I previously shared this ornament a couple of years ago just before my brother and now-sister-in-law got married. A lot of people do different creative things with the couple’s wedding invitation; return it to them in their card, frame it, etc. I wanted something just a tiny bit out of the ordinary and this ornament fit the bill for me.
I thought I would re-share it with you now as it fits in well with the Christmas in July theme. There are usually lots of summer weddings, so you can start collecting your invitations and getting started on your ornaments now. By the time the holidays roll around, you’ll have memorable ornaments to present.
DIY Our First Christmas Ornament
Pen or Pencil
Clear glass ornament
Ribbon for hanging
Start by cutting the invitation into strips roughly the same size, about 1/4″-1/2″ wide. I used the entire invitation, even the blank pieces, but if you have a lot of empty space you may want to leave a few of them out.
Tightly curl each strip around a pen or pencil to create a curlique. You’ll want to wrap them fairly tightly as they’ll loosen up a bit after you fill the ornament.
Continue wrapping strips until you have curled all of them. Go through them and select the ones with the most memorable words to use first.
Remove the cap of the glass ornament. One at a time drop the curls through the top of the ornament until full. Use your finger to push them around until the words show through the glass the way you’d like.
Slide the charm’s loop through the metal pin of the ornament cap and replace the top. Thread through enough ribbon to make a hanging loop, cut, and tie off. Your charm could be a heart like mine, or it could be something specific to the couple to whom you’re giving it. For example, if they got married at Disney, you might use Mickey & Minnie ear charms.
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