“Me” Ornaments

This was probably my favorite holiday craft! Because of covid, I don’t think I’ll be able to go home for the holidays. This means I won’t get to see my family… or my best friend Emma. I remind her all the time that I’m the best gift I could give her haha. Just kidding, but I did think this would be a funny way to still be a part of her holidays even if I can’t actually be there. The idea came from this tiktok https://www.tiktok.com/@benkielesinski/video/6900369761037782273?sender_device=pc&sender_web_id=6842370550196110853&is_from_webapp=1 , but here is my version!

I used:
A bunch of pictures of me in holiday attire
X-acto knife
Cutting mat
Hot glue
Cardstock
Old ornaments
Twine

To start, I put on some of my favorite Christmas clothes and had a friend take my picture. I did a bunch of different poses. Some sitting, holding an invisible ornament, lifting something up, pretending to fall, pretending to push… just to name a few. I sent them to CVS and printed a few of each, then picked them up the next day. Once I had my pictures and was home in my craft room, I put my pictures on top of a cutting mat and carefully used the x-acto knife to cut around me.

Now was the fun part! I figured out the ornaments I wanted to use. Emma’s favorite Christmas decoration is a nutcracker, so naturally I had to start with that one. I hot glued the ornament to a piece of cardstock, then hot glued a picture of myself leaning next to it. Then I added twine to the back of the cardstock so she can hang her ornament on a tree 😊 The second one I made for her was a little simpler. The ornament was a box shaped like an ornament. So I hot glued a picture of myself peeking over the back. Since this one already had a hanger, I didn’t need to add one.

For a finishing touch, I signed the back and added the year (like anyone will easily forget this year). Now I will forever be a part of her Christmas. And of course I made a bunch more to memorialize 2020 forever 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea.

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