Growing up Christmas was such a special time of year and now that I have children it is even more so. I wish I could relive and savor every moment of walking out and seeing all the presents laid out under the sparkling lights. Or the looks on my kid’s faces now, the joy they have when they rip open wrapping paper and see the one thing they wanted waiting for them. Christmas is first and foremost about the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the season never fails to leave me mesmerized at the perfection of the Christmas story. This time capsule Christmas ornament is a way to wrap all those feelings and memories up and save them to relive later!
I’ve joined up with a wonderful group of women to bring you one new handmade Christmas ornament a day for the entire month of October! If you are here from Celebrating Everyday Life WELCOME! This project is day 6 of 31! You will see all the links at the bottom of this tutorial. My handmade Christmas ornament idea is so easy and I’m making it even easier by adding a free printable for you! I came up with a list of memories I thought would be fun to look back on years later and put them all on one small slip of paper, the perfect size to slip inside your handmade holiday ornament!
I cut the year out of brushed gold vinyl with my Cricut and while I was at it went ahead and cut out years ahead so we could start this little family tradition at Christmas time! If you don’t have a Cricut, you could use scrapbook stickers or paint the year on each ornament just as easily.
Next I gathered some of my favorite ribbons, ones that I thought would blend well with my Christmas décor over the years. I made little ribbon toppers for each ornament by sliding fat wired houndstooth ribbon into the ornament topper. Next I laid out three lengths of small ribbon in red and gold, looped that through the ornament top and tied a basic knot, cut the ends and spread out the ribbons. I am not a huge bow person, so this is super simple and not as fru fru as it could be…it’s all up tp your personal style!
Go ahead and print multiple copies of this sheet (or make your own) for your family to fill out, printing extras for the years to come. Store the printed sheets and pre-dated ornaments with your Christmas décor and it will be ready and waiting each year! This printable needs to have the extra length cut off the bottom and then cut into three equal pieces for the Q&A.
Once everyone fills out the sheet roll them up and slip them inside the top of the ornament. I love to see everyone’s personal handwriting and thoughts, it’s like a mini scrapbook on your tree! I also picked up a few Christmas greenery picks and using a wire cutter I snipped short bits of faux greenery to slip in the ornament for a little pop of color and texture.
I like to use the nice ornament holders to hang my ornaments from, my mom gave me some a few years ago and they are AWESOME! Our traditional ornaments are glass collectibles and these hooks hold them so much better. Plus they are just prettier! Here is an affiliate link for you in case you want to try them: pretty ornament hooks. They will add some extra flare to your time capsules (mine are still in the attic, so I didn’t show them here!)
Years from now when you crack open your little time capsules I hope they will bring you warm memories and smiles! Be sure to visit every day in October as this wonderful group of ladies shares one more handmade Christmas ornament. You might want to pin this post or save it so you can check back in easily and always have this printable on hand! Here are the ideas you can check out so far:
Day 1 – Pet Scribbles | Day 2 – Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline | Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Celebrating Everyday Life | Day 6 – Hunt and Host
Day 7 – Love of Home | Day 8 – Celebrate Creativity
Day 9 – Petticoat Junktion | Day 10 – What Meegan Makes
Day 11 – Atta Girl Says | Day 12 – Sweet Pea
Day 13 – Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 – Imparting Grace
Day 15 – In My Own Style | Day 16 – 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
Day 17 – Inspiration for Moms | Day 18 – The Chelsea Project
Day 19 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 – Hearth and Vine
Day 22 – Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 – Remodelando la Casa
Day 24 – Domestically Speaking | Day 25 – Swoodson Says
Day 26 – Stone Gable | Day 27 – My Creative Days
Day 28 – The Crafting Nook | Day 29 – Knick of Time
Day 30 – Lovely Etc. | Day 31 – Live Laugh Rowe
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