Bennett's. But, to my surprise, it actually turned out really well! I guess my baby's are good at hand printing
So here's the finished product (Easton's handprint at 8 months old):
Yah I mean, I'm excited about it too, Easton!
Glass Ornaments. I'd suggest getting a pack of 6. You never know, you might want to make more than one. Also? They break. It's good to have "back ups"! Andplusalso, a lot of people are asking me if you can use plastic. With this method I'm about to you show you, no, you can't. The plastic ball will melt when you use the heat to seal it.
Embossing clear ink. I ordered it from hobby lobby.
Embossing powder. Also ordered from hobby lobby. Note: You must get embossing powder. Regular glitter will not work.
Embossing heat tool. This is what you will use to seal the powder to the ornament. If you don't have one, you can buy them for fairly cheap. As far as other methods that might work, I honestly don't know! If you find something that works, please let me know!
Baby Wipes. To wipe off the ink/powder if you want to start over & to wipe baby's hands.
Q-Tip. To clean up the hand print before sealing.
Rub baby's hand in the embossing ink pad. Make sure to get the ink ALL over.
Stamp baby's hand on the ornament. This really does work best if you have a 2nd set of hands. One person can hold help hold the ornament, and the other can worry about baby's hand print. I chose to give Easton a bottle while and do this entire thing while he was drinking it. It worked out really well because he was distracted by eating, and didn't try to grab everything.
Pour embossing powder over the hand print. Don't be stingy with the powder! Dump it over a piece of paper so you can re-use the powder that doesn't make it onto the ornament. At this point, if you aren't happy with the way it turned out, you can wipe it all off with a baby wipe and start over! I did that probably 3-4 times!
Seal it up. Next step is to use the embossing gun to heat the ornament to seal the powder to the ink/glass. Caution that the ornament will get hot, so watch those fingers.
I recommend keeping the original plastic ornament container close by so you can plop the finished ornament right into it.
And you're done! As I mentioned before, make multiple ornaments while the supplies are out, and while you're baby is little! They would make great gifts to grand parents!
Hand print ornament comparison: