What I love most about the holiday season are the little surprises; unexpected gifts and spontaneous bouts of giving. These are the times I cherish more than anything else. Growing up, my friend's mother made dozens of ornaments each year. They were simple and sweet and hung on a special tree in their living room. She often enlisted our help and after hours of glue, seeds, sticks, ribbons, paint, clay, and patience the entire tree was filled. Since I'm sure we weren't entirely helpful, this endeavor was a testament to her crafty dedication...and love. The really amazing part was that each ornament was made to be given. A surprise present to whomever crossed their door and sometimes to others in community who needed a bit of cheer. The mailman, random friends, a lady from church, co-workers, the elderly neighbor - everyone left with one of these small gifts. Eventually, the tree was completely bare and even as a teenager I realized that this stood for an incredible amount of goodwill.
Now, with two boys of my own I'm looking to create those similar feelings of joy and giving for them. I've gathered up a few simple tutorials for really lovelyornaments to make, keep, and give.
Make Your Own Clay Ornaments by A Beautiful Mess
Etched Birch Ornaments by Design Mom
Burlap Stamped Ornaments by Bliss Bloom Blog
Monogram Ornaments by A Pair of Pears