I’m sure at least some of you are in the same “Christmas crunch” that I’m in, and it happens every year. I have to come up with small (but awesome!) gifts for everyone–friends, neighbors, the girl who makes my hair blonde, Sunday school teachers, hostesses, classmates…the list goes on and on.
One of the best ways to accomplish this task without breaking the holiday budget is to make DIY monogrammed ornaments for everyone on the list. I purchased all of my supplies on sale at the craft store and each ornament comes out to about $2 apiece–but I promise that they look much more high-end than that! You will be adding just a bit of “sweat equity” to make them amazing.
Start with round glass ornaments in a variety of colors. You know that it’s going to be good when the “before” picture looks this nice, right?!
I also picked up a few packs of alphabet stickers in the scrapbook aisle, in glittery silver and gold, and matte black. There are literally dozens of choices down that aisle–just ask my daughter, who sat there patiently FOREVER while I looked at each of them!
I bought one new roll of ribbon, but I already had a plastic bin full of ribbon scraps from various projects and gifts, and just sorted through to find ones that worked with the ornaments I had chosen.
It was so much fun to match the colors to the personalities of the different recipients!
The round gold monogram is actually one that I cut using my Silhouette…I love the hot pink and gold together!
You can just use a single initial for the first or last name if you like that look better, but my favorite monogram style using the scrapbook stickers was a large initial in the center for the last name, flanked by lowercase initials on the left and right. Most of the sticker packs come with punctuation stickers, so the dots are just periods or the bottoms of exclamation points and question marks.
I added a peacock feather to this one. Other cute add-ons could be plastic snowflakes, berries, or small pinecones.
If you don’t know the color preferences of the person you’re making the ornament for, I think that white is always a safe bet!
While you can make the ribbon long enough to fashion a loop with it to hang on the tree, I usually just make a bow and then add a fancy hanger. They sell some really darling ones at the craft store–silver, gold, curly, bedazzled…the possibilities really are endless.
The last step is to put them in a gift bag and deliver them–that’s always the best part! And when they’re this inexpensive and easy, you can make an entire treeful of them for yourself, too!
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I hope your holiday is merry and bright–