Memory Christmas Ornaments on a Budget



Almost as soon as I posted the article FUJIFILM INSTAX ORNAMENTS, I received a message from a woman who stated, “Buying that camera is too expensive for a mom on a budget.” She seemed a bit perturbed, but that was not my intention. I think most of us are on a budget of some kind, but we all have different limits. Here are some ideas if you liked the article, and want to celebrate your children on the Christmas tree, but can’t afford or would prefer not to purchase the Fujifilm Instax Camera.

print out your own pictures

I love the vintage quality of film hanging from the tree. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have the camera. The look can be achieved in photoshop. If photoshopping a “polaroid” edge is not your thing, just print out your photos as is. Glue a string, bow, ribbon, pipe cleaner or piece of lace on the back of your photo to hang your ornament. Sometimes I rest or stuff items into my tree. The picture above is nestled into the pine needles! I often “frame” my pictures by gluing the images onto card stock, or add ribbon to the perimeter or pom-poms.


make something old, new

Every year I collect my children’s gloves and store in the bottom of my Christmas ornament boxes. This year I finally made them into decorations. Some, I took a needle and thread and looped a string for hanging. Others, I kept as is and used clothes pins to attach to the Christmas tree. I will forever be able to cherish those winter memories of my babies!



marshmallow clay hand or foot prints

Before I started making my own clay to form impressions of my children hands and feet, I bought marshmallow clay handprint kits. You can find the ornament kits for as little as $10.00. It’s best to wait until the end of the season and purchased the marshmallow clay kits at 50% to 80% off. If you would prefer to make your own for pennies, try the AHP Clay Handprint Ornaments recipe below.



AHP Clay Handprint Ornaments

cook time

20 minutes

oven temperature

400 degrees


  • baking sheet
  • cooling rack?
  • large mixing bowl
  • straw


  • all-purpose flour: 2 c
  • kosher salt: 1 c
  • water: 1c


  1. Mix ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Roll out
  3. Use a bowl or cookie cutters to form clay into desired shape.
  4. Press in hand or food.
  5. Use a straw to pierce hole in the top to lace a string through for hanging.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Let cool on the cooling rack.
  8. Once the ornament has cooled tie ribbon through hole and hang.



stamp ink foot print

The stamp ink foot print is the easiest to execute. Buy a non-toxic stamp pad and press babies hand or foot into the sponge. Use card stock to imprint the image. I decided to laminate this little foot, but it is not necessary.



handprint Christmas ball ornament

The above handprint Christmas ball ornament was made from a kit, but you can purchase all of the supplies for a third of the cost on Amazon or Target. Buy a cheap Christmas ball ornament and nontoxic white paint. The rest of the supplies you’ll already have at home. Apply white paint the child’s hand and place palm on the bottom of the ball. Snowmen optional. Once painted, hang the ball on the tree to dry.



pre-made frames

If you are not very crafty, then buy pre-made frames. I bought these last year at Michael’s a few days after Christmas for $1.50!



mix up the photo ornament

Print out your pictures in 2 x 2 inch square. Using craft glue make a collage of images. I took a pipe-cleaner and shaped it into a heart to form the hook.


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