Every year we buy one new ornament that symbolizes our little family. I love this little activity especially since we seem to grow by one child every year. My favorite family ornament is below and it is precious to my heart as it illustrates God’s grace and healing and restoration. I was pregnant with Asher that Christmas and that little ornament is a reminder that God does indeed redeem and restore and make all things new.
We also make an ornament every year. Typically I pick up little wooden ornaments from the craft store super discounted (i.e. $0.10!) after Christmas and put them away for the following year. Then we each paint our own and sign the back with our name and year. It’s sweet and simple but a great activity that forces us to slow down and just do something together as a family. I also put together a little collection of great DIY Ornaments that are beautiful, simple and inexpensive to make (below.) They would make great Christmas gifts and in fact, I have made and given away a few of the ones listed below.
+ Pearl Ornament by Do It Yourself Divas
+ Glitter Ornament by Henry Happened
+ French Vintage Inspired Ornament by MotifBrophy
+ Crayon Ornament by The Swell Life
+ Twine Ornament by Bower Power
+ Monogram Glitter Ornament by Pizzazzerie
I have tried the Glitter Ornament and will be making more this year. Super simple but has a big, beautiful impact. A perfect gift.
I have also tried the French Vintage Inspired Ornament. I used an old hymnal and gave them to our church’s elders last Christmas. They were a huge hit and everyone loved them.
I made a set of the Twine Ornaments for my mother-in-law last year for Christmas. The look of those ornaments fits perfectly with her rustic, modern style and she ended up using them as a vase filler all year round.
I really want to try the crayon ornament this year as gifts for niece and nephews! I’ll let you know how they turn out!
Happy ornament making!!