5 Creative Ideas for Personalized Christmas Ornaments

5 Creative Ideas for Personalized Christmas Ornaments

At this point in the season, you may have already created one or two beautiful personalized Christmas ornaments with Forever Artisan (if not, check out our awesome tutorial video on the subject). But for those of you looking for some inspiration, we've put together a list of five creative ideas for brightening your holiday - or someone else’s - with personalized Christmas ornaments:

Annual Family Holiday Picture

annual family holiday photo
annual family holiday photo

If you’re anything like me, then putting up and decorating the Christmas tree is a family affair. Every November, dad and I haul the plastic one from the attic or (if we feel ambitious) choose a hefty evergreen from a nearby lot. Together, we set it up in the corner of the living room. From there, the entire family takes turns hanging their favorite ornaments. Mom, of course, strings the tinsel, because no one else can be trusted not to make a mess. The lightest among us sits on dad’s shoulders to hang the star. And the most flexible person in the family periodically stretches out underneath the tree – careful not to destroy the model train - to water it.

The best Christmas ornaments remind us of this time spent together during the holidays. So this year, why not use a family holiday picture to create a Christmas ornament that does exactly that?

Right after Thanksgiving dinner, you can take a fun holiday picture. Ask someone to wear an elf hat, or hold a present out in front of them and pretend they're shaking it. Someone else can press their ear against the chimney, and listen for Santa. If you create your ornament in Artisan and place your print order before the print deadline (outlined here), you’ll have a wonderful personalized Christmas ornament to hang on your tree by the time the big guy arrives in December. Try to do this each year, and arrange these ornaments from the bottom of the tree to the top, from oldest to newest – so that it creates a holiday family growth chart.

Gift Tag

I’m awful at wrapping presents. Each of my wrapped gifts looks like it fell down a flight of stairs. To distract from the mess of crumpled corners and ripped paper, I always write clever gift tags.

This year, I have an even better idea. With Forever Artisan, you can create and print a personalized Christmas ornament that doubles as a gift tag. In Artisan, place an image of your loved one and yourself on the front, and a custom message on the back. It’s sweeter, more personal than a paper tag, and it’s two gifts in one. This is a great idea for the most important people in your life. And the best part? Next year, the two of you will be adorned on your loved one's tree!

Luggage I.D.

Here’s an idea for the busy traveler in your life. Create and print a personalized Christmas ornament with Artisan that doubles as luggage identification. Flat, durable, and aluminum, these ornaments are built to weather cross-country journeys and the indifferent manipulations of airport personnel. I recommend using a photo of the gift recipient that shows him or her having a great time on vacation (see above for inspiration).

Vacation Reminder

Remember your family summer vacations this Christmas. Rather than pushing pins into a map, celebrate your life’s journeys in a richer way: turn your summer travels into Christmas decorations. Create a personalized Christmas ornament with the trip’s best picture on one side, and the year and location on the other. It’s an annual reminder of all the lovely (and hopefully warm!) places you’ve been, and a wonderful excuse to book the next trip a few months in advance.

Children’s Artwork

At this stage of the school year, your child or grandchild or nephew is starting to bring home seasonal artwork worthy of display on the fridge. Don’t let those crayon snowmen disappear in the trash in February when you have to make room for Valentines creations. If you’re fortunate enough to have a large scanner at home, scan their art, and turn it into a wonderful Christmas ornament. If not, Forever’s family of memory-keeping services is uniquely positioned to make this idea a reality. Order one of our conversion services boxes, and in no time your child’s art (along with any other precious memories you choose to send our way) will be saved in your Forever account. Then, simply open your newly-preserved artwork in Artisan, and you’ve got yourself a personalized Christmas ornament project! In fact, if you purchase a Forever Basic Box by November 20th, you'll get an extra 100 photos scanned for FREE. It's one of our many holiday gifts to you this season.

Whether you use one of these creative ideas or have another idea of your own, making personalized Christmas ornaments with Forever Artisan is a great way to share memories with friends and family. Why not make some today?

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