Framing Christmas PJs

Is there anything more joyfully sweet than a little peanut in their PJs?  If there is, I haven’t seen it.

I happen to think Annabelle always looks pretty adorable, but there is just something about seeing her running around in her cozy pajamas, that makes me want to scoop her up and kiss her all over her face.

Last year Annabelle had two pairs of Christmas PJs.  One with Santa on them and one with little reindeer feet.

Christmas Morning 2011The memory of her in them, giggling and unwrapping all her Christmas loot, made them just too cute to pack away.  So, I thought it would be sweet (and adorably sentimental) to make them into a Christmas decoration.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know what happened next.  That’s right.  I framed them.  Remember when I framed Annabelle’s “Laugh Until Your Belly Aches” T-Shirt?  Or her monogramed dress?  Well it was just like that…only Merrier.  (Ok, I admit it.  I have a framing addiction.  At some point, I may need to be stopped.  Or move into a bigger house.  One of the two.)

To make my sleepy time decoration, first I took an 8×10 frame and her two pairs of Christmas pajamas…

Christmas PJs 2011

Santa PJs 2011…and laid them out to come up with a game plan.  I decided to use the red and white polka dot fabric from the reindeer PJs as my background.

I cut out a piece of cardboard (from a box headed for recycling) to fit the frame.

Tracing Cardboard For FrameNext, I unzipped her PJs and placed the cardboard flat inside.

Laying Out CardboardThen I cut around the cardboard, leaving a bit of extra fabric.  (I admit, I got a bit weepy while cutting up her pajamas.)

Cutting PJsNext, I folded over and taped the fabric, wrapping the cardboard.  I cut away any extra fabric as I taped.

Wrapping PJs Around CardboardThe result was a nice polka dot backdrop.

Christmas PJs Wrapped Around CardboardUsing scissors and a seam ripper, I carefully cut out Santa Claus.

Santa From PJsThen I took one of the little reindeer feet…

Reindeer Foot On PJs…and carefully cut it out.

Reindeer From PJsThen using glue dots, I taped down Santa and his reindeer onto the polka dot wrapped cardboard and framed it.

Framing Christmas PJsFinally, I added a little caption and the date.

Annabelle's Christmas PJsAnnabelle immediately noticed it sitting on the hutch in our kitchen when she came downstairs from her nap.  “OHHH!!  What is THIS!?” she asked me as she pointed and hopped up and down.  When I explained that they were her Christmas pajamas from last year, she was in Love!  She now points it out to all visitors, joyfully explaining, “Look!  Look!  Those are my PAJAMAS!”

A cuddly, memory-filled Christmas decoration!

Pajamas!And now it’s time to spread a little more JOY!

The Joyful Edition Logo 2012Please visit my fellow bloggers’ posts, all inspired by the word Joyful.  I am sure they will all put a smile on your face!

J-O-Y to the World – (Pillows A-La-Mode)

How To Display Christmas Cards – (Organized Living Essentials)

Adding Joy to Every Room – (Neaten Your Nest)

DIY Gift Bows (Upcycled Toilet Paper Rolls) – (Inspire and Indulge)

How to trim a Christmas tree: ornaments, Lego trains and whipped cream – (The Thing About Joan)

Joy Advent Calendar (And Giveaway!) – (Cul de Sac)

Joy To The Cookies: Having an Annual Holiday Cookie Baking Party – (Green Door Hospitality)

The Spirit Of Christmas – (A Ponytail Kind Of Day)

DIY Themed Mini Christmas Trees (This One’s for My Husband!) – (Mrs. And The Misc.)

Wrapped In Christmas Lights (Happy Little Kiwi)

Sharing Joy – (Gentle Stitches)

The Joy Of Discovery – (Love, Laughter and a Touch Of Insanity)



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  1. Oh, that is the most ADORABLE thing EVER, Kelly!!! LOVE!!! :)

  2. What a wonderful idea!! Love the idea of having that memory saved for years and years to come!!

  3. oh, how sweet! love that idea! i used to remove nice appliqués on old pjs to use as knee patches 😉

  4. What a wonderful wonderful idea! I’ve never thought to remove the decals to use for something else but I think this would also make for cute scrapbooking as well.

  5. Ah… how adorable and what a sensational idea. It has got me thinking about my 12 year old boys little frog pj’s I have kept.

  6. That is sooo adorable Kelly! What an awesome idea. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas xoxo

  7. Love it! What a great way to keep those memories! And those pjs are just too adorable!

  8. I absolutely love this! What a great idea….I’m sooo doing this with my kids PJs! You are so clever and I love all the memories you are turning into decorations!

  9. I just love this idea, I wish I had kept some of my niece and nephews pj’s, it is a great keepsake. Great post :)

  10. This is precious! What a great way to repurpose children’s clothes. I imagine it’s frustrating to constantly be buying new clothes since they grow so much so quickly – This is a great way to make their clothes last longer! :)

  11. What a great idea to save those beautiful fabric pieces that you can’t use but don’t want to throw out.

  12. Brilliant!

  13. This is so adorable and quite brilliant! I love this idea! I wish I had net you before my daughter grew up (which happens very quickly by the way). This was an awesome Collectively Creative. The posts were so diverse yet so connected through the theme of Joyfulness. Give a hug to Annabelle. What will her PJ’s be this year?

    • Thank you, Thea! I thought this round was great as well…I loved reading everyone’s posts. It’s so amazing to me the different topics people come up with inspired by the same word! Annabelle has two sets of Christmas PJs this year…the one I’m eyeing to do something with next year simply says “I Love Santa”. Too cute.

  14. annekemcconnell says:

    Oh my goodness this is such a cute idea Kelly! I haven’t seen this before. And Annabelle is our oldest daughter’s name as well!!! :-) Thanks so much for sharing this over on the Kids and Christmas Linky Party as well as the other host throughout the series. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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