It’s the time of year when gift giving and tree trimming becomes the focus of our lives. Okay so maybe most of you wait for the tree trimming until after Thanksgiving, but not me. I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the tree that much if I did that. It was time for me to get focused on it last weekend in as much that I was at least starting to make ornaments. Our tree this year is going to be hot pink and lime, which was pretty close to being on my list for wedding colors. Note about wedding colors, you shouldn’t go too trendy, but we’ll get into that with another post. For today, we’re focused on home made ornaments and great activities to do with the kids!
Personalized and handmade ornaments always surrounded my tree as a child so this year I wanted to carry on the tradition, but I also wanted to fit into my theme or at least my color scheme so I knew that a little craft time was in order. I bought this porcelain ornament from Michael’s, and I had Love help me to tape it around. It was more difficult than I thought to get a straight line around the center of a circle. I’m still not sure it was straight, but I’m also convinced that painters tape just love to have bleed through in each and every spot possible so it’s hard to tell. I keep meaning to try Frog Tape since so many bloggers are raving about it, but I also feel obligated to use up all that we have before breaking into something new.
Back to the ornament though. I bought 3 paint pens from Sharpie: hot pink, lime, and black. I knew exactly what I had in mind when I went to the store so the colors were obvious. I wanted to have a clear distinction between the two sides of the globe so the painters tape came in handy for helping with that aspect.
As you can see I painted the top half pink and the bottom half lime green with the Sharpies. I painted with the Sharpie pens, because you can bake them on for long lasting effect. You’ll need to bake to ornament at 400 degrees for 10minutes. I’m getting pretty proficient with them too considering last year I wrote the lyrics to a Taylor Swift song on a plate for my roommate, and she loved it. The easiest and best way to make your friends happy is to give them something from the heart after all.
As most of you can tell from the blog, I live in a multi faith household, and so I try to keep things as balanced as possible. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays though so I wanted to throw a little something on the tree that reminded me of being a kid and celebrating the holiday so I painted the words “Joy to the World” on the ornament as a throwback to one of the best Christmas Carols, and it also serves to remind me that we should all try and bring a little bit of joy to the world all the time and not just at Christmas. We all get more than a little busy, but it wouldn’t hurt any of us to remember to smile at someone who may be having a rough day or to remember to hold the elevator for someone we see coming rather than letting it shut. This is the time of year when these little moments are celebrated most, but I know we can all do it every day. We can spread love, joy, and positivity! Let’s all pledge to do better next year.
What was your favorite Christmas tree ornament as a kid?