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DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments

DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

I really love to give gifts. It’s true. Sure, it can sometimes be stressful to try to think up a great gift idea, but for me, it’s also a fun challenge to try to figure out exactly what the recipient might need or want and find the perfect gift to meet that need.

I especially have a love for personalized gifts. Maybe it’s because when I was little I couldn’t ever find my name on anything (though I can now!) or maybe it’s just because I feel like when someone’s name is on something it gives it an extra special touch, like the gift was made especially for them. Whatever the reason, if I can monogram it or write your name across it, you’d better believe that I’m going to do it! So of course Christmas gives me the perfect excuse to put my personalized gift giving into action.

I think it’s kind of fun to have a small token for each family to take home from our Christmas celebration as a memento, so last year I made some easy monogrammed ornaments for everyone. This year I wanted to do something a little different while still continuing the personalized ornament tradition, so after much brainstorming and scouring the craft store for inspiration, I finally came up with these little gems.

Supplies

Here’s what I used to make my DIY personalized Christmas ornaments:

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Process

Now I “cheated” a little bit and had my Silhouette cut out my letters for me. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could use the chalk transfer method I used in this post to create your letters and paint pens to fill them in.

If you’re working with a machine, these are the steps I used to create my personalized ornaments:

DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

I started with my wooden ornament blanks and sanded down any rough edges (1). I then removed the tie so that I wouldn’t get any paint on it, and I painted my blanks red (2). As they were drying, I created my design in the Silhouette Studio software. I used a font called Snell Roundhand for the script and Playfair Display for the print. I also used the curlicue shape from this design in the Silhouette Store. Once I had my design set, I had my machine cut it out, and I used the hook tool to weed away the excess vinyl (3).

Tip: Sometimes working with small letters like these can be a little tricky. I found that for some reason when I began to peel off the excess vinyl from the end of the word, it seemed to pull away more easily than when I started at the beginning.

I then cut a small piece of transfer paper, removed the backing, and pressed it down onto my word. I was then able to remove the backing from the adhesive vinyl (4). Centering my design on the ornament, I used my scraper tool to press it into place (5). I peeled back the transfer paper, and I had my first word done (6)! I repeated the process to add the year (7) and the curlicues (8).

Finally, I used a paperclip to help me get my twine back through the little hole in the ornament so that I could hang them, and they were finished!

DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

{Psssstttt… if you see my family members, don’t tell them that they’re getting these! 😉 }

DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments | JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com

Now I think I need a few of these for my own tree… 😉 I just love that a $1 wood blank can turn into a personalized memento in just a few little steps! It such a simple little gift, but it can be hung on the tree and remembered for years to come.

Happy gift giving!

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11 Comments

  1. Kimm at Reinvented and RoadKill Rescue says:

    I love these Abby! I just bought some blank ornaments yesterday to make some for my kids (they get an ornament every year so they will have a full tree’s worth when they move out ?)

    1. That is the sweetest gift for kids. I must to do it. Thanks for sharing your idea. Xoxo

  2. Hannah@SeeingtheLovely says:

    These are so cute, Abby! My sister and I used to often make ornaments for our relatives when we were younger, but these are so cool-I might have to renew the tradition!

  3. I love these ornaments! They’re so cute and personal, and they’re the perfect gift to give to give to people who are hard to buy for!

  4. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    Our family used to have an ornament-making day every year before Christmas where we’d make a slew of handmade ornaments to give away as gifts (and of course a few to adorn our tree). Now, I’m inspired to put a date on the calendar for me and my Silhouette to make it happen this year! Thanks for this killer tutorial.

    And thanks for the incredible shout-out to my book, Abby! You are zee best. So glad to hear it has inspired you!

    1. justagirlabby says:

      What a FUN tradition! I love that! Thank YOU so much for inspiring us all to meaningful gift giving! You are the best, my friend! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Addi Ganley says:

    These are perfect personal gifts to give, especially to family members. They look so elegant but so simple at the same time.

    Thank you for the idea!

  6. Lovely Decor (@lb_lovelydecor) says:

    I love these!! Me and one of my good friends do an ornament exchange every year and I am so going to make one this year!

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor
    xx

  7. Preciosa @ A Simple Life and Everything Nice says:

    I love personalized gifts! 🙂 Thank you for this wonderful idea. 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      So glad it was helpful for you! <3

      ~Abby =)

  8. I like it, but this is too dificult to me.

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