Ornamental traditions

Ornamental traditions

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The best thing about decorating our Christmas tree is the memories we have from ornaments collected or made along the way.  It wasn’t until Arabella brought home an assignment from preschool that I realized we had a tradition that kind of just happened.  We were brainstorming all the things we did every year for our holiday and I realized that every year we made an ornament to corespond with our gift wrap.  Each year we pick a holiday gift wrap theme, that can be as simple as a color scheme or as detailed as a specific animal or object.  Just something to give us direction on where to begin with wrapping.  I let the kids come up with the theme and colors, Arabella likes to be involved and I’m sure Windsor will too when she gets a little older.  It’s actually more fun when something so far left is picked because then I can get creative and it becomes less boring.  Each year with the leftover wrap supplies we make an ornament to symbolize that Christmas. 

2017 “Ponies”

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This year “ponies” was Arabella’s idea.  Previous years I would throw ideas her way but this year she was able to form an idea without options.  I was able to find the cutest horse cut outs on Etsy and to keep things Holiday themed we decided on the “Swedish Horse/Pony”.  We like to have activities to do so we always try to DIY the ornaments as much as we can (you will see some close ups of both Arabella’s and mine).  We used paint markers to draw on the Ponies.  The markers were from amazon and the Ponies Etsy.  This was perfect for her age as she was able to decorate one for each family member, grandparent, cousin, aunt and uncles! I’m not done wrapping yet this year but I snapped a few shots of what I do have done! 

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2016 “Dolls” 

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“Dolls”  was the choosen theme in 2016 and I really didn’t know where to begin!  Arabella went through a major phase of loving dolls and somehow we came up with this.  How would one make “dolls” a theme for gift wrap for anyone who isn’t a 2-12 year old girl!?  After thinking about it long and hard I decided to do the little Mexican worry dolls.  To keep it a little more interesting I used a label maker to print out the names since I couldn’t figure out how to get the names on the doll!  We did pink, blue, and green (Arabella’s favorite colors at the time) with gold accents!  The dolls we’re from an Etsy vendor in Mexico.     

::Scenes from 2016/Windsor’s first year::

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2015 “Llamas”

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Llamas were in style according to paper source so I didn’t really have to be to creative for the Llama theme.  I still am seeing them all over, but it’s such a fun animal especially with their colorful accessories.  What I ended up doing was getting Llama wrap, sticking to specific colors and then adding tassels to the wrap to make it a little more fun.   We did blue, red and green for color scheme!  I also used washi tape to write the names on, on the same colors with different designs. 

::Scenes from 2015:: 

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2014 “Trees”

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One baby, lots of time, what you realize later! I made cute tree felt cutouts in red, blue, tan and white and did corresponding ribbon, yarn and gift wrap.  Thanks to Instagram I was able to search and pull up all the pictures!  You can play with anything as much as you want, I even did some white on white on white!    

::Scenes from 2014//Arabella’s first year:: 

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 As as a family we have so many traditions.  Things that just kind of happened and things that since the project I have forgot about And want to reinstate!  The other thing I realized while scrolling through my feed is we need another dog!  Here is a tie over till then!  I hope this gives you inspiration for wrapping and tradition ideas!

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Xx & Merry Christmas!  

Katie May

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