Making Memories: A First Christmas Ornament

This is such a cute ornament from All Events Adviser that is a perfect example of why I call these series Making Memories.

You will need a glass bulb, paint and ribbon. Make sure the paint is usable on glass surfaces. You can paint the inside, or add anything to the inside. To paint the inside, just add a small amount of paint inside and just rotate the bulb until the paint completely covers the inside. Make sure to rotate it occasionally while it dries so there is not a glob of paint dried to the bottom. You can then use paint to add your child’s hand or footprint. Then just add ribbon so you can hang it on your tree!


Making Memories: Lights in A Jar

As simple as this is, I love it. Its an idea from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs. Just sit enough lights to fill a jar or vase, or anything glass and enjoy.

Warning: Watch how often the lights are on and if they could be a potential fire hazard.

Making Memories: Photo Garland

If you’re wanting a lot of photos to your Christmas tree, this is for you!

First you need to print out the photos. Scrappergirl by setting her template in Photoshop to a 4″ x 6″ and shrunk the photo to 1″x1.5″ to get a grand total of four photos per strips. Cut them out and attach to cardstock of your choice. Cut those strips again .

Now all you need to do is make a loop and staple it, take a new strip, make a loop through that loop, and staple. Many of you will remember this from elementary school!

Making Memories: Christmas Mesh Wreath

If you’re one for the full and whimsical wreaths then this is for you!

Now there is not a real certain set list of things you need. Just mesh (wide and narrow mesh) , ribbon, an assortment of decorations, and something to put in the middle of the wreath. The absolute necessities is a good glue gun and scissors. Because of her decorations, the red twisty thing, she required wire cutters.

First put the wider mesh on, starting at the bottom. You can do this by scrunching up a small section and wrapping a wreath branch around it.Do this about every six or seven inches. Then do the same thing with the smaller mesh. Remember, making it even is going to make it look better.
Next cut the ribbon into strips of about 14 to 16 inches, cutting the ends to make that V-shape. You will be adding the ribbon the same way you secured the mesh. make sure to spread the ribbon out. She did her’s with three ribbons a time and put seven sections of ribbon on the wreath.Then start adding all your different decorations. She used bulbs, some kind of glitter ball sticks, and red twisty stick. Use whatever goes with your theme. I think having a reindeer with some jingle bells and gold and red would be cute. The only thing I believe she used the hot glue for was the ornaments.

Now at this point we have a very full wreath. But the one thing its missing is the center piece! Attach it by wrapping the wreath around wherever is convenient. With the blog’s centerpiece, she had wire at the top so it was very easy. Depending on your center piece, you may need to use that ol’ trusty hot glue gun.

And there you have it! A whimsical wreath from Kristen’s Creations!

Making Memories: Sassy Juice Top Photo Ornaments

Today’s is another fun photo ornament from The Crafting Chicks!

You will need..

  • Metal juice can top from frozen juice cans, two for each ornament
  • Circle design photos(will show a picture of example below), she used for digi scrapping and used the designer Creativity by Crystal.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge
  • Ribbon

The front of the ornament will be the photo and the back will be a description of that year or person.

First cut out the front and back of your circle and use the mod podge to glue the front and back to two different juice tops, and put a layer of mod podge to seal the photos. While you’re waiting for those to dry, just attach some ribbon to let you hang it from the tree by using hot glue the ends to the inside of one of the tops. Once everything is dry put hot glue inside one of the juice tops and squeeze the two corresponding juice tops together really well. And there you have it! Cute ornaments!

Making Memories: Photo Christmas Ornament

Today’s DIY ornament is certainly full of memories because it includes pictures!
First you will want to print off whatever script you want and your photos in a way like below on 6 x 4 photo paper, which the tutorial from Scrappergirl does not give how to get into a photobooth strip. Maybe its easy and I’m just not technology savvy.

You will then want to cut them into 6 inch long strips and put the strips into an asterisk shape, making there is a strip across from each strip, like shown below. You will put a brad in the middle, holding each stripThen fold the pieces and connect them to a ball shape, taping and or stapling the bottom together. Then just add ribbon and the such to the top and Presto! You have a beautiful ornament!

Making Memories: Bow Tree Topper

Tree toppers have left from the traditional star today thanks to Kristen’s Creations!

First gather all your ribbon, its simpler at first with just one or two, and and scrunch it in the middle. Now make a loop keeping all your ribbons in line. You’ll want to continue and make a look under this one. Now when you make your third, you’ll want to twist the ribbon so that as she shows, the green ribbon is one top.

Now just keep twisting and making loops, making sure the same color stays on top. When you have enough, just tie it together with wire or of the such, and fluff it out! Then you can leave it as such, or decorate as she did.


P.S. If this did not make as much sense as I tried for it to be, her website has more pictures to help.