Yesterday I posted a DIY for adorable reindeer wood slice ornaments, today I wanted to share more about my Christmas Card and Ornament Tradition. In 2015 I started sending out a DIY ornament that coordinates with our Christmas Card, it was a big hit and I loved it so much I have continued it each year since. Below are my tips for a successful card and ornament pairing, as well as, a look at our past Christmas cards and themes.
Tips for a Successful Card and Ornament Pairing
- Choose an overall theme.
- Find a way to tie in the theme to both the ornament and card. For example, choose a reindeer card and make a reindeer ornament. A subtler choice would be opting for a color scheme or pattern to carry throughout.
- Find small ways to incorporate your theme elsewhere. For example, last year I repurposed gift tag labels that looked like tiny envelopes and seals to close the envelopes of my Dear Santa themed Christmas cards.
- Be mindful of shipping costs! They can add up quickly, you will also spend a lot of time crafting the ornaments, so most often the card and ornament are the recipients Christmas gift too.
- Choose durable or flat materials for the ornament. A glass bulb is going to be difficult to ship and might end up breaking during transit. I opt for durable materials like wood and acrylic. For the reindeer wood slice ornaments only a couple arrived with the antler detached, but none were broken. For the acrylic ornaments, in the past I sent them inside of the cards and added an extra stamp. This year I am sending the acrylic ornaments I created in small jewelry boxes for a bit more stability.
- By far the most important tip is don’t let this stress you out or add another impossible to complete item to your to do list. Sometimes it is easier to buy an ornament than it is to make one. Last year when searching for Dear Santa ornament inspiration I spotted felt envelope gift card holders and they were perfect! I loved them and was going to make an ornament inspired by them, but soon realized that actually purchasing the ornaments was cheaper than if I were to DIY them.
2015 | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
I ordered our cards from Tiny Prints this year. We opted for a card without a photo, it was actually a Christmas party invitation that I edited into a Christmas card. I made wood slice reindeer ornaments and used Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer themed stamps.
2016 | Snow Hat
I spotted these Sugar Paper for Target Snow Hat Cards after Christmas the previous year and loved them! I am obsessed with all things Sugar Paper, especially their Holiday Collection. I loved the velum envelopes and polka dot details. The snow hat inspired the acrylic disk ornament (not pictured) which I created with the help of my Cricut.
2017 | Dear Santa
I had adopted my doodle, Olive, just before Thanksgiving in 2016, we didn’t have enough time to get a photo for our card of the two of us that year, so in 2017 we went all out! Our Christmas card photo depicted Olive and I mailing a letter to Santa next to a giant mailbox we found a post office in Burke, Virginia. It made the entire card more whimsical and a lot of people wanted to know where the giant mailbox was. I ordered this year’s card from Vistaprint and upgrade the paper weight for a more substantial card. As for the ornament, as I mentioned above I did not DIY these, they were a felt envelope addressed to Santa with a letter from Olive inside with her Christmas wishes.
2018 | Buffalo Plaid
This year I adopted another doodle, Captain Parm, whose rambunctious spirit definitely made Christmas card photos a bit more challenging. However, Moby the Dog Photography did a wonderful job and we got several Christmas Card worthy shots! The one above didn’t make the cut for this year’s card because we can’t leave out our little buddy Captain Parm, but how cute does Olive look in her Land’s End vest?!
For this year’s theme I choose a pattern…buffalo plaid! I found a great scarf from Target and ordered the dogs custom personalized bandanas from our favorite bandana lady, Carol! The ornaments are hand painted with a buffalo plaid pattern and they turned out so good! I can’t wait to show you everything, but our cards don’t arrive until next week. Stay tuned for our 2018 Christmas Card and Ornament reveal coming later this month!