We have this little tradition in our house.
We collect an ornament from every vacation or city that we visit. It started on my honeymoon. I wanted to start new traditions with my husband and I LOVED Christmas. Collecting ornaments that had significance for us made perfect sense. We left our honeymoon destination of Maui with a dried protea flower crafted into an angel. She has her own little cup that she lives in while in storage and is hung on the tree each year with care as a reminder of our honeymoon.
Oh Look! I found an Instagram pic of the ornament:
We also have ornaments from the family vacation with the names of all the family members that were there that year. Hanging them on the tree each year brings back the memories made and reminds us who was there that year.
We also have destination ornaments. A lobster for Maine, The Waving Girl for Savannah, a beach umbrella for a long weekends with friends. All with dates on them so we don’t forget or have to wonder WHY we had a particular ornament.
I do my best to find an ornament in each destination but sometimes I have to use a found treasure and turn it INTO an ornament. We stayed at The Inn at Middleton Place for a romantic weekend away and there were no ornaments to be found. But that didn’t stop me! They had water bottles in the room with a beautiful painting and logo on the label.
Wha La! I cut out that photo and popped it in a small photo frame and hung it on the tree.
So that brings me to this ornament.
This past June my family took a cruise aboard the Disney Dream. One of the shows performed on the 4th deck is called ‘The Golden Mickeys’. It is broadway meets award show meets Disney. It doesn’t get much better than that, right!?
So for the big finale little golden Mickey heads rained down on us like mana from heaven.
These Mickey heads were going to be MY ORNAMENT! As they fluttered to the ground this craft crashed into my brain.
I had the kids scoop up handfuls from the floor (why was not EVERYONE doing THIS!?) and we shoved them in our pockets.
We have been home from our cruise for almost 5 months and I was finally able to find glass ornament balls in my local craft store.
This is a super simple craft and a magical way to remember your time on a Disney Cruise.
- Glass Ornament Balls
- Red Paper Shreds (but use whatever color YOU like)
- Golden Mickey Confetti from the ship
- Use a Mickey Head Punch as an alternate with Gold Foil paper