Friday, December 10, 2010

Simplicity in Decorating: A Homemade Ornament

Here is an idea of a simple ornament that you can make for yourself and your children. In this day of digital pictures, it is easy to go back several years in order to "make up" the pictures for this project. 

Get a picture of each child alone (preferably) near your tree or other Christmas traditional item in your home (for us it is the tree and snowman) where you can measure their growth.  In your picture editing program or with stickers after having them printed, add the year at the bottom of each photo (in Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, I changed the opacity to 65% to soften the look of the numbers on the photo). 

Print out 2 pictures of each child (this will give you a set of two ornaments).   Adhere a pretty Christmas patterned paper.  Use a corner rounder to soften the edges.  Make a hole and insert an eyelet.  Thread with a ribbon and hang. 

By making two ornaments you can have one for your tree and save one to give to your child when he/she grows up and moves into their own home.  What a gift for them to receive a set of homemade ornaments documenting their growth each year!

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