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DIY Save-the-date Christmas Ornament

Shh. Don’t show this to my cousin. It’s a surprise.

My cousin is getting married! I’m so excited to be co-matron-of-honor in her wedding! I wanted to turn her adorable save-the-date into a memorable keepsake for her.

This was a huge risk for me, I LOVE saving cards and didn’t want to ruin this one. If you’ve ever sent me a picture montage on a card, it’s in a box somewhere. If you’ve ever written a nice message in a card, it’s in a box somewhere. Luckily, my mom offered me her copy so I could save one in the box. (Thanks, mom!)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • The save-the-date
  • A wooden letter for their last name or a rectangle piece if their card can’t easily be cut into small pieces for the letter
  • Scrapbook paper of choice
  • Decorative string
  • Mod Podge
  • Silver paint or paint in color of choice (optional)
Funny story: When I was done, and I showed the ornament to both my husband and my mom. Both of them asked what the “B” was for as if I chose “B” for BRIANA. Yes, guys, I chose to put all this effort into a cute ornament, but I wanted to make sure they wouldn’t forget me. The “B” is in fact for Briana. C’MON NOW. The “B” is for his last name! DUH.

STEP 1: WORK ON THE LETTER

First, drill a hole where you want to hang the letter from. Make sure you can match the scrapbook paper to the hole, but I’ll bring that up again later.

This step is sort of unnecessary, I painted the whole letter when I really only needed to paint the sides. I chose silver paint to match the shiny scrap book paper I chose. Make sure you at least paint the sides, but if you want to be extra careful, it doesn’t hurt to paint the whole letter.

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STEP 2: PLAN AROUND THE LETTER

I cut out the scrapbook paper into two “B” shapes so I could cover the whole letter. An x-acto knife works best, and make sure you line up that hole that you drilled for the letter.
Next, I cut out the pictures from the card, and planned where I could get them to fit best on the “B”.

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STEP 3: MOD PODGE EVERYTHING

Once I had cut the all the pieces to fit, I glued them on with the Mod Podge. First, I glued the two “B” shapes onto the wooden letter. Once that dried, I applied the picture pieces with Mod Podge. Lastly, I used a third layer of Mod Podge to seal the whole thing.

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FINAL RESULT

I really hope she likes it! I can’t wait to show it to her.

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Have you turned a card or a picture into an ornament? Let me know!

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