Holiday crafting: showcasing memories
I love to collect holiday ornaments to commemorate important events in our lives. I have a house ornament for our first home, dog house to welcome our dog, a stroller for our son’s birthday, a schoolhouse for his first day of preschool.
During the holidays, I would carefully hang them on our tree, and think about the memories associated with each ornament. But as the number of ornaments grew, I felt unhappy that all of the ornaments – and memories – were jumbled on the tree.
This year, I decided to create an ornament board so that I could display all of my commemorative ornaments and even write a short note about the event.
4’x8’ hardboard or plywood, cut to size
Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
Screw eyes, screws or nails
Drill or hand-borer
It took me three days to complete my commemorative ornament display. I bought a 4’x8’ piece of hardboard from a hardware store, and cut it to a more manageable 4’x5.5’ size. I painted a tropical scene with a coconut tree on the beach (not a snowy mountain scene – this is Hawaii, after all). Then I hung the ornaments in chronological order along the tree leaves. Not every ornament made it on the tree, but I chose the ones that had special meaning to me.
I put the ornament display right next to our tree, which my 10-year old son decorated himself this year. He hung up ornaments with their own stories – ornaments that he made, that people gave to us, that are eclectic bits from other gifts and packaging.
Now when I look at these ornaments, I can reminisce about the stories of our lives, and feel grateful for our memories and time together.
Do you collect commemorative ornaments? Do you have a favorite holiday ornament?