My little boy recently came home from nursery with a bag of sentimental gifts he had crafted with his ladies. In the bag was a laminated photo of him in a Christmas jumper, against a Christmassy backdrop, pulling what I can only describe as his ‘I do not want to be doing this right now why won’t you release me’ face. Which I sincerely hope they don’t think is his smile, because if so, yikes 😂. There was also a googly-eyed reindeer Christmas card made using his little handprints and, best of all, a custom bauble for our tree.
Now, this bauble, on first sight, just looks like a regular trinket customised with my son’s name. Which is lovely in and of itself, as I’m a sucker for anything named. But when we looked a little closer, there was a label. ‘Open me up to see how small I was on Christmas 2020,’ it said, and inside was a piece of ribbon, cut to the exact length of my beautiful baby. Well, I welled up. Because what a brilliant idea, that will likely reduce me to a blubbering mess in Christmas’s to come.
Anyway, I wanted to share this idea in case any sentimental mamas want to do something similar to hang on their own tree. It seems fairly easy to put together, simply using a clear, open-able bauble, some ribbon, and some letter stickers. Measure your child, measure the ribbon and snip, put it in the bauble (with a note on what year it is!), stick on their name and bob’s your uncle, the best DIY bauble your little mama tree will ever see!
I’ve linked the Amazon fillable baubles because everywhere else seems to be sold out this late in the game. Annoyingly, they do only come in packs of 20. However, every annoyance can become an opportunity if you put your mind to it, so why not get creative with the remaining pieces? Fill some with Quality Street and Celebrations for the chocolate lover in your life, or glue a little figurine inside and add fake snow for a DIY snowglobe. Whatever you can think of, go wild!