diy ornaments

When we got married, I had a stack of extra wedding programs because our reception was at the same venue as the ceremony.  So many, understandingly, left their programs at the venue.  We worked so hard on making them beautiful, and when I say “we,” I mostly mean my mom, let’s be honest.  So I was determined to find something special to do with them!

I started with some Christmas ornaments, and then moved onto a little paper rosebud wreath (pictured below).  Since then, I’ve found other sentimental paper pieces to make into ornaments as well.  Save-the-dates, birth announcements, leftover fabric from my wedding dress, you name it.  It just occurred to me this year that I should make an ornament with each year’s Christmas card.

Most of us end up with a few extra each year, and I’ve never had the heart to throw them away.  Somehow these cards have made it with us for not one, not two, but three city moves.  So I bought some clear glass ornaments at a craft store (you can also find them here), and got out the scissors.

All you need to do is cut your item into strips.  Then I like to either roll the strip around my finger for a loose curl or roll it tightly (see photo below).  Slip the rolled pieces into your clear ornament and that’s it.  Super easy!  I’m sure you could get creative with a zig zag, confetti-like pieces, etc.  They don’t all need to be the same.

I like to add some pretty ribbon or a little charm to write on for an extra touch.

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Believe it or not, these ornament are some of my favorite pieces to pull out year after year.  So easy, inexpensive and special.

Thank you so much for reading!  And please let me know if you try this yourself.  It would make me so happy!  Merry Christmas, XO –

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8 thoughts on “DIY | Holiday Card Ornaments

  1. When we got married in 2016, my cousin gifted us an ornament with our wedding invitation inside it, made just like these! It was so unexpected and is definitely one of my favorite ornaments. Ever since then, I’ve stolen the idea (whenever we’re not at weddings together!) and have gifted these ornaments at every wedding I attend. Every couple loves them!

    I have another cousin who took flower petals from our Grandmother and Grandfather’s funeral flower arrangements (so many wasted flowers!!) and dried them to put inside ornaments. Each cousin received one and I love knowing we all have a small part of them on our trees every year.

    1. That is so so sweet, and I love that you take the time to bring this to every wedding. So incredibly kind.

      The flower idea is SO AMAZING, thank you so much for sharing that!

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