I love Christmas ornaments. I love the memories that each one holds and my favorite part of the holiday season is pulling out the ornaments and decorating the tree. My husband and I started our ornament collection on our honeymoon. Here is the little one that started all the ornament collecting.
When my oldest daughter was in Kindergarten I had the bright idea that I wanted to have her give the kids in her classroom more than just a candy cane for Christmas.
I wanted them to have something that was theirs and something that would commemorate their year together as a class.
And then I thought…. let’s make this a tradition!
Let’s make an ornament each year, K-12 so that each kid would have 13 ornaments to start their own Christmas tree when they left the house to set out on their own. They would able to see the names change as kids moved into and out of the classroom. It would be a little time capsule for everyone.
I only had one child at the time…. What if I had more kids?
We would just cross that bridge when we came to it…..Ps. I now have 3 kids and am making about 60 ornaments a year!
My #ornamentoftheday for today is one I made for the kids to give to each kid in their class. Class photo on the front & the names of all the kids, teacher and school on the back. The whole thing is sandwiched between 2 layers of clear plastic ( think clear tablecloth plastic found at the fabric store) and stitched closed on the sewing machine. Each one cost less than $1 to produce. What is on your tree? Tag me in your comments so I can see! A photo posted by Sarah Mock 🌸🍷🍴✈️👠 (@howipinchapenny) on
Here is another example of ornaments I have done is years past…. this tutorial is a variation of the ornament featured in the Instagram photo above.
- Balsa wood board. 3/32″ x 3″ x 36″
- Washi tape
- Craft knife.
- 1/8″ wide ribbon
- Cutting mat or cardboard (so you don’t scratch the surface you are working on)
- Crop-A-Dile or heavy duty hole punch(not pictured)
- Glue (not pictured)
- Photo of class and photo of the names of the class
This is the trickiest part.
One image will have the class photo on it and the second graphic will have all the names of the students as well as the teacher.
The dimensions for this image will be 3″ wide and 2 1/2″ tall. You might have to use the ‘custom dimensions’ options in the photo editing websites. (If you use different sized balsa wood you will have to adjust your dimensions.)
Create a second image that is 6″ wide and 4″ tall. (This is the dimensions of a standard photo print.)
Place the 3″ x 2 1/2″ images side by side on the 6″x4″ image. Center them top to bottom as well.
Save them as a high resolution JPG and upload them to your favorite photo printing website.
Print as many as you need so each student AND TEACHER will have both a front and back for the ornament.
Once you have your photos printed it is time to cut them out.
Use a LITTLE bit of glue to adhere the photo to the balsa wood.
Use the craft to cut off the first ornament. If you don’t have a craft knife I hear that scissors work too!
Be careful with sharp objects.
Flip the ornament over and repeat the glueing process and add the photo with the names.
Allow them to dry.
Use the Washi tape to cover the edges and create a ‘frame’.
Use the Crop-A-Dile and punch a hole for the ribbon.
Thread the ribbon through to create a hanger. The length is up to you.
Here is a hint:
Don’t use the glitter washi tape. At least it didn’t work for me.
It didn’t stick when it was wrapped around the edges. It looked pretty but by the next morning it had all popped up and looked kind of sloppy.
They all had to be redone!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
I know that my kids love giving these ornaments and their classmates look forward to receiving an ornament from them each year. I think photos and ornaments are treasures and hope the kids will think so too!