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Beautiful DIY Scrapbook Ornament: Baby’s 1st Ornament Keepsake

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Tutorial for a scrapbook ornament adaptable for any special event you want to remember for years to come.

I wish I could say I am a scrapbooker. I’ve tried, but I can’t keep up. While I do try and make picture books for the kids, I do tend to collect “stuff” that I would add to their scrapbook should I choose to take that up one-day {um, yeah, right.}.

I was going through drawers the other day and found the baby hats we got at the hospital. Then I came across some of our hospital bracelets and the first food wrapper from the baby food jar. Even though I make most of their food, I do occasionally buy jars to have jars for crafts later, and for the wrapper {LOL}.

Since I couldn’t keep up with baby books or scrapbooks, I wasn’t sure what to do with this cute little baby stuff. I couldn’t throw it away. At one time I had planned on making shadow boxes with the baby hat, bracelets, and other cutesy newborn items. But that never happened either. You know, while I wouldn’t trade it for the world, having littles really puts a damper on my crafting/creating time ;).

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Scrapbook Ornament

During a “quick” trip to a craft store, I was walking up and down the aisles dreaming of all the things I could create if I had an unlimited budget and a crafting vacation. The possibilities were glorious!

Then I saw them.

Large PLASTIC ornament globes that come apart.

What could I fill them with?!?

Shredded paper, little origami stars, fake snow, smelly good stuff…



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DIY Scrapbook Ornament: Baby’s 1st Ornament

Here’s what you need:

Keepsake Ornament collage
  • Large plastic fillable globe
  • Whatever you want to put in it. I know that sounds vague, but it’s true. Think of it as a scrapbook ornament. While I focused on newborn and infant items, you could do a concert or a vacation. All things DISNEY!! The possibilities are endless.
  • String or ribbon. This is how you will hang it from your tree.
  • Glue if you want to seal the ornament so it doesn’t come apart {or so your kids don’t pull it apart}. I do highly recommend this. From personal experience. Ha!


Fill it up with as much or as little as you want.

Seal it with glue, if you want.

Thread your ribbon through the hole at the top. Tie a bow or make a knot.

Baby First Ornament Scrapbook

That’s it! This craft is SO easy and it makes a meaningful keepsake.

What would you fill your ornament with?


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Friday 24th of September 2021

What a cute idea! I love it! I love all the home ornaments I get this year.

Connie LeComte

Saturday 27th of June 2020

I filled it with gold shredded paper and put my daughter's tassel from her high school and college graduation. They loved it.

Ellen Christian

Sunday 7th of December 2014

That is so sweet! I need to see if I can find some of those plastic ornaments!


Friday 5th of December 2014

I had a student that did something like this for me last year using shredded Christmas paper. I made her write her name on one sheet to have as a keep sake, but thought this would be a great teacher's gift with each student writing their name on a strip of paper and putting all of them in the ornament... I always struggle for a teacher's gift for a group and this way the students could participate in the gift!

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Friday 5th of December 2014

That is a great idea!!

Brenda Holland-Robinson

Friday 5th of December 2014

A friend of my daughter ran my daughter's Christmas card, a picture of my 18 mo. old grandson, through a shredder then put the strips inside a clear ornament. She tied on a festive ribbon and gave it back to my daughter for use on her tree. What a unique and precious idea!

Whitney at Beauty in the Mess

Friday 5th of December 2014

What a great idea!! I love that!!