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Guest Post — Make a Story Ornament!!

Hello Tatortots and Jello readers! I am Katie and I’m so excited to be here today from Paint on the Canvas. Jen was the very first crafting blog I started reading. I am absolutely thrilled to share this tutorial with you.
Story Ornaments-Tutorial



I love this time of year and all the fun Christmas crafts it brings. I wanted to make the special people in my life an ornament that told a story and created a memory. Story Ornaments are ornaments that do just that. My dear friend and cousin Bethany and I ran a half marathon together this past spring. I wanted to make an ornament that she would always look at and remember that day.



Materials for ornament:
Clear bulb ornament
small buttons or trinkets that can fit inside
fuzzy craft balls
Ribbon or string
tag-cardstock and paper


Once you decide the memory that you are going to tell in your story, you are ready to find your trinkets/buttons.
Here are all the buttons that I found to put inside my ornament.
A shoe charm
Music notes
checkerboard flags

Once you have all your buttons or trinkets, open the top of your ornament and place them in.

To add some more color and to make it pop when hung on the tree add some fuzzy, sparkly, craft balls.
The next thing you need to do is add your tag. The tag tells your story. I wanted my friend to look at this ornament on the tree and remember that day from years to come. The pieces in the ornament will allow her to remember but the tag lets others know as well.
Once you have your tag string it through with another charm of your choice. I put the tag and shoe charm on the string. The charm is added to the outside of the ornament to give it that extra flair.http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_e82wNrdlR2I/TQGSwn6_WtI/AAAAAAAAAlY/gOYvEX70UXE/s1600/IMG_5097.JPG
Put your ribbon through your ornament and tie a knot.

This would be great to create a special memory of that vacation you had last year, or the new baby that arrived, your sisters wedding, or the love in your life.



The possibilities are endless.


 Thank you Katie!! What a thoughtful idea!
I think my kids would love getting one of those this year!

It would be fun to make one for each child every year with things inside that really reminded you of them that year. Kind of like a scrapbook of that year!!
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  1. Valerie says:


    A little late to find this but I will try this for christmas next year..

  2. Seriously a lovely blog! I am now following your blog, love it! So happy I came across it. PS: I love these! What a great idea.

    Come stop by my blog if you would like :)
    Have a great day,

  3. amycornwell says:

    This is awesome! I love it!

  4. Molly Smith says:

    OMGosh, this is the cutest ornament I've seen this season. Thanks Katie for sharing your fabulous ideas.

    Merry Christmas, Jen and family!


  5. Ali Rockwell says:

    That's really neat!

    My friend gave me a great idea for a more meaningful ornament this year, too. She and her husband buy an ornament every day and write the location of where they are living that year… they move around a lot so that makes it really neat I think. Mine would be a bit more boring, but it would still be so fun to look back at them in the year's to come!!

  6. What a great idea Katie! So cute I can't wait to make them! I'm heading to Hobby Lobby in the morning! Thanks!!

  7. Thanks for sharing that you can get the trinkets at Hobby Lobby -I;ll have to lokk these are too cute

  8. LOVE THIS!!! Such a personalized and cute holiday ornament idea!!

  9. Kassi @ Truly Lovely says:

    Such a cute ornament idea!!! Love it.

  10. CUTE!!! Jill at Barnes Yard used the same kind of idea for an I Spy one. :)

  11. Brena and Jered says:

    I've always loved personalized ornaments. What a great idea.

  12. How sweet!

  13. Paint on the Canvas says:

    I got all the trinkets,charms and buttons at Hobby lobby. They have a ton of stuff to choose from.

  14. pat/susie/resortmom says:

    Awesome idea…I tried to post on her blog but wasn't able to. I am going to make these for my 4 married kids as a family ornament, highlighting all their events in the past year…if I can remember!
    So personalized…and fun to find and collect all the little trinkets.
    thanks for featuring it!
    a grandma of 9 little blessings!

  15. Can you tell where you found all your little trinkets? Love this!

  16. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! I've been trying to find the *perfect* Baby's 1st Christmas ornament for my daughter, but I think it would be wayyyy better if I make an ornament. Definitely more personal and memorable! Thanks for the fabulous idea! =)