Creative Crafts: Timeless Treasures
These unique and special projects help parents get mementos out of the storage closet and turn favorite moments into cherished keepsakes.
Make Family Keepsakes
Once you become a mom everything from a bodysuit to a crayon scribble holds a special meaning. Although your kids can’t stay babies forever, you can save pieces of their childhood that garner the greatest memories.
Crafts that capture a time, an age, or an important event can become treasured decorative pieces and make a house feel more like a home. With these craft ideas, you can get those family treasures out of storage and on display—and learn how to make quick keepsakes, seasonal projects, and fun collectibles for kids.
This craft works great as a gift for a grandparent or far-off relative. Start with an unfinished wooden tray that can be purchased for a couple of dollars at most craft supply stores. Plan out what type of pictures you would like to include. You could do one large photo, a trio, or many small pictures that can give the impression of tile work. Choosing a theme for the photos can add an extra layer of creativity to the piece. Here are a few theme ideas to get you started.
- Baby photos of grown family members next to their children’s baby pictures.
- Pictures of all the grandchildren.
- Sports or other hobby-themed photos.
- A family “photo” tree with “branches” full of decades old pictures and recent school photos.
- Pictures of a special family event.
Once you have the photos selected, photocopy them either in color or black and white to the size you’ve predetermined. Trim to make sure all the photos are the same size for a uniformed look. Next, paint or stain the tray; you could paint on a whitewashed crackle finish, a plaid look by painting alternating colored stripes, or a simple coating of a pastel acrylic with touches of blossoms. We’ve done a toile look using a permanent fine-tipped marker atop pale yellow acrylic. Glue the photos in place using a decoupage medium and seal with clear acrylic.
Baby blankets easily lend themselves to being transformed into pillows. Big ones can even become bolsters or neck rolls by using pieces of thin foam rolled, rather than stuffing. These work great for a toddler’s new “big kid” bed.
Cut the selected outfits into squares that are all the same size (example four inches by four inches). Cut out extra for fabrics that need to be reinforced with a backing. Fold under a small border and stitch these pieces to the backing squares. Measure, adding extra for borders, how much fabric you will need for the desired size. Next, sew all the squares together. Add a backing of fleece or some other fabric. You can either use the quilt as a duvet and stuff a comforter inside or just sew the backing completely onto the quilt.
Use an extra piece of matting which you can custom cut to the size of each piece for a backing with added interest. Choose matting colors that accent the pieces, like a deep cherry for a baby blue bunting or rich moss green to accentuate a pretty pink dress.
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