Monday, December 9, 2013

Dare to Give Handmade - A Baby's First Christmas Block Ornament

I love making homemade gifts for friends and family, although I hate to say I don't do it often enough.  My sisters and I have started the tradition of doing small, under $10 homemade gifts for each other, which I love.  I have some crafty sisters! (proof here  and my attempts here and here and here)

But for this post, I wanted to share an ornament I made for my friend who recently had a baby.  My old college roommates and I started our own tradition of giving each other ornaments for Christmas.  I think we were supposed to alternate who gave, but I lost track somewhere so I just send one to each of them.  Hopefully Gina isn't reading now - and if so - this will be on it's way to your house soon!

I've seen lots of Baby's First Christmas ornaments, sold and made, so this really isn't something new, but it's a little nod to her new baby B.  I sacrificed one of Harper's blocks (poor thing, in like 3 years she will be lining up her blocks and be so mad the B is missing...), choosing the B for her babe's first name.

I Tony drilled a hole through the block for the string.  

I wanted to cover the sides that were irrelevant with text and a photo of the baby.  The words were engraved into the wood, so I filled the indentations with a little spackle to get it flush.

I then printed out my text and photo on matte photo paper and Mod Podge'd them on.  The font is Santa's Sleigh.

Voila!  I think it turned out pretty cute, and it was very easy.  I hope she likes it!

Check out Decor and the Dog for this week's Dare to Give Homemade posts!

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Linking up with: Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewlywoodwards and Primitive and Proper!


  1. Love it!!! Great idea :)

  2. Love this so much! Personal, and honestly, much cuter and way more personal than the store bought first christmas ornaments.

  3. Great idea! I'm sure the missing B won't affect her alphabet song at all. :)

  4. This is adorable! I love that you added the photo. Such a great addition for the first Christmas ornament. (And what a Cutie.)

  5. adorable! what a great idea, and of course the baby photo steals the show!

  6. I love this!I need an ornament for my baby...thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I love this! I have a new nephew I may have to do this for.....although I doubt I can get my act together in time for Christmas. Eeeek.


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