Message in a Christmas Ornament

5 Materials
30 Minutes

Tis the season of Christmas 🎄 ornaments and I think these ornaments are the perfect way to write a special message to those you love. These are super easy and fast to make too.
My grand babies ornaments
This is the second year that I make these ornaments for my 3 grand babies. My focus has been to write them each a special message about that particular year’s milestone and of course, a message about the love I have for them. I also included a note regarding something funny they did that year. Recently we found out my eldest daughter is pregnant and having a girl so I started her first ornament this year with a note regarding the excitement of finding out we are having our second grand daughter 💕 The intent is that these ornaments get passed on to them and one day when I’m no longer here, they will have special messages from me. Okay enough of the reasons behind why I made them, let’s move on to the DIY project 🤗
You will need clear ornaments, yarn or ribbon if you like for the top of the ornament, faux snow, craft paper for your note and a complimentary paper for decor. You will also need a hot glue gun, scissors ✂️ and a pen. Get anything else your heart desires to decorate your ornament and let your creative DIY spirit animal’s imagination run wild 😜
The message
This is wear it got a little tricky but I promise you, if you follow this tip, you won’t go wrong. Make sure before you write your message, that you determine the width of the paper that you will be writing your message on and keep in mind that you will have to roll your note, like a scroll. The first time I did this, the length and width of my message were too large to fit into the ornament. For example, my paper for this ornament was approximately 2 inches wide and about 12 inches in length and then I rolled it, placed tiny strips of tape at each end and secured it even further by tying it with twine. The twine also adds to the look of the ornament.
The rolled up messages
You will want to roll up your messages tightly. I rolled mine to have the writing showing because I wanted it to look like a message in a bottle, in this case, an ornament. Like I said above, place a tiny piece of tape at each end to secure the ends. Finally, tie your message with twine or your choice of ribbon.
Faux snow
I used a funnel to pour a little faux snow in my ornaments. You can use anything, even confetti or dried flowers, let your imagination run wild.
Hot gluing the yarn
I chose to use a soft white yarn and glued it in place on top of the metal part that is used to insert the ornament hanger through, leaving enough space to insert your hanger or string. Once you’ve done that, insert your hanger and it’s ready to hang on your tree.
See, wasn’t that simple 💁🏻‍♀️ I hope this inspires you to create your own message for those special people in your life. I think this would also be a cute way to use it as a way to propose to someone and maybe even put the ring in there 🤷🏻‍♀️ Sorry, that’s my mind running wild lol
2018 Christmas Ornies
These are the ones I made last year 🎄I think I like these more and I definitely felt that the rounded ornaments showed off my notes a little better. Last year I was able to find Christmas tissue paper with musical notes (so cute!) I couldn’t find it this year. FYI, I placed 3 scrolls into each ornament, one had my message and the other 2 were only for decor purposes and the reason for getting complimentary paper. If you want to see more of what I do, please come visit me on Instagram at
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  • M.L. Friel
    M.L. Friel
    on Jan 7, 2020

    So, How do they get the message out of the ornament? Do they have to break it?

  • M.L. Friel
    M.L. Friel
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Would a ring fit thru the little hole at the top of the ornament? How would the recipient get the ring out?

  • Shari
    on Jan 16, 2020

    That's YARN on top? Looks like fluffy feathers - which I will probably at least attempt to use instead. Lovely!


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