12 DIY Baby Keepsakes

12 baby keepsakesA few weeks ago we were at my moms. I had finally gotten our 4 children out of Grandma’s house and into the car. Just before we pull off, I hear my mom screaming “Zeke needs a blanket!”. She ran inside grabbed a blanket and put it on my baby and off we went.

When we got home and unloaded I realized the blanket she had put on Zeke was a blanket she had made for my brother when he was a baby. I love my mom, but crafty homemaker she was not. This blanket is no blanket of beauty, but that’s not what matters. It’s a 30-year old baby keepsake, that someday my brother will own that his mom made.

Of course, this got me thinking. While I would love to think I am craftier than my mom (sorry mom, I know how to Pinterest) – what I don’t know how to do is settle on something and actually do it.

If you are looking for a summertime project for something to make for your baby that he or she can love and have forever, check out these ideas:

12 DIY Baby Keepsakes For Your Baby to Keep Forever

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  • Baby Name Embroidery 1 of 12
    Baby Name Embroidery
    Check out this fabulous how-to for this adorable baby name embroidery. This is something that is hard to break and can be easily stored forever (except, you know your baby won't be storing something you work so hard on!).
    View the tutorial at lineacross.com
  • Baby Shadow Box 2 of 12
    Baby Shadow Box
    Take your favorite baby keepsakes and place in a shadow box. This is a great way to preserve those baby items you just can't part with.
    View this shadow box at makingmemories.com
  • Christmas Ornament 3 of 12
    Christmas Ornament
    While those baby feet are still little, use them to stamp a Christmas ornament! This can be hung annually on your tree until the sad day when your baby asks to put it on his or her tree.
    View this Christmas ornament how to at alleventsadviser.com
  • Baby Keepsake Jar 4 of 12
    Baby Keepsake Jar
    Save a lock of your baby's hair, write down your favorite memories and store anything small in this small abby keepsake jar. (You could always buy a large jar as well!)
    Learn more at whatsscrapping.blogspot.com
  • Chenille Baby Blanket 5 of 12
    Chenille Baby Blanket
    This baby blanket is so fabulous, I wish someone would make it for my bed! This sure doesn't look like the blanket my mom made for my brother, that's for sure. Check out this tutorial from Aesthetic Nest.
  • Baby Book 6 of 12
    Baby Book
    With all of the online photo book companies now a days, you can create a custom baby book for under $20! Include photos and milestones - any moment you want to last in your mind forever.
    View this photo book at apartmenttherapy.com
  • Wooden Baby Blocks 7 of 12
    Wooden Baby Blocks
    Forget those generic A-B-C wooden baby blocks. Martha Stewart shows you how to create your own personalized wooden baby blocks that will last your baby a lifetime.
    Check out Martha's tutorial
  • Ruffle Bonnet 8 of 12
    Ruffle Bonnet
    Forget the typical baby bonnet - create your own version that fits your baby's style.
    View this tutorial at thecottagehome.blogspot.com
  • Top Knot Baby Hat 9 of 12
    Top Knot Baby Hat
    Create your own top knot baby hat with this simple tutorial.
    View this tutorial at prudentbaby.com
  • Little Man Shoes 10 of 12
    Little Man Shoes
    Make your baby a pair of shoes that he can keep forever and someday tell his kid, "Look what my mom made me when I was a baby."
    View the turorial at swinandshwin.blogspot.com
  • Molly Monkey 11 of 12
    Molly Monkey
    Make your baby a sweet little homemade stuffed animal. Make this darling monkey (with a fabulous name).
    View this tutorial at mmmcrafts.blogspot.com
  • Baby Quilt Made Out of Baby Clothes 12 of 12
    Baby Quilt Made Out of Baby Clothes
    Can't tear yourself away from your baby's baby clothes? Make a quilt out of them!
    View this baby quilt at quiltingontheside.blogspot.com

Another alternative to making baby keepsakes is BUYING baby keepsakes. My girly and fellow blogger here on Baby’s First Year, Selena is a MAD quilter and baby keepsake maker. Check our her stuff, it’s OH-SO-adorable: le petit rêve.

What Baby Keepsakes Have You Made For Your Baby?

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