My husband is a die hard “Real Tree Person.” Even the mention of a fake tree in our house is sure to muster up eye rolls and protesting. The first year we were married, I was so excited to pick out a tree. We headed to a tree farm, tied that baby up and threw it in the back of the Jeep with the top down…this is the South after all. We drove it home and our dog peed on it immediately. I mean, it IS a tree I guess. We strung it up with lights and hung up our four ornaments, leaving quite a few empty branches. We loved it anyway. This will be the fourth Christmas Tyler and I have spent together, and our tree this year is the prettiest to date. With that being said, our top lights just stopped working and Luna is trying to eat the fake berries off of it. I guess you can’t win them all, but no one has peed on it and we have added a few ornaments to our collection. I would call that success!
My favorite ornament that we have added to our collection is one that displays our wedding invitation. I made one of these for my sister last year, when she was a newlywed with an empty tree. If you are looking for a thoughtful handmade Christmas gift for a friend with an empty tree, read on!
- Keepsake (wedding invite, engagement or birth announcement)
- Clear Glass Ornament
- Scissors (or a paper cutter works even better!)
- Decorative ribbon (optional)
Cut your keepsake into strips. I used a ruler and pencil to make sure I cut my lines straight. Be sure to make cuts where you can see most of wording. For example, on my invitation, I made sure you could read our names, where the wedding was, the date, our parents names, etc. You do not need to save the strips that are mostly empty. They will just block your view of the important stuff once you put them in our ornament. IMPORTANT: Make sure you cut the strips thin enough to fit through the top of the ornament!
Twist the strips around the end of your pencil to make them curly.
Carefully open your glass ornament and slip the paper strips through the opening. Use the end of a pencil or paint brush to push them around into the position that you like. Secure the top back together and tie a decorative ribbon to the top!
There ya have it folks! Super easy and thoughtful gift for a newlywed or new mommy on your list! If you tackle this cute little project, send me a pic or tag me on your IG, I would love to see it!