7 Personalized Ornament Ideas to Capture Life’s Meaningful Moments

7 Personalized Ornaments

Ornaments are a great way to capture and remember some of the best things in life: from weddings, new babies, and graduations, to memorable vacations and beloved pets. As the Christmas season comes, reflect on your loved ones and take some time to relive your most cherished memories and accomplishments. What better way to do so than to adorn your Christmas tree with ornaments that have a personal touch? Here are some ideas for personalized ornaments to commemorate the best people, pets, and moments in your life.

Anniversary Ornament

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This takes some planning ahead but it is a fun way to remember your very best friend. Celebrate the years you’ve spent together by taking a photo on every anniversary and using it to make a personalized Christmas ornament. Eventually, you’ll amass a collection of beautifully captured memories to hang on the tree. You can also collect memorabilia to create the custom ornament detailed below.

Making an Anniversary Ornament

You will need:

  • Little reminders of events you’ve experienced together in the previous year
    • Example: Love notes, tickets from a favorite play or concert you attended together, a small photo of your new baby, etc.
  • A transparent globe ornament that can be easily filled
    • Size may vary depending on preference and the size of the items you wish to include in your ornament
    • Here is an option for a larger ornament
    • Smaller ornaments are easy to find. Here’s a good place to start.
  • A small anniversary photo

Step 1: Gather all the items you’ve collected. Trim each down if necessary. You may need to shrink photographs so they fit.

Step 2: Place each of the items loosely inside the globe.

Step 3: With paint or a colored permanent marker, write your name and the name of your spouse, along with your anniversary date, on the ornament’s exterior. You can also write the number of years you are celebrating.

Step 4: Seal the ornament properly. Some types can be easily snapped together, while other ornaments are closed simply by replacing the top. Next, carefully string twine through the hole at the top and tie a square knot to create a loop from which to hang your ornament. The length is a matter of personal preference. Create a new anniversary ornament each year.

Birthday Ornament

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Celebrate your family members’ birthdays by taking a picture of them and creating a simple ornament. If one of your children is having a birthday party, you may request each guest to make one with a special greeting. Craft your personalized birthday ornament by following the directions below:

Making a Birthday Ornament

You will need:

  • A photo of the birthday celebrant
  • Mementos from the birthday, including candles and birthday-themed knick knacks
  • A large transparent globe ornament that can be easily filled

Step 1: Gather the photo and the mementos

Step 2: Ensure they are the right size to fit inside of the ornament

Step 3: Position each of the items inside the ornament

Step 4: On the outside of the ornament, write the name of the child and the birthday they’re celebrating. Ex: “Jane’s 4th Birthday.”

Step 5: Consider making a new birthday ornament each year.

Wedding Ornament

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Reminisce one of the best days of your life with a customized wedding ornament. Create one with your wedding photos or other mementos from your special day. If you or a loved one are getting married soon, you may ask guests to make a personalized ornament so that each Christmas, the couple can remember all those who witnessed their union as husband and wife. Make your wedding ornament extra memorable by using your wedding invite as the decorative accent inside.

Making a Wedding Ornament with your Wedding Invite

You will need:

  • Your wedding invitation
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • A large transparent globe ornament

Step 1: Cut your wedding invitation into strips about one-fourth inch wide. Try to capture key details like your names, the date of the wedding, etc.

Step 2: Wrap each strip tightly around a pen and hold for several seconds until it holds its shape

Step 3. Remove the cap and place each curled slip of paper inside the transparent globe ornament

Step 4: Replace the cap and hang the ornament on the tree.

Baby Ornament

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Welcoming the arrival of a new baby is a precious memory we’d want to relive. Preserve the first tender moments of life of each of your children or grandchildren by making custom Christmas ornaments with photographs and small baby accessories like bracelets and socks.

Making a Baby Ornament

You will need:

  • Small reminders of when the baby just arrived

Examples:

  • Scraps of baby clothes
  • Their hospital bracelet
  • Little baby socks
  • Bracelets
  • The cap they received at birth
  • Piece of their first baby blanket
  • A large transparent globe ornament

Step 1: Gather the items

Step 2: Ensure they are the right size to fit inside the ornament

Step 3: Position each of the items inside the ornament

Step 4: On the outside, write the name of the child and the birth date

Step 5: Consider creating an ornament for each child or grandchild

You can make something simpler by decorating an opaque globe ornament with the baby’s name, birth date and time, weight, and length. Another option is to paint the baby’s hand and create a handprint on a small tree cookie or wood slice. Drill a small hole and string twine through it before hanging it on your tree.

Graduation Ornament

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Remember how proud you were when you or a loved one graduated? Save mementos and create some truly unique Christmas ornaments with your tassel or other graduation items you’ve saved. Hang them inside a transparent globe ornament, which makes a unique addition to your collection of other customized memorabilia.

How to make a Graduation Ornament

You will need:

  • Your graduation tassel
  • Any special sorority or honor pins
  • A transparent globe ornament

Step 1: Remove the cap of the globe ornament

Step 2: Insert pins (if any)

Step 3: Insert the tassel

Step 4: Before replacing the cap of the ornament, poke a small hole in it

Step 5: String the top of the tassel through the hole in the ornament cap

Step 6: Replace the ornament cap and ensure it fits snugly

Step 7: Hang the ornament from the tree using the string from the top of the tassel

Pet Ornament

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Photo courtesy of 365 Designs

Give your most cherished pets a place on the tree with some fun and festive custom ornaments. Capture a paw print in salt dough to make a memorable, decorative piece.

Making a Pet Ornament 

You will need:

  • Your pet
  • Some salt dough
  • An oven to bake the dough
  • Twine or ribbon

Step 1: Make the salt dough by mixing 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1 cup of room temperature water. Preheat the oven to 250°.

Step 2: Flatten the dough

Step 3: Press your pet’s foot into the dough

Step 4: Repeat if necessary until you get the print you want

Step 5: Use a Mason jar lid to form a circle around the paw print. Remove the excess dough.

Step 6: Bake the paw print for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Check periodically to ensure even cooking.

Commemorate your deceased pet(s) by placing saved tags or collars inside a transparent globe ornament – a unique way to remember them every Christmas season.

Traditional Ornament

traditional ornament
Silent Night Angel Tree Topper from Tree Classics

Complement your personalized trinkets with a set of cheerful Christmas tree ornaments. When it comes to the holidays, there are several unique Christmas ornaments to choose from. Select from a variety of options such as a beautiful finial set or simple traditional holiday ornaments. You may also add Santa and snowmen ornaments for a youthful touch. Lastly, don’t forget to top the tree with a beautiful star or angel to honor the true meaning of Christmas.

Whether it’s a personalized ornament or a traditional one you’d pick for your tree, each piece is unique and reminds you of a special occasion you hold dear. Have any other ornament ideas? Chime in the comments section below!