Personalize your tree with these quick and easy to make 5-minute ornaments made from your handwriting and some glitter wire. Use seasonal words or your family names to create one of a kind Christmas tree decorations which are also perfect as a hostess gift or gift tags.
During the holiday season, I seem to make nearly weekly runs to Michael’s or other craft stores. Of course, I have a similar problem there as I do at Target, where I have a very specific item or items I need, but I always walk out with things I didn’t originally intend to buy. On a recent trip, I picked up some glitter wire thinking I was going to use it for something on my mantel, but ended up making these handwriting ornaments.
- Glitter Wire
- Scissors or wire Cutter
I started out by simply writing the word PEACE on a piece of paper. I generally don’t love my handwriting, but the craft gods were smiling upon me and I was able to produce something I could live with on the first try.
I simply started forming the wire to the shape of the letters. If you’re using glitter wire, beware, you’ll get glitter everywhere. I tried to do mine as much over the paper as I could, but I still ended up with it on the table (and of course in my hair – so festive!).
Periodically I picked it up from the paper to adjust the curves of the letters and make sure the shape was holding appropriately. In the end, my final wire word was a little wider than my template. It was easier to read that way. I snipped the end with scissors (the wire wasn’t terribly thick) once I was happy with it.
You could easily add an ornament hanger or a ribbon if you wanted to hang this as a traditional ornament. My tree is fairly full, so I found just setting them strategically in various branches worked well, without obscuring any of the letters.
I also made some JOY ornaments with green glitter wire.
I made a couple of each and they are nice accents in my tree. I may pick up some red glitter wire on my next craft store run to make a few more. I’ll also be making some as names to use as gift tags. I don’t generally get really fancy with my gift wrapping, but these are so easy (albeit a little messy).
Have you made any handmade ornaments this year?