[VIDEO] 7 Personalized Ornament Ideas to Capture Life’s Meaningful Moments


Ornaments are a great way to 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, take some time to relive your most cherished memories. What better way to do so than to decorate your Christmas tree with ornaments that have a special touch?

Personalized ornaments are the perfect accessories for your Christmas tree, and they also make for great Christmas gifts. Here are some ideas for personalized ornaments to commemorate the best people, pets, and moments in your life. 

Anniversary-Themed Christmas Ornaments

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Photo courtesy of Jen Lutz and Rachel Cuthbert

This takes some planning ahead but it is a fun way to remember your partner. Celebrate the years you’ve shared 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 a Personalized Anniversary Ornament

materials for personalized ornaments
Photo courtesy of Jen Lutz and Rachel Cuthbert

You’ll 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
making a personalized ornament for anniversary
Photo courtesy of Jen Lutz and Rachel Cuthbert

Step 1: Gather all the items you’ve collected, and trim them down if necessary. You may need to shrink photos so they fit your globe.

Step 2: Place each item 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’re celebrating to differentiate your ornaments.

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. 

Step 5: Create a new anniversary ornament each year.

Birthday-Themed Christmas Ornaments

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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 party, you may request each guest to make one with a special greeting. Here’s how to craft your personalized birthday ornament:

Making a Personalized Birthday Ornament

You’ll need:

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

Step 1: Gather the photo and the mementos.

Step 2: Ensure they fit inside your ornament.

Step 3: Position each item inside the ornament.

Step 4: On the outside of the ornament, write the name of your child and the birthday he/she is celebrating. For example, “Jane’s 4th Birthday.”

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

Wedding-Themed Christmas Ornaments

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Create a customized wedding ornament with photos and other mementos from your special day. You can even ask guests to make a their own ornaments for your Christmas tree. For an extra memorable touch, use your wedding invite as the decorative accent inside.

Making a Personalized Wedding Ornament with Your Wedding Invite

You’ll 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-Themed Christmas Ornaments

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Photo courtesy of Thrifty Crafty Girl

Preserve the first tender moments of your children or grandchildren with custom Christmas ornaments showcasing photos and small baby accessories.

Making a Personalized Baby Ornament

You’ll need:

  • Small reminders of your baby’s first days, such as:
    • Scraps of baby clothes
    • Their hospital bracelet
    • Little baby socks
    • Bracelets
    • The cap they received at birth
    • A piece of their first baby blanket
  • A large transparent globe ornament

Step 1: Gather the items.

Step 2: Ensure they fit inside your ornament.

Step 3: Position each item inside the ornament.

Step 4: On the outside, write your child’s name and birth date.

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

For a simpler project, decorate an opaque globe ornament with your baby’s name, birth date and time, weight, and length. You can also paint your baby’s hand and create a handprint on a miniature tree cookie or wood slice. Drill a small hole and string twine through it, then hang it on your tree.

Graduation-Themed Christmas Ornaments

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Photo courtesy of Sew Many Ways

Remember how proud you were when you or your loved one graduated? Save mementos and create some truly unique Christmas ornaments with your tassel or other graduation items.

How to make a Personalized Graduation Ornament

You’ll 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 cap and ensure it fits snugly.

Step 7: Hang the ornament on your tree using the tassel string.

Pet-Themed Christmas Ornaments

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Photo courtesy of 365 Designs

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

Making a Personalized Pet Ornament

You’ll 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 regularly to ensure even cooking.

Commemorate pets who have passed on by placing their tags or collars inside a transparent globe ornament—a unique way to remember them every Christmas season.

Traditional Ornament

traditional ornament
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Complement your personalized ornaments with store-bought Christmas tree ornaments. Choose from a variety of options, such as a classic red-and-green set, elegant silver and gold, or a rustic woodland-themed collection. 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, each piece is unique and holds a special meaning. To find out more about decorating with ornaments, read this blog post.

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2 thoughts on “[VIDEO] 7 Personalized Ornament Ideas to Capture Life’s Meaningful Moments”

    1. Hi, Sharee!

      We think a personalized ornament would be a nice way to remember our loved ones who’ve passed away—and to include them in our holiday gatherings as well. Thanks for dropping by!

      Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas!

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