Simple Keepsake Ornaments

I love symbols, sentimental mementos and any sort of visual representation of a memory. However, storing or displaying these objects (without losing track of items in boxes or making the house look like a museum) can be a challenge.  That’s why I love these transparent, “make your own” ornaments from Michael’s. They make it simple to put together a beautiful keepsake ornament to commemorate a memory or event.

After Tony’s & my wedding in 2013, I made an ornament to mark our first Christmas together as a Ornament2family. Shortly after the celebration in June, I pressed the petals from my bridal bouquet in between the pages of the Complete Works and left them to dry for a couple months. That winter, I took a few minutes to fill an ornament with the petals (and some fine glitter, of course) and now, each year when we decorate for the holidays, we have a nice reminder of our wedding as well!

2015 marked a special and exciting year for us as we welcomed our daughter, Mira, and so it’s time for a new ornament.  I’ve kept her hospital bracelets, umbilical clamp and ribbons from one of her first presents tucked away for the past several months (nine and a half to be exact ;)) and am excited to put them into a small and simple display to revisit from year to year.


First, I sprinkled coral glitter hearts in the bottom of the ornament and swirled them around so they stuck to the sides as well.  Then, I poured a healthy amount of very fine glitter into the ornament to create a translucent, sparkly coating all over. Next, I filled the ornament with keepsake items.  For this ornament, I started with the curly pink ribbon, putting in just enough to fill the ornament and then added the hospital bracelets last so that they could be easily seen. Finally, I added a simple pink ribbon and ornament hook and voila, all done!

It only takes few minutes to create a unique and beautiful keepsake ornament to store your memories in a way that your whole family can enjoy each year.

Happy Memories, Glittering and proCraftination!!

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Card Tricks!

My husband and I are sentimental and love holding on to the cards we’ve gotten for special occasions. However, with limited space and mementos mounting daily, 😉 here are a couple ideas for consolidating and reusing card collections, while still maintaining the memories:

1) Greeting Card Book –

For months (ahem, years actually) our wedding cards had been sitting in a bag in the closet, waiting for me to decide what to do with them.  I couldn’t throw them away, but wasn’t sure how to manage the pile in a way that might encourage us to flip through them for years to come. Inspired by my husband’s and my love of books, I decided to make a simple ring booklet to hold the cards together.CardTrick3

  • To get started, determine the cover of your book.  I decided to use the biggest, sturdiest card in the pile, however, you could use any card stock or chip board. Make sure that your cover is larger than the rest of the cards you are using. I had so many cards that I decided to make two books, so one half of the card made cover 1 and the other half made cover 2 so that both books would be the same size.
  • Punch holes in each of the cards in approximately the same spot.  I used Martha Stewart Crafts Heavy Duty Punch from Michaels.
  • Decorate your cover page (if you like or just use your favorite card as the cover). I used a few supplies I had around the house to decorate. I cut a paper bag in half, scored the corners and folded over the cover and secured with tape.  Then I used durable decoupage gloss finish to paste a light teal (my favorite color from our wedding) doily to the cover on the first book, along with a sparkly ampersand sticker.  For the second, I decoupaged an image from one of our wedding cards. Then I hot glued some scraps of ribbon to the top and bottom of each cover to trim.CardTrick2
  • Finally, you’re ready to slide all of the cards onto a metal ring.  I used Michaels DMC 1 1/2 ” metal rings.

You’re all set with a compact keepsake to display or store! 🙂




2) Cardstock Stash

For less sentimental cards that may end up being recycled or thrown away, try this quick tip before you trash: CardTrick4

  • After reading and enjoying 🙂 I like to cut the front page off of greeting cards.  Usually, the inside cover of a card has a pretty design with no words. Once cut, you have a nice-sized piece of colored card stock that you can use for other craft projects, or simple things like labeling boxes or making your own postcards. 



Happy proCRAFTination, everyone!! (Procraftination is that extreme urge you get to make something out of your wedding cards two years after your wedding instead of figuring out insurance paperwork. It’s also making labels for baby clothes instead of doing the dishes. 😉 )  xo, Natalie

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