Tuesday, December 10

Homemade Ornaments

Every year we make a little homemade ornament with the date stamped on the back.  It's a little tradition Hope looks forward to, and Poesy is starting to catch on.  Last year we painted store-bought ornaments, and the year before that we made little little vintage-inspired ice skates.  This year we busted out the Sculpey and baked our own!

Our theme was "favorite treats".  Hope went with ice cream, I made a little donut, and I helped Poesy make a sucker.  Once I finished helping Poe with hers, I just let her have a chunk of clay to do whatever with.  We baked the 3 ornaments, but I also threw in her "snake" that she kept making and breaking.  :)

I used wire for hooks and inserted them before we baked.  They stayed put nicely.  We let the ornaments cool for the rest of the day and painted them in the evening.

This is one of my very favorite traditions we have.  If you don't have Sculpey on hand, you can use this recipe:
4 cups flour // 1 cup of salt // 1 1/2 cups warm water mixture
Bake at 325

Do you have any favorite holiday traditions?  We probably have too many.  (Just kidding.  You can never have too many!)

For more ornament DIYs, click right here.


  1. I absolutely love that idea! I can't wait for my little guy to be big enough to start doing some traditions with him! First child syndrome.. haha


  2. what a great tradition! your girls are so adorable!



  3. Im gonna have to try to flour ones with my little guy! How long do you bake them for? And what kind of paint do you use?

  4. I loved making homemade ornaments growing up. I can't wait to start that tradition when I have my own kiddos. Also, I love that red hat!



  5. What a fun holiday tradition! I don't have any kids, but my boyfriend and I just bought our first live tree together. We don't have any of the ornaments from our families yet, but I thought it'd be fun to make our own each year. This post gave me some great ideas!


    P.S. Hope looks so grown up in the picture at the table!

  6. This is such a great idea, and the end result is just wonderful! x


  7. Such a cute idea, love it! My Mum still has some Christmassy things I made as a child, my proudest being a snowman candle holder!

  8. Those are some yummy looking ornaments. I think I'm going to try this today. :) Great tradition.

  9. Really cute! I realize now that I got the idea for the ice skate ornaments from you - they're my favorite! I always squeal when I get them out of the ornament box :) Anyway, who knew I'd been reading your blog for over 2 years? Time flies.

  10. My sister and I would make tiny food for our dolls using a recipe like this. We loved doing it. What a fun project.


  11. These are so sweet and such a good idea! -Hanna Lei

  12. Oh my, so cute! This my husband and I's first Christmas as a married couple. I was planning on buying an ornament to commemorate it, but now I think we will make one.


  13. Aww this is so cute. Love Hope's ice cream :)

  14. Such a lovely tradition with your kiddos! And its true - you can never have too many holiday traditions. :)

  15. what an amazing tradition. i love all of the photos so much.

  16. Will they go bad? Or can I put them away?

  17. What a wonderful spin on the new ornament a year tradition a lot of people have. I love the ways you make things special for your girls!

  18. Hello! I'm newly following you via BL :)

    These are so pretty! Lovely tradition and beautiful kids!

    Leanne *hugs*!!

  19. My hubby and I decided to buy a real house plant this year as our Christmas tree and these homemade ornaments would look soo cute on it! Maybe make a few shaped like puppy paws would be cute for our dogs <3 xoxo

  20. This is such a sweet tradition! I love the ornaments that you all came up with!

    Ladyface Blog

  21. Those ornaments are gorgeous!! And Hope looks absolutely adorable with that headband!

    - Kathleen :)

  22. This is such a nice idea - especially for the kids to look back on as they grow older! I'd love to start a new tradition like this. I'm just curious as to how long you bake it for (using the flour method) and what you painted them with? Thanks!
    Have a lovely rest of the week! :)