turn an invitation into a keepsake ornament {craft}

by amy on 1 December 2011

welcome to my new favorite craft — turning an invitation into a keepsake ornament. i stumbled across this craft over at pinterest + knew that it would be a great use for one of the leftover invitations from our surprise wedding. (you can find me here on pinterest if you want to follow me).

so, i picked up a four-pack of clear glass bulb ornaments + a bit of ivory ribbon at michael’s, then headed home. i cut our invitation into roughly 1/4” strips, wrapped each strip around a pencil to give it that pretty curl, then dropped it into the glass ornament. when the bulb was filled, i used tweezers to spin a few of the curls around so key words showed – nashville, love, friends, family, 2011 + our names, for example. i was absolutely floored with the gorgeous + chic result (pictured below).

i immediately wanted to make another, + luckily, my friend heather had married a couple months before + i had saved her save-the-date, wedding invitation + wedding program in the hopes of making her something special. so, i made her two ornaments – one (pictured above) uses parts of both her wedding program + her wedding invitation. since her + her husband’s faith was a huge part of their ceremony, i highlighted a lot of faith-related words in her ornament, as well as traditional words like bride, groom, ceremony, etc. again, it turned out amazing!

i also made her one with their fab save-the-dates, which had lovely red, blue, + golden tones. i didn’t have time to get a picture because i hurried to leave these as a surprise delivery yesterday, so she could see them in person before she saw them posted here. trust me, it turned out just perfect!

so, if you’re looking for a great use for that invitation or announcement you’ve been hanging on to, look no further. i promise you that the results are absolutely charming + make a great keepsake!

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1 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee December 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

so clever and pretty!! I love it. Great idea:)

2 amy December 1, 2011 at 12:13 pm

thanks so much, steph! i wish i was clever enough to have come up with this by myself, but alas, i have pinterest to thank for ‘em. =)

3 Jessica @ Cajunlicious December 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

amy, those are so beautiful and a great gift! Love it :)

4 amy December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

thanks so much, jessica! i think they turned out pretty darn good. =)

5 BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced} December 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Adorable! What a great, unique, sentimental ornament!! Brilliant gift for newlyweds!

6 amy December 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm

awww, thank you! i thought the exact same thing when i ran across the idea on pinterest — i need to figure out who first came up with the idea + send them a huge thank you! =)

7 Renee December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Beautiful and such a nice gift to give to celebrate a special time from earlier in the year at Christmas.

8 amy December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm

i agree – it’s such a nice way to remember a special day not just on an anniversary, but at christmastime as well. =)

9 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl December 1, 2011 at 5:52 pm

What a brilliant, special idea! I still have a few of our wedding invitations tucked away; guess I’m going to have to track one down to make these. LOVE IT!

10 amy December 1, 2011 at 6:10 pm

ooh, i can’t wait to see how yours turn out! if you don’t have enough time to get it done with the holidays coming up + the little kiddo to take care of, i definitely don’t mind making one (or more) for you. just let me know!

11 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl December 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Oh, you are soooo sweet! You might be sorry you made that offer! :-)

12 Heather December 1, 2011 at 9:29 pm

We love them!! you are so crafty :) Thanks, friend :)

13 amy December 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

i was so glad to hear that y’all loved ‘em. you are more than welcome — can’t wait to hang out with you two again soon!

14 Lesley December 2, 2011 at 8:33 am

Oh, very cool!

15 amy December 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

thanks, lesley! they turned out even cooler than i expected, which is always a nice surprise. =)

16 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. December 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

super creative idea!

17 Margaux December 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love this! They came out so well.

18 amy December 2, 2011 at 10:15 am

thanks, margs! it’s nice to have a little something to look at during the holidays to remind us of our special day, you know? also, i just realized that my reply makes it sound like i’m talking about *our* wedding, not my wedding to my husband. ha!

19 Jess December 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

What a cute idea! And the ornament actually looks really cool!

20 amy December 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

ha, thanks jess! i was worried that the ornament would be sentimental, but wouldn’t turn out looking very good. thankfully, it turned out cute!

21 Kelly December 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

That’s a lovely idea!

22 Kathy Brown-Lowery December 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I use the same clear ornament, take a picture of whatever you want and copy it onto trasparency film, cut it in a circle to fit inside the ornament (cutting it to fit inside the ornament is the tricky part cause it has to be able to stand up). Its beautiful cause you can see through the picture.

23 amy December 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

what a wonderful idea, kathy! i think it would be lovely to give two to newlyweds – one with the invitation curls + one with a picture. thanks for sharing the awesome idea!

24 Julie at Burnt Carrots December 2, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I love this idea! We got married 3 years ago, but I still have an invitation sitting at the bottom of a box. This will be a great ornament to treasure for many years!

25 amy December 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

yay, looks like you’ll have a use for some of those leftover invitations! they’d make a great little gift for the in-laws as well!

26 kristen @ notsodomesticated December 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

What an awesome idea!! I am so NOT crafty, but I think I could even make this gorgeous ornament!

27 amy December 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

you definitely don’t have to be crafty for this particular craft – just cut, curl + drop in – easy peasy! =)

28 New York Diaries December 5, 2011 at 11:35 am

Amy this is such a simple, elegant and GORGEOUS idea! such a great idea for gifting….

now, if only my friends had apartments big enough for trees to hold said ornaments…ha

29 amy December 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

thank you so much! i totally hear you on the size issue – i bet we could find some teeny clear ornaments to make mini version for NYC apartment trees. and as we all know, when you make anything miniaturized, it’s even cuter!

30 Kim July 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Question: what size ornament did you use?

31 amy July 6, 2013 at 8:16 am

Hi Kim, I used a 100 mm ornament, which was the only size option at the Michael’s I went to. If you’re buying online, there’s a whole range of sizes. Hope that helps!

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