I have gotten a lot of requests to do a tutorial on how to make wedding invitation ornaments. Over the years these have become my signature Christmas gift to recently married couples. I also make these from baby announcements and other important invitations or keepsakes. It's very easy to make, and very inexpensive. I enjoy giving these as gifts because I feel like it's something the couple will have years from now as a way to remember their wedding, and remember you!
You just need two key items: A wedding invitation and a clear tree ornament. I purchase in bulk from Michael's Craft Store but you can get these at any craft store. Once you have these items you can start to make the gift:
Step 1: Cut the invitation into thin strips.
Step 2: This is the most important step. Curl the strips. Most invitations are made with a thick paper, so you have to use your hands to curl the paper. Don't use scissors for this step. I try to curl the paper so that the invitation wording can be seen. See the ornament below as an example.
Step 3: Once you have your curled strips, remove the top of the clear ornament and place the strips in. If you don't have enough strips to fill the ornament, you can use curled ribbon or another color that would compliment the ornament. The ornament below didn't have enough strips so I used colored ribbon. You can also add glitter or something else to make the ornament "pop".
Step 4: Place the top back on the ornament. For a nice touch you can use ribbon to tie around the top. I have also started using gift tags (see above). You can paint or use special marker to write something on the ornament, such as the date of the couple's wedding, their last name, etc.
It really is that easy! Step back and admire your work!
I am not a huge crafter, but I do occasionally scour my local Dollar Tree to look for smaller DIY projects. My most recent (successful) find was $1 Certificate of Achievement frames. I purchased five of these for an upcoming bridal shower. These are the larger frame fit for certificates.
Next I bought a few of these from Michael's Craft Store for $6.46 each. Testors CreateFX in Gold. They are small so you might need to purchase more than one for a larger job.
Pop out the back of the frame, lay newspaper out (preferably outside), then have at it! I did have to use a few coats to make the glitter thick.
Once the frames are dry, insert your sign or picture and enjoy! If you are going to use the frames for outdoors I would suggest using a sealant. For more dollar store deals follow Table 1 Events on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/table1events