Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fast & Fun Christmas Ornaments from Nature

      I was inspired yesterday by a post from my friend Kateri of Dandelion Haven.  She made cute twig star Christmas ornaments from remnants of a morning stroll.  What a lovely idea.  I will be sharing many of my own homemade Christmas ornaments on our Virtual Christmas Ornament SWAP Blog Hop over the next few weeks, and I  hope you share a few of yours too so we can all have a tree full of fun, new, handmade ornaments and maybe even make some extras to share with loved ones and friends.
      Here is an old family favorite that's EASY and fast.  My Mom's friend Cheryl made these from tree branches my hubby cut to her specifications, on an angle, you want them to be atleast 1/4 inch thick.   

 She drilled a small hole through the top and ran a pretty satin ribbon through as a hanger and bow. 

 She used red, green and black permanent markers to draw the greenery and names
 and an old ink stamp pad to transfer your thumbprint image onto the ornament.   Then, she cleverly turned your thumbprint into a cute little Christmas mouse.  
     I can imagine some of the artists that read my blog could paint entire winter scenes on these little gems.  Wouldn't that be nice too.  Branches with nice bark look great, and they can be sprayed with a sealant, though we never did and they've hung around a long time.  Ours are a sort of time capsule.  You see, my son Jonathan was 3 years old when his thumbprint touched this image and today he's 6' 5" tall, married and on his own.  I am going to give him his ornament this year for his family tree and we will make more for our grandkids someday, when we get them... hehe.
 I wish you a Very, Merry Christmas!
This ornament is linked to Deborah Jean's Dandelion House 


  1. Lovely idea - thanks for posting.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Ann. Stay cozy. The weather is getting ugly here. Have a great week.

  3. Thanks Kathy. I just love that I can look at my toddler's fingerprint and look "up" at him, all grown up, at the same time.

  4. Thanks for the mention! :) I love these. I don't know if I will have to make any this year, but definitly an idea I will keep in mind, maybe I will get my husband to cut some of the rounds next time he is cutting wood.

  5. Kateri,
    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Birds, Bees, Berries & Blooms,
    I think this is a perfect keepsake ornament for kids of all ages in the family.