For my gift, I decided to make something. Remember the Jesse tree I made? Well, I had purchased an extra box of ornaments, in case I needed them. I didn't need them for the tree, but I became inspired to make something else with them! Each ornament is filled with something sentimental from our wedding day. Shall we take a walk down memory lane?
I filled the first ornament with beads from my wedding dress.
The second ornament contains some of my "something old," which is beads from my Great Grandmother's wedding dress. I had planned to wear them as an anklet, but when we attempted to slip it over my ankle just hours before the wedding, it broke! So instead, my maid of honor tied them to my bouquet to my "something borrowed" (Future Papa's baby bible).
The third ornament contained fabric petals that our flower girl scattered on the aisle. Or, rather, was supposed to drop down the aisle. She was so focused on getting to her spot at the front of the church that she only dropped one...accidentally! Ha! She was the cutest little thing.
Alright, ornament number four! I filled this ornaments with little dazzlers that we used in our reception as decoration. Instead of flower centerpieces on each table, we had little cakes in our wedding colors, each with a different design! We had an afternoon wedding.
For the fifth ornament, I reached just past our May wedding day to our first married summer, when we worked at a wilderness summer camp out west. Let me tell you, it was an adventure! Camping, hiking, backpacking, sleeping under the stars every night. Also...no indoor plumping, rare showers, and, for me, a constant sunburn. Not many newlyweds choose to spend their first summer taking care of kids, but we loved it! It was an adventurous summer that we will never forget. I'll have to tell you more about it later. But for this post, for the ornament, I put a piece of a love note Future Papa wrote me while we were there.
The last ornament contains a piece of fabric that is an inside joke between Future Papa and I. It's an embarrassing story. And that's all I'm gonna tell you! ;-)
I put the 6 ornaments back in the container they came in and wrapped them up for Future Papa.
I love that every Christmas, we will have these happy memories to hang on the tree. Before, all these objects sat in a box. Now, we can enjoy them every year! What did Future Papa think? He liked them! I don't think he was quite as in love with them as I am, but it definitely was a positive reaction.
This was a fun, easy little project! And it is easy to tweak! You could fill ornaments with mementos from family vacations, pictures, or childhood memories. Ahhh, memory lane. Hope you all had a day filled with love yesterday!
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