Three of my nearest and dearest friends and their significant others are celebrating some pretty important firsts this Christmas: first Christmas in their home, first with their new puppy, and first as husband and wife. To help them celebrate these milestones this holiday season I wanted to make them special personalized ornaments.
I found images of simple shapes that I wanted for each ornament and asked my father in law to cut them out of wood (maple to be exact). If you don’t have a handy-dandy father in law (or someone who can cut wood for you), lots of craft stores sell stock wooden shapes, some already with a hole for a lanyard.
Here are the plain shapes:
I then painted each one with acrylic. I wanted to keep them fairly rustic as I find that’s always a classic look for the holidays and goes with most décor, so I stuck with neutral colours. I tried to keep natural wood wherever I thought it would work. I also wanted to make sure I incorporated the year on each one, even if it was on the back. Finally, I used twine as the lanyard – again, keeping it rustic.
Here are the finished products:
I need to work on my script/writing, but overall I’m pretty happy with them and I really hope my friends will love them too.