If you’ve got kids, I know you’ve seen your share of loose baby teeth, shaking, hanging on for dear life, still inevitably falling out to make room for their permanent counterparts. In our house loosing a tooth is a big deal and it always calls for some type of celebration! Yay! The most recent “my tooth fell out celebration”, had us heading to the store to pick up some Lego Mixels.
So what then do you do with the lost baby teeth?? At first I just taped them onto a post it note and wrote the date it fell out. But, then I started to think, ok, now what? I didn’t want to put the teeth to just sit in a bag or a jar. I needed to categorize and organize in a visual manner (you’re thinking…she’s for sure an overachiever, lol.). I also wanted my boys to be able to follow their tooth milestones. As I was cleaning out their closet one day, I came across a few Ikea plexi glass frames I had stocked up on a while back and the lightbulb went off! Yes, I’ve got it! A framed tooth archive!! I grabbed the post-it tooth collection, some more tape and a marker and did this “tooth frame” in just a few minutes. Here is my masterpiece!
(apologies for the glare on the pic.)
What I Used
- 8 1/2 x 11 Frame (I chose the Ikea frames because they are plexi glass)
- Construction paper
- Permanent marker
- Baby teeth (don’t extract any, just wait ’til they fall out!)
How I Did It
First, I drew some circles on the construction paper. I used two short pieces of tape to secure the tooth in place, I did it in a criss-cross pattern, then I wrote the date the tooth fell out. I am imagining now that you could make this idea really snazzy with some ornate frames, or inspirational frames, collage frames…oooh, the ideas! However, because I am a recovering perfectionist and I’m trying to keep things simple, I grab what I have around the house to get the basic job done! No time to fuss over how pretty or perfect it is…as they say “ain’t nobody got time for that”. 🙂
I did a quick Google search to see what other folks may be doing with their kid’s teeth. Try these on for size.
What do you do with your kiddos’ baby teeth?