I'm a sucker for keepsakes. I keep ticket stubs, parking passes, maps, trinkets... I just can't seem to throw these things away and I'm always looking for pretty ways to save them.
The day we brought Anna home from the hospital, I carefully cut off my hospital I.D. bracelets and her anklets and set them aside for safekeeping.
Over the next few days, I moved them from the dining room table to the kitchen counter to the coffee table back to the dining room table... I knew I wanted to do something special with them, but I wasn't sure what. My home was slowly filling with balloons, flowers and baby clothes laundry, so I needed a place to store these items so they wouldn't end up in the trash by mistake.
I made this quick craft one day simply out of necessity. I gathered the I.D.'s and, along with one of her teeny tiny hospital issued baby hats, I put them in a cleaned out salsa jar.
I placed a small square of pink gingham fabric on the top of the jar and tied it with a pink ribbon. I kept the jar out on the coffee table over the next few weeks as visitors stopped by to meet the new baby.
I honestly only meant for this to be a temporary solution, but I've gotten so many compliments on the cute little display that I've decided to keep it. I plan to have another jar with a square of blue gingham fabric and a blue ribbon ready for the arrival of McBaby Boy in May!