Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.
One of my favorite things about the holidays is decorating our home for Christmas. Out of all the decorations that I own, none are more cherished than my personalized ornaments. Most of my personalized family ornaments are “dough” ornaments that I have gotten over the years, from my childhood and through my parenting journey. They all have our names and the year we received them. This year I wanted to try my hand at creating our own personalized ornaments but wanted to add some memories to the ornaments so every year when we pulled them out we would think about fun times we’d had over the years.
I’m loving rustic Christmas decor lately so I thought it would be fun to use round wood pieces to make some favorite memory ornaments for 2016. Originally I was going to get round wood pieces and drill a hole into them to make them into ornaments but I found pre-made wooden ornament packs in the woodworking section of my local craft store which made this DIY craft even easier. If you have a live tree you may even want to cut pieces off the bottom of your Christmas tree trunk (after the holidays) to make this craft. That would really make these ornaments special and personalized!
So other than your wooden circle pieces that have drilled holes towards the top you are going to need pretty ribbon and Sharpie markers. I chose to use the new Sharpie Extreme Permanent Markers because they are fade-resistant. There would be nothing more devastating than creating these special ornaments only to take them out of the decorations box years later to find the ink had faded and you couldn’t read the special memory that you’d written down! These new markers are also specially formulated for wood (along with plastic and glass) so I knew they’d be best for this project.
The first thing I had to do was switch out the twine for some festive ribbon. I got double sided ribbon that was polka dot on one side and striped on the other. I recommend using thin ribbon but if you have thicker ribbon, like I did, you can just roll it to get it through the hole in your wood. One it’s through, tie a knot in the ribbon so that you’ll be able to hang it on your Christmas tree. You’ll want to create one ornament for each person in your immediate family.
The last step is to write on the ornament. Using my green Sharpie Extreme Permanent Marker, I wrote everyone’s name and the year on one side of the ornament. I then asked my family members what their favorite memory from 2016 was and wrote that memory down on the opposite side. If you have younger children you might want to talk about some of the things you did throughout the year so you don’t end up with their favorite memory being what you did the day before because that’s all they can remember doing.
With this year being our first Disney trip I wasn’t surprised that both Jacob and Sinisa listed Disney as their favorite memory. Lucas thought back to one of our summer day trips at a local theme park and decided his favorite memory was when he rode roller coasters there. I had a lot of great memories this year but chose our Mackinac Island vacation, where I showed my family the place I’d loved visiting as a child, as my top memory.
I was so excited to put these ornaments on the tree and know that they are going to bring back wonderful memories every holiday season. I will be making these ornaments every year as our new family tradition.
What memories would you put on your ornaments?
22 thoughts on “DIY Favorite Memory Ornaments”
VERY cute! It is easy and the kids can draw whatever they want on it! I love it!
That is so cute! I love decorations like this. They’re instant keepsakes for a lifetime. Great ideas.
Very cute idea! I cannot believe Christmas is this week! IT is nuts!
I love this idea. Seems simple enough to do as well. My kids would love to make them with me.
Awe, I love how simple this idea is. The kids have a mini tree in the upstairs living room and this would be the perfect way to decorate it. Thanks for sharing
These are so cute! I love that each person could personalize it with their names and favourite memories from the previous year.
These are so pretty! I love that you can customize it and they are so rustic chic.
We love making our own ornaments! Love this idea!
These are cute! I love preserving memories this way. It’s always nice to look back on the previous year’s ornaments.
There are so many great projects you can do with Sharpies. These wood slices would make great ornaments.
This is such a cute ornament idea, It is easy for the kids to do.
I will have to get the supplies I need to make a few of these. I love the wood.
I have been looking for different ornament ideas for the kids to make. I will have to give this a try.
What a sweet and simple idea! My kids would love making these!
Those ornaments you made are so creative. What a great way to capture favorite memories for future generations that you can enjoy year after year.
I love this simple idea yet so sweet! So easy to make too even kids can dot their own!
Your ornaments are so sweet! I love how they contain a precious memory. It’s nice that they are so personalized. :)
I literally could not survive without my sharpies! –and I love that they come in all these fantastic colors and that you were able to create these keepsake ornaments!
I love the rustic look of these ornaments. They are a great idea.
This is a cute ideas. My kids would draw all sorts of things for their memories and that would be fun to look back on!
Cute idea!! I love any ornaments where my children had a part in making them. :) Huge fan of hand and foot prints.