Handmade Milestone Ornaments

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The 10th is here! The best day of the month! With Christmas coming (HOORAY!!!), and trees sure to go up in just a couple of weeks, we were excited this month for the theme to be Handmade Ornaments.

There are so many fun & creative ornaments to choose from– felt, glitter, vintage goodness, bright & cheery, traditional, child-oriented, and more! You’re sure to find one that fits your tree theme–or a new theme you want to start! We’d love for you to pin the collage below, check out my Milestone Ornaments and then go see all of the other fabulous projects created by some of my blogger besties.

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Simply Kierste sharing Ruler Ornaments

‘Or So She Says…’ sharing Snow Globe Christmas Ornaments

Lolly Jane sharing DIY Spindle Ornaments

Your Homebased Mom sharing Pottery Barn Knock Off Glitter Letter

Eighteen25 sharing Felt Ornaments

Landeelu sharing Newsprint Ornaments

Little Miss Momma sharing School Picture Ornaments

Capturing Joy sharing Nativity Fabric Ornaments

Thirty Handmade Days sharing Bright & Cheery Christmas Ornaments

milestone ornamentsMerry Christmas sign from Barn Owl Primitives.

So I’ve had the intention of creating some cheesy handmade ornaments for a while now.  I remember how excited I would get as a little kid when it was time to unpack all my favorite sentimental ornaments and hang them on the tree. My favorites were the ones that were my Mom’s when she was little and the ones that I crafted at school.  I want to foster the same excitement with my boys, so I thought of the idea to create “Milestone Ornaments”–ornaments that are handmade every year with their school picture, the year and a list on the back of all their favorite things from that year. That way, as the years pass and we unpack our growing collection of ornaments we can all giggle over the cute pictures and funny nostalgic hashtags. Also, as the kiddos get older, they’ll be able to make their own photo ornaments which will add a whole new level of nostalgia–and we LOVE nostalgia.

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I would also like to point out that Wesley’s school photo cracks me up. It so perfectly captures his personality at this age.  He wants so badly to smile in this photo, but I can see him holding it in with every ounce of face muscle he has.  Stubborn little dude.

Here’s how I made the ornaments.

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Sawyer obviously doesn’t have a school photo yet, so we improvised.

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I applied a thin layer of mod podge to the heart and placed the photo on top.  Then I smoothed out and bubbles or wrinkles.

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Once the mod podge was dry, I distressed the edges with “fine” sandpaper.

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Then I painted the circle pieces that will later attach to the back of the heart.

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I used hot glue to secure a loop of twine on the circle ornament–then I glued the heart on top of the circle.

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And distressed the circle as well.

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And I used a paint pen to write their favorite things of 2013 as hashtags. I accidentally took this photo before I write the year 2013 on them, oops.


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    capturing joy with kristen duke
    November 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    I love picture ornaments, fun to document the years this way!

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    November 11, 2013 at 2:30 am

    really adorable ornaments. and the first thing I thought when I saw Wes’ picture was handsome, of course, but that twinkle in his eyes that said, oh you want me to smile well guess who is in control of that one. Love it !!!
    You are doing such a precious thing by doing this. that first Christmas away from home and having a box of memorable ornaments to put on a tree to compliment and begin their own traditions is worth so much.

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    November 11, 2013 at 4:46 am

    So cute. Thanks for sharing. God bless!

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    Lolly Jane
    November 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

    So cute to add what they’re into that year, love it, Ashley!

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    November 11, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Great idea!! I’m going to do this with my boys. Thanks!!!

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    Katie Albury
    November 11, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I love this! Such a cute idea…as a Nanny I think I will start creating something similar, the kids will love it!

    Katie x

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    Leigh Anne Wilkes
    November 11, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Love the idea of a milestone ornament. How fun it will be to look back at all of them years later!

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    November 12, 2013 at 6:01 am

    So cute! I just know the boys are gonna love decorating the tree as much as you did!
    Well.. you didn’t really like to decorate it, you just liked opening all the boxes of ornaments and listening to the Christmas music. 🙂

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    November 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Adorable! 🙂

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    November 16, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I look forward to these every month!

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    May 14, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    I love traditional collages and school picture ornaments! And when it’s a handmade school theme, it’s still more precious than ever. When kids grow up, their tastes are different, they choose a profession and the innocence of the childhood is gone, a person looks like an adult, with a firm career stage, principles, habits. And here’s why it’s important to make such school pictures, while they are still small.

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