Because we love our kids, we love their homemade gifts, and receive them with gratitude and grace. But as our children grow, so do the piles of craft projects we’re expected to hold on to. Here are 7 that are almost impossible to toss – whether we want to or not.
The 7 Christmas crafts parents can never throw away
Cookies you can’t eatIt is a special kind of holiday torture to be presented with cookies you can never eat. (Trust us, don’t try.) But these things are basically indestructible and will hang on your tree for the rest of your days, taunting you with their inedibility.Flickr, Jonny Hughes; Flickr, regan76
Handprint reindeerOver time, the pipe cleaner antlers will bend and the googly eyes will fall off, but no matter how much wear these reindeer take, you’ll need to steel your heart before tossing any handprint-based crafts. After all, your kid’s hands will never be this small again. Cue tears.pinxmas.net; pinterest.com
Macaroni artBefore kids, macaroni and pasta pinwheels were just things you ate. But once you have children you’re supposed to treat them like jewels. Except unlike jewels these have zero street value and will desiccate with age. You’ve been warned! christmas-kid.com/diy-christmas-paper-wreaths.htm
Handmade ornamentsSo you thought you could have a classy, duotone Christmas tree and kids? Not. Possible. Once you’re a parent, holiday decorating means rainbow lights and adorably repurposed junk will fill your tree forevermore. Just give in.
Footprint craftsSo you managed to trash those holiday handprints? Bah humbug! We see your handprints and we raise you these tiny little toesies. You’re going to have to muster all the Scrooge power you’ve got to get rid of these guys.www.curiositiesbydickens.com; pinterest.com
Repurposed utilitarian objectsPaper clip ornaments, toilet roll figures, egg carton art – these things are actually pretty amazing the first time your kid brings them home, but they don’t age well. Doesn't matter, you're keeping them!thecraftsforkids, fantasticcleanersmelbourne, christmasdecorationcrafts
Unidentifiable adorablenessEarly signs of your child’s artistic brilliance – just look at the out-of-the-box approach she took to this sock Santa – must never be tossed. When she’s a famous artist, this could be your retirement fund.Anonymous