Memory Christmas Ornaments DIY Style

Want to create Christmas ornaments that can become  “keepsakes”?

I posted about this way back but felt this might be worth repeating with so many new friends.

Please  excuse the photos and lighting. This was my old camera….at night.

The end.

First off….I am NOT rushing the season.

I am still “Embracing it”. ; )

This idea just might take some time and I wanted to give you a heads up.

Every year for my mothers birthday, in addition to her gift, we make a special ornament.

Not just a Christmas ornament but a “Memory” Christmas ornament.

Each ornament represents a “special” memory from our childhood.

My mother instilled in me a love of reading.

I took my favorite “mystery” books, that I know she painstakingly collected at yard and thrift sales, color copied them at 1/8 the size…wrapped them around a piece of Styrofoam of some kind and……


She knew immediately what I was telling her.

She took the time to create this memory for me.

Can you guess this one?

I had long blond hair. I loved when my mother would curl it in pink curlers, which was almost every night.
I had six brothers and sisters.
This was no easy task.

But she did it….and a memory was made.

Here is a peek into our “Memory Tree” with our home-made Christmas ornaments.

If the story wasn’t evident….it is printed on the ornament, or in the case above, wrapped around it.

I remember a dress that I had, that I know was a sacrifice to buy.

It had bells under the ruffles and I LOVED the “jingle” of those bells. I loved the attention it brought.

Imagine that…….me loving attention.

It’s my mothers fault.

You’re welcome.

Little bells…….a memory.

We started this years ago and it has become a tradition.

The tree is now full of not just ornaments but memories.

Our children get to hear the stories and they bring the Christmas ornaments out, asking for the story to be repeated.

A “Memory Tree” with Christmas ornaments that have meaning.

Can you think of someone who would love a Christmas ornament like this?

What memory pops up first pertaining to that person?

That would be the perfect one to use.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!



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0 thoughts on “Memory Christmas Ornaments DIY Style

  • November 8, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Love that idea. You were very creative making the orniments 🙂

  • November 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    That is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time. My husbands family would adore this. Thanks for the idea. Mine would too but my dad is on this tinsel tree kick with the fiber optic lights so they don’t put decorations on it. Don’t ask. LOL

  • November 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    great post and idea! we have lots of special ornaments on our tree with history and stories. my mom started handing down the ornaments from our childhood several years ago so we could pass the stories on to our kids. she also gives all her grandkids an ornament each year so when they are grown and have their own trees they can have a set of ornaments.

  • November 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Saw you on House of Hepworths. This is the coolest idea! Love it!

  • November 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!! Ornaments that have meaning make the tree so much more special!! I love that it’s a family endeavor!! 🙂

  • November 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I have kept many items over the years that we now use as Memory Ornaments to adorn a Tree at Christmastime when we want to go the Nostalgic Route for our Christmas Decorating Theme… they do make some of the most interesting and conversation-starter Trees because there are so many Stories and Memories to go with the Decorations. Our Grown Children are often amazed that some of their Creations still often adorn the Tree… brings back a lot of fond Memories for us all.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian

  • November 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I, too, read all the Nancy Drew (and Hardy Boys) books as a kid. And my little brother had the big yellow Tonka truck. Definitely brings backs memories. Such a great idea to make a memory tree. Thanks so much for sharing =)

  • November 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    We have various ornaments on our tree with history and stories. My mother started handing down the ornaments from our childhood several years ago so we could pass the stories on to our kids.

  • February 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Last Christmas my best friend gave me a really nice wooden Christmas ornament. It had my name and a picture of a reindeer engraved on it. It was super cool and I found out that a firm out in Colorado called Unique Custom Products made it. I am considering ordering from them this year…check them out if you like wooden item


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