Homemade: 2013 Christmas Ornament

Once again, my wife and I both made Christmas ornaments this year. I started this tradition back in in 2005, when we were still dating. That year I decorated a papier mache birdhouse that I painted and sprinkled with glitter. It had a roof made of pine cone scales from a cone we found while out walking together. It has hung on our Christmas tree every year since then. But I’ve also been making ornaments since I was much younger, and I have many of those older ornaments with me still.

Birdhouse from 2005

Birdhouse from 2005

It is my custom to wait until the last minute to finish the new ornament, keeping it a surprise until I unveil it on Christmas morning, and this year was no different. My 2013 ornament was a tree made from several pieces of green felt, and decorated with red garland and some sequins for bling. I got one piece of felt from Lynda – just enough to whet her curiosity, and then bought a couple of additional pieces in other shades of green.

2013 ornament on tree

2013 ornament on tree

Lynda has been making ornaments too for several years now, and this time she made a lovely snowflake. She used her Silhouette Portrait to cut cardstock, then painted it with glitter and added some ribbon and a little bling. I think it turned out to be a lovely ornament, and so delicate looking. It’s hanging next to one of the ornaments we made together two years ago.

Lynda's snowflake ornament

Lynda’s snowflake ornament

She also used one of the cutout snowflakes to make me a handmade Christmas card. She is one talented and artistic lady!

handmade Christmas card

handmade Christmas card

Our two new ornaments are hanging together on the little tree on our mantel. Who knew when I made that first ornament for us back in 2005 that before long our tree would be nearly full of them?

Christmas tree on mantel

Christmas tree on mantel

I hope you have enjoyed seeing our 2013 Christmas creations!

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