It Stood the Test of Time

While visiting my mother-in-law, she brought out a gift she had received years ago from my oldest son.   I was surprised how well it had aged.  He is 27 now.  It was sweet that she kept it.  I had forgotten all about this little project my son and I did while he was young, but seeing it brought back memories of the time spent making them together.

One Christmas season years ago, when my kids were young,  I made an effort to teach the joy of giving.  I wanted the gift to be something useful, but personal.  We would be traveling back home and spending Christmas with relatives.  I bought simple supplies and gave simple instructions to my son.  I would guess we made about 15 of these for grandparents, aunts and uncles.  I don’t remember how old he was….  I’d guess five.  It was simple enough task that he didn’t get frustrated, but interesting enough that he didn’t tire of it.  I don’t remember details of how it was made.  We were pleased with the end result and every recipient was very happy to receive a special creation.

He drew a simple picture.  On the back he wrote his grandma’s name and his name.

I took a quick picture before she put it back in her closet.


Vague directions:  I used one piece of fabric, cut to fit (folded over and I played with it for size first before cutting out multiples).  I used pinking shears on the edges to prevent the fabric from unraveling.  I  can’t remember if I attached the fabric to the hanger first or had him draw on it first, I suspect it was the latter.  I used a hot glue gun to attach the folded over fabric and a stretchy tape to secure it to the hanger on top.



About Climbing Downhill

Wife and mother of grown kids, in my 60's and dealing with MS, making life's moments count and trying to offer something of value to others along the way.
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4 Responses to It Stood the Test of Time

  1. We have the kid’s school projects all through the house…and files of school papers too. Each one shares a memory of a time long ago. Probably should get rid of some, but can’t bear to pitch them. Soon, you’ll see us on an episode of “Hoarders!”
    Cool the grandparents saved them!

    • Hang on to those pieces of love! Each of our boys has a “forever box” which holds all of their school papers, artwork and special outfits. They are the largest plastic containers I could find! I have scanned or taken pictures of the ones I love so I have easy access to them on the computer. I like putting their holiday creations as my computer wallpaper through the year.

  2. That is so sweet! I have saved so many projects in books, scrapbooks and large art sized envelopes. Now that they are older (my youngest is 12) they are making less art. But my house will always have things they made displayed in one form or another. : )

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