This is not about arts and crafts! This is about taking those sentimental things you have and making them into something you actually use and cherish. We all have boxes of things from our childhoods, or cherished items from when our children were younger. What do you do with all of these items? One option is to make DIY Christmas ornaments — no worries, we’re not talking craft skills DIY. These are ones you really can do with little skill! Here are 10 ideas that we are using on our own trees this year.
10 Unexpected DIY Christmas Ornaments You’ll Love
#1: Baby or toddler shoes
Do you have a box with some of your children’s baby shoes in them? Or perhaps you have your grandparents’ baby shoes. Wherever the shoes came from, you likely don’t have a permanent location for them. Make these shoes into a Christmas ornament and have happy thoughts each year when you pull them out to place on your tree.
#2: High school graduation tassel
Unless you’ve made one of those box frames filled with mementoes, your high school or college graduation tassel is likely sitting somewhere and you don’t quite know where … Find it and make it into an ornament! It will add a memory to your tree that you will smile at each year. Let’s keep celebrating these milestones!
#3: College ID/learner’s permit
Do you still have your college ID, or perhaps you have a child who just upgraded their learner’s permit to the real deal? Take that old ID and make it into an ornament. You will love it, and for decades to come, it will be one that family members check out, as the photo is a cherished moment in time!
#4: Baby sonogram
If you have children, you likely have an ultrasound photo floating around. They start out hanging on the refrigerator and then … where do you put it? Once your baby is born, their out-of-utero photos are far more display worthy! Ha! Anyway, one way to preserve the memory is to make your baby sonogram into an ornament. If it’s your first child, that photo likely stirred all sorts of emotions about becoming a parent for the first time. Relive that feeling each year by making that keepsake into an ornament.
#5: Pet’s collar or name tag
We all have pets that we’ve loved and lost. Making their tags or collars into Christmas ornaments is a nice way to remember them.
#6: Piece of child’s pottery
If you have kids, you likely have lots (and lots!) of handmade, art class pottery. Lopsided mugs, bowls … or if you are like me, you have bacon and eggs made out of pottery! Wrap some wire or ribbon around these sweet memories and make them into ornaments!
#7: Old tea cups
If you have been given china from your grandmother, great-grandmother or great-great-grandmother, you just may have a few tea cups that you have no idea what to do with. Tie ribbons through the handles, and place them on your tree. I can’t think of a better way to cherish your family heirlooms and allow them to be used and admired each and every year.
#8: Grandma’s or Mom’s costume jewelry … or your own!
What should you do with all the costume jewelry accumulated through the years? If you don’t have an eager recipient for it all, or you inherited a box full of items that you have no idea how you would wear any of it, make them into beautiful, jeweled, luxe ornaments! These cost hundreds at the store, but you can make your own. You may need to buy some sequins and such from the craft store to make a base, but your jewelry will make up the bulk of it … and then it will actually be used and you’ll get to continue passing down the jewelry — in the form of ornaments — to the next generation!
#9: Wine cork ornaments
Are you the type who keeps all your wine corks, but you’re never really going to make that wine frame or other craft item you’ve seen but don’t have the desire to complete? Add a hanger and just make them into ornaments! They will fill in with other ornaments quite nicely, but they also make a fun tree for a kitchen or bar top. Just grab a smaller tree and put these all over it for festive fun! On the bottom of each, write the date and occasion for which you drank the bottle for extra memory-making.
#10: And one that you actually have to make, but will love
I used to ask my kids what they wanted for Christmas and write it on an ornament each year that they would then decorate. I love these so much! And the only thing I had to do, until they were old enough to write, was write down what they said. They decorated the rest. Thus, this really takes no craft talent to conquer! Just pick up the ready-to-decorate ornaments at your local craft store and have some markers, glitter, glue and sparkles on hand!
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