a kids christmas keepsake [burlap wall hanging]

christmas keepsake burlap wall hanging

I cannot take credit for this adorable idea.  My daughter brought this sweet burlap reindeer wall hanging home right before her Christmas break last year when she was in kindergarten.  sniff. sniff.  Her teachers had each child make one and I loved this idea so much that I made one with my son this year.

Here is what my daughter’s looks like

burlap wall hanging kids craft idea

It’s amazing to see how her writing has progressed too!

So here is what you will need to create this special keepsake with your own kids or grandkids

  • brown burlap
  • thick tree branch [or thin dowel]
  • ribbon of your choice
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • Elmer’s glue
  • brown [washable] paint
  • white+black felt
  • glitter [red, gold, or colors of your choice]
  • a kid

To start I cut a piece of burlap to 16″ x 20″.

christmas keepsake_kids burlap wall hanging

This next part is so important if you do not want the edges to fray.  Remove one strand of burlap along 3 sides of your piece.  Once you do that, pull out the strands of burlap just below that one you removed.

special christmas keepsake_kids burlap wall hanging

kids christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

You should now be left with something that looks like this

burlap christmas wall hanging_kids keepsake

I grabbed a stick [my son is a "stick magnet" so it's easy to find one] and simply wrapped the remaining edge over the stick and hot glued it.

burlap wall hanging_christmas kids keepsake

I added some of my favorite red+white ribbon as the hanger and tied it onto the stick

kids christmas wall hanging_burlap keepsake

Our stick was a bit too large so I simply sawed it down a bit.  Looks pretty already huh?

Now for the fun [and messy part].  I did this next step outside [sorry to anyone reading this while buried up to your eyeballs in snow].

christmas keepsake_a kids burlap wall hanging

The only brown washable paint I had on hand was this copper colored glaze by Martha Stewart.  [I have NO idea what project I originally bought this for].  I poured about 1 cup of this into a plastic container, grabbed my boy and had him do a practice run…

kids christmas keepsake_a burlap wall hanging

We dipped his right foot into the paint, wiped off the excess and pressed his tootsie onto the center of the burlap

kids christmas keepsake_burlap rudolph wall hanging

Next was to make our reindeer’s antlers so we repeated this step with both of his hands

kids christmas keepsake_a burlap rudolph wall hanging

Tell me this isn’t a project right up his alley

burlap wall hanging_a kids keepsake

So after hosing him off [not joking] I started adding the glittery details

a burlap wall hanging_kids christmas keepsake

I found this glitter pack at Target for $3.99 [in the kids' craft section].  It comes with green, red, gold, silver, white, pink, purple and even black!

a kids christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

I added the red first and made Rudolph’s nose and added my boy’s name

a christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

Then the year in gold glitter

a kids keepsake_burlap wall hanging

I wanted to use the white glitter for his eyes, but poor Rudolph looked possessed so I grabbed my box-o-felt and made his eyes from that instead.

a kids christmas keepsake_rudolph burlap wall hanging

a christmas kids keepsake_burlap wall hangingl

a kids special christmas keepsake_burlap wall hanging

To add some more detail, I put a glob of Elmer’s glue onto each antler tip and sprinkled black+gold glitter on top.  I wanted to add more glitter, but at this point I thought it was pretty and had to force myself to stop.  Now just let all the glue dry [I let my dry overnight before hanging it up] and enjoy your sweet keepsake for years to come.

a kids keepsake_rudolph burlap wall hanging

a kids christmas keepsake_burlap christmas wall hanging

Here are both kids’ keepsakes.  This is such a fun [and a little messy, but who cares] project to do with your kids.  And if you’re in need of a last minute gift idea for the Grandparents this is a good one!

christmas keepsake burlap wall hanging


linking this crazy project up to:

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2 Responses to a kids christmas keepsake [burlap wall hanging]

  1. Gosia says:

    What a great idea, love it! It could be great to start from the very first Xmas and make them each year, would be a great souvenir, but I guess it is never to late, right?:) Need to make them with my daughter, she would love it!
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

    • Amy says:

      Thanks so much! No, it’s never too late to start a new tradition. I think we have new ones each year. ;) Thanks for letting me participate. I’ll be baaaack. ;) Hugs, Amy

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