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Keepsakes Your Little Ones Can DIY

By September 14, 2020 No Comments

Keepsakes are items that we hold onto and cherish, they are tactile pieces that connect with loved ones or a certain time and place. These little tokens provide us with a memory that brings us comfort, security and comfort, some even connect us across generations if passed on. Incorporate DIY and arts & crafts into making keepsakes, these will not only make the keepsake much more personalized and treasured but your little ones will have a blast making them! Decorate your home with these DIY keepsake pieces or store them away in a nice box; however you decide to keep them, we’ve got some wondrous keepsake ideas for your little ones to do!

Vacation Jars

Take little bits and pieces of your cherished vacation back home with you with these little jars filled with treasures and memories.

Beach Themed

What you’ll need:

  • Mason Jar 
  • Sand
  • Toothpicks
  • Seashells
  • Photographs 
  • Scissors 
  • Paint 
  • Paint Brush
  • Paper


  • Paint waves at the outer bottom of the mason jar, you can use any jar of your choice. Make sure the waves do not cover more than one-third of the jar. Leave aside and let the paint dry.
  • Fill the jar halfway with sand, it’ll make the keepsake a lot more authentic if the sand is taken from the vacation spot itself. However, if you didn’t manage to collect any sand then any light brown beach-like sand you can find at the store will do just fine.
  • Decorate the jar with seashells, you can use store-bought ones or the ones you’ve collected at the vacation spot.
  • Print out some photographs taken on that day, make sure they’re small enough to fit into the jar.
  • Cut em up.
  • Stick a toothpick at the back of each photograph.
  • Poke them into the sand and arrange them according to your liking.
  • Write on a little piece of paper the date and location of the vacation.
  • Stick the paper on the cover or the outside of the jar.

Ticket Shadow Box 

This adorable idea for a keepsake also makes the perfect addition to your living room walls and every time you pass by it, you will be struck with some cherished memories and nostalgia. 

What you’ll need:

  • Shadow Box/ Picture Frame 
  • Old Tickets
  • Decorations 


  • Getting your hands on a shadow box may not be the easiest thing but there are a bunch that you can order from online stores. You can always swap out a shadowbox with a picture frame instead, it is recommended you get a frame that comes with a good amount of space on the inside.
  • Grab your picture frame or shadow box and open the back end of it.
  • Decorate the removed back end with whatever you background you desire, you can either leave it bare as it initially was or get all artsy with it!
  • Place the tickets inside.
  • You can design it by a theme – Movies, concerts, sports games, etc. Or you can fill with tickets of all sorts.
  • Place the removable back of the picture frame or shadow box back to its place and voila!
  • You’re done making your very own awesome keepsake!

DIY Silhouettes

An adorable keepsake that will make a great decor piece.

What you’ll need:

  • Photograph (Side Profile)
  • Sharpie marker
  • Coloured paper
  • Frames


  • First, you will need to print out the picture, you might need to enlarge or shrink the size of the picture before printing it. Adjust it accordingly to the size of the frame that you plan on using for the finished craft.
  • Trace the outline of the print out using a Sharpie marker.
  • Cut out the printed shape and tape it onto a piece of coloured paper.
  • Then go ahead and cut out the silhouetted shape and stick it on a piece of white paper.
  • Have your little one write their name and age below the silhouette cutout.
  • Then place it in the frame and hang it up.


Sand Clay Handprints

A creative way to preserve your little one’s childhood self in a keepsake.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of sand
  • 1 and a 1/2 cups of plain flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of salt


  • Mix the sand, salt and flour in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add in the warm water, mix with a large spoon with each addition of water.
  • Since this is a dough recipe, the measurements of the dry ingredients used tend to make a difference when it comes to the stickiness or dryness of the finished product, so add the water bit by bit and balance it out. If it gets too sticky then just add some more flour or sand. 
  • Once all the ingredients are combined, take the dough out of the bowl and knead it. Lightly flour the surface to make the kneading process a little easier. 
  • It will about a minute for the dough to come together, forming a soft and pliable consistency, very much similar to play-dough.
  • Split the dough into equal pieces (each part for each child) and then roll each piece one by one, into a circular shape about 2 cm thick.
  • You can roll this directly onto a large baking sheet so that it wouldn’t need to be moved.
  • Parchment paper placed on the baking sheet will make the process a whole lot easier but you can do without it if you happen to not have any lying around.
  • Have each child place their hand on the flattened dough circles push their hand into the centre of it, and either your or their siblings can help push each finger down firmly to achieve a detailed finish.
  • Then, have them lift their hands very carefully off to reveal the handprints that have been imprinted into the dough.
  • Have your little ones decorate it however they like, seashells and little pebbles are some of the things they can add to the dough.
  • Put them straight into the oven set to 120 degrees Celsius and leave them to bake in the oven for 4 hours.
  • Leave them aside to cool and harden well.
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