Reindeer Handprint Ornament

How many of your ornament on your tree are personalized?

I think pretty much every ornament on our tree is personalized in some way which makes decorating the tree so much fun for us.

One of my favorite ornaments is the Santa Handprint Ornament from last year.  Connor was amazed to see how much his hand has grown in just one year.

reindeer handprint clay ornament
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And now this year we made a Reindeer Handprint Ornament.

Want to make one too?  It’s pretty easy!

All you need is white clay, brown paint, a red pom pom, brown sharpie, one googly eye, and ribbon

Step 1:  I rolled out the white clay and then pressed Connor’s hand in it.  I used a knife to cut around the handprint.  Then I baked it in the oven.  Don’t forget to poke the hole for the ribbon before baking.

Step 2:  I painted the inside of the handprint brown.  Once the paint dried I outlined the handprint with a brown sharpie and colored in the hooves.

Step 3:  I glued on the eye and nose and used double sided tape to attach pipe cleaner antlers to the back.

Step 4:  I traced the handprint onto the felt, cut it out and glued it to the back to give it a more finished look.

Step 5:  Thread the ribbon through the hole and hang on your Christmas tree.

I love how the reindeer and Santa look next to each other on the tree.  The Santa is still my favorite but it so fun to see how Connor’s hand has grown.  I’m going to have to come up with another handprint ornament for next year’s tree.

What is your favorite ornament on your tree this year?

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Wedding Sheet Music Ornament

I’m so in love with this ornament!  We just celebrated our 10 year anniversary so when I saw sheet music ornaments from BHG on Pinterest, I knew I needed to make one with our wedding song.  

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And it was super easy to make.  I ordered my sheet music online and received a digital download right away.  Then I printed out the sheet music, cut it into strips, rolled each strip using a pencil, and placed it inside a clear ornament.  

What a great keepsake ornament!!  It makes me smile every time I walk by it on the tree.  
What is your favorite ornament on your tree this year?

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Love Bird Ornament by Sewing Barefoot

Hi Happy Go Lucky Readers!
I’m Shannon from Sewing Barefoot and I’m excited to share a project with you that is near and dear to my heart. 

A few years ago, my husband and I started a tradition of naming our Christmas trees.  So far, we’ve had an “Alfred” & a “Belinda”.  With our 3rd Christmas tree right around the corner, we’ve been brainstorming “C” names. Last year, I saved a piece of “Belinda” and made a sweet little ornament with it.
2011 was a big year for us – we bought our first home and we got married. Therefore, I thought “Love Birds” would be the perfect theme for our ornament. Using a wood burner, I made this little design and added a hook & some twine. We now have a festive reminder of how wonderful 2011 was for us.

If you’d like to see more about the process of making this “Love Bird” ornament, feel free to stop by & check out the full post.  I have some big plans for Tree “C” and can’t wait to share them after the holidays.

Thank you Shannon for sharing this awesome project!  You have to head over to Sewing Barefoot to see all the fabulous ideas Shannon shares.  I love her blog and I’m pretty sure you will also!!

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Collage Pillowcase

A few months ago I shared a fun tutorial on Ladybird Ln and thought I would share it again in case you missed it.

My husband is in the Navy and is getting ready to go out to sea for 6 months. This will be his first deployment since Connor was born so I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make the separation easier on us all.

I decided it would be fun to create a photo collage on the pillowcase that he will take on the ship with him.  This way we are the first thing he sees in the morning when he wakes up and the last thing he sees when he goes to sleep at night.

It was a super easy project and so much fun. I also think it would make a cute sleepover craft.

Materials needed:

  • Any color pillow case
  • Iron on transfer sheets
  • Iron on letters or fabric markers (optional)
  • Iron
  • Camara, computer and printer


  • Print the pictures onto the transfer paper.
  • Cut out the pictures.  I had a few pictures printed in the shape of stars but you can cut them into any shape you want.
  • Iron the pictures onto the pillowcase.  Just make sure you follow the directions on the package.
  • Iron on a little message using the iron on letters.  I also thought it would be cute to write a little message using fabric markers.  If you made these at a sleepover, I think it would be cute to have everyone write a little message.
  • Then put your pillow inside, place on your bed and enjoy!

Very easy and so much fun to have!

Now I need to make photo collage pillowcase for Connor to keep on his bed.  I think I’m also going to make a grandparents pillowcase for Connor since we live out of state and don’t see them as often as we would like.

I hope this inspires you to make a simple keepsake for someone special.

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Mosaic Art

I came across this personalized art idea at Under the Table and Dreaming and had to immediately make it for myself.  I used pictures from Leo Reynold’s collection to create my personal family print.  It only took an hour and most of that time was spent looking through all the different pictures available.

This is what I created:

I opened a PowerPoint presentation and set the page settings to be 8 x 8.  If your name is longer you will probably want your page set to 8 x 10.  Then I inserted the letters, numbers, and shapes into the slide.  I saved it as a PDF so I can take it and have it printed out.   I’ll post pictures of it framed this evening.
I also found this great website called Big Huge Labs where you can make your own mosaic art with personal photos and photos found online.  I think my next project will be a mosaic art print of Connor’s first and second year.  You can also make puzzles and other fun products of pictures.  Check it out if you get a chance.
Please share your personal mosaic art.  Leave a comment and link back to your blog.  I’d love to take a look.
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Subway Art Personalized Ornaments

I’m loving all the subway art I’ve seen on various blogs I follow so I decided to try something simple before I make my family one for the house.

I decided to create subway art personalized ornaments for my husband, son, dog and me.

I started with four pieces of christmas scrapbook paper, 4 small wooden squares 3.5 x 5.5, red paint and red ribbon.

I used Microsoft PowerPoint to create arrange my words.  I set the paper to the size of the wood by clicking on File and then Page Setup.  Then I started typing in different words to describe everybody and played around with the different fonts.  It really didn’t take that long at all.

After all 4 of my slides were complete, I cut the scrapbook paper to 4 x 6 because I was using my PictureMate printer to print the images.   Then, I just placed the 4 different sheets of paper in the printer and printed the four images.

I then was ready to attach the paper to the wood.  I painted the wood pieces red and when it dried, I simply decoupaged the paper images to the wood.  When it was all dry, I drilled a hole in the wood and pulled the ribbon through so it can hang from the tree.

A fun and simple keepsake ornament!  My favorite part was including Connor’s toys that he loves playing with this year .  It will be fun to look at in the future and remember what he liked in 2010.

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