Saturday, December 18, 2010

Handmade Ornaments

Clothespin Rudolph. I think we made these with my Girl Scout troop.

When I was growing up my mom, sister, and I had a tradition of making homemade Christmas ornaments every year. We'd make lots and give them as gifts to our teachers, neighbors, and relatives. I don't know when we stopped making ornaments--maybe around the time I reached high school and life got more hectic. I would love to start the tradition back up again because I loved the time we spent together crafting, and also because I love remembering each year when I spot the ornaments on my tree. I find myself drawn to handmade decorations and thought I'd share some that I've collected. 

Okra Santa. Made from real okra! I bought this one at a craft fair a couple of years ago.

This sweet screenprinted kokeshi doll is a new addition this year. I bought her from my blog friend Amy. She's got more in her shop.

A wooden snowman that K's uncle Gary made for us last year.

A little felt bird that I sewed in Japan.

A pipecleaner and bead snowflake made by Mom.

I love this tiny flowerpot snowman that my mom made. His earmuffs and scarf are so cute!

And finally a cross-stitched Santa that I picked up for a dime at a yard sale.

As I write this I'm remembering all of the ornaments I've left out. There are so many special ones on our tree! 

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Do you have a favorite ornament? What's its story? Is it homemade?


  1. Thank you for sharing the ornament you bought from me! It makes me feel so special! My tree is full of handmade ornaments. I just love them. I remember making the rudolf one as a child too! I will have to ask Mom where those went... Merry Christmas!

  2. we have a couple of those reindeer too! and cross stitched santas!

  3. We really cut down on the number of ornaments we put out on the tree this year. Only the treasured ones made the cut....Mostly, they're the homemade ones from mothers, grandmothers and of course, the kids.

  4. We went mostly for the fancy ornaments this year. There aren't too many handmade ones on the tree. That's not because we have a lack of them---we have a ton. Last year we decorated our second tree (we had two) with all the handmade ornaments. I did it with my Mom and it was nice to reminisce about where and when we made/received each one!


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