Keepsake Christmas Ornaments

Does it seem as if Christmas has lost its magic? I remember hearing my parents speak about how commercialized the season has become. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of making and filling a list so you can see the names checked off. Sometimes I just need to slow down and enjoy the nostalgia of keepsake Christmas ornaments.

As Artisan business owners, finding ways to find gifts for our loved ones can be difficult as we work hard to fill that for our customers. We understand how important it is for them to get that perfect, meaningful gift. We know that handmade gifts hold the most meaning for both the giver and the receiver, and yet finding time to create our own list is pushed to the back burner.

Our tree decorations have gone from hand-made to store-bought over the years. Remember when every ornament was something we created from popsicle sticks, ribbons, and our drawings or photos? Those memories of bygone days came back to me as I walked through my husband’s woodworking shop and saw all his scrap wood pieces piled up. My imagination went wild with ways to bring his scraps and my art together to create something beautiful for the holidays!

I love that he is so open to my crazy ideas! This project brings back the special magical feelings of Christmas!
We dug through the pile and pulled out everything salvageable and he turned them into blocks of all sizes. My favorites are the 1.75” and the 2” blocks! They bring back happy childhood feelings.

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Will worked for days cutting, sanding, and preparing the blocks for me. While he did that, I went to the local craft stores and got supplies of ribbons, Christmas craft papers, glue, and miniature stars. I also went online and found some vintage postcards to use.

Once back in my studio, I got creative with ways to use my art prints to make this project more personal. I wanted these to be gifts that could fill stockings and become a Christmas staple for years to come.

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Everything you need to follow along is included in my Block Ornament Kits! These make great gifts, too!

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With my supplies around me, I began cutting the papers and my art prints into small squares to fit onto three sides of the blocks Will had prepared. You can paint the blocks before attaching your papers, or lightly sand the edges, then lightly brush stain ink on them to create an aged finish.

In our kits, I included the letters J O Y and I glued them to the remaining side of the blocks, giving me three beautiful blocks for my ornament. Using eye hooks and ribbon, I tied the three blocks together and added a miniature star to the bottom. Detailed step-by-step instructions can be found in our kits, or our upcoming in-studio and online ornament workshops!

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By adding personal photos to your ornaments, you can add more meaning to your gifts, bring hand-made decorations back to your tree, and fill years to come with treasured memories!

Renee Smith
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Renee Smith

As a wife, mom of seven grown children, NaNa to an ever-growing number of grandchildren, artist, writer, and owner of 2 businesses, Rainy Day Vintage, LLC and RDV Prints, Renee Smith knows how important it is to maintain art/life balance! View Renee’s Full Bio

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