Sunday, July 26, 2015

DIY Beach Vacation Memory Ornament

Once a week this month, I am celebrating Christmas in July by posting a Christmas project. 

Last year, my family spent a week in Panama City Beach, Florida so I collected some sand and a tiny shell from the beach and used it to make this Christmas ornament to commemorate our trip.

We have a tradition of buying or making an ornament when we take a family trip, as I mentioned in a recent post. I love filling our tree with memories.

This is actually made with a tiny glass bottle-here it is n my hand for perspective. It's about 2.5 inches tall.

This ornament is pretty simple to make. Here's what you need:
  • Sand and a tiny shell
  • Small glass bottle (Mine came from the Tim Holtz Corked Vials pack, which can be found in the scrapbooking section of most craft stores)
  • Vellum paper
  • Printer
  • Jewlery Eye Pin
  • Ribbon or Twine
  • Hot Glue
To print the picture, I sized it in Microsoft Publisher to the dimensions of the bottle and printed it onto vellum paper. It's ok if it is slightly bigger than the width because you will have to fold the sides in to put it in, but you do not want it to be too much wider or else it won't display correctly. 

It's key to use vellum paper because your image will not only show up inside the glass, but the mirror image will also show up on the outside, making the photo easy to see no matter how the ornament lies. (Below is the image of the outside of the ornament with the mirror image).

 To insert the vellum, cut the picture to size and fold the sides in slightly-only enough to fit the paper tightly into the bottle. If the sides roll in too much, you can stick a small tool, like a pencil, into the bottle to help straighten it out.

After I placed the photo inside, I put a little sand on the bottom and then put the tiny shell on top. To make the hook, I stuck the eye pin through the cork and then used jewelry tweezers to fold the bottom back up into the cork to keep it in place. Then, I put a little hot glue around the bottom of the cork and placed it in the bottle. That will keep the ornament from popping open. Last, I tied a simple piece of twine for hanging.

I also made a tiny label with the date and place we visited and glued it to the bottom of the bottle.

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1 comment:

  1. Such a cute project, memory ornaments are the best especially handmade!


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