Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY Wedding Invite Ornament

This year I've decided that I want to start making a lot of the bulbs on our tree.  We normally have a blue, silver, and white theme but now that my little one is getting older I want to add personal ones to the tree that I can pass down to her.  I also wanted to start the tradition of making one together every year.  I have a more kid friendly one scheduled coming up, but I wanted to share an easy one first!

I'm a bit of a hoarder, so I still have a lot of our wedding (from 4 and a half years ago!) mementos and decor in boxes in the basement.  I've been trying to find ways to use some of them.  Remember my DIY Wedding Card Album??  Well, I have a bunch of wedding invites that were extra still sitting in a box and wanted to find a way to use them.  So, I got the idea to make a cute bulb.  This would also make a great Christmas present for a friend if you saved their wedding invite!

Wedding invite
Clear glass bulb

Step One: Measure where you are going to cut the invitation

Flip the wedding invitation over and use your ruler to measure every half inch on top and bottom and make little dashes with your pencil.  Connect your dashes by making a straight line across.  This will be your guideline for the next step: cutting.

Step Two:  Cut and Sort

Now you are going to cut out all of your little strips.  If you have a paper cutter then use that, otherwise you can just use scissors like I did.  After you finish cutting out all of your strips, you can start pulling out the ones that you want to use.  I pulled out the pieces that captured the words that I wanted to see peaking through areas of the bulb.  Unfortunately, I can't remember how many pieces I ended up using.  Just use your own judgement.  More pieces for a fuller bulb, less for a bulb that's not completely full.

Step Three:  Curl the strips and start stuffing

Now that you have the pieces picked out that you want to use, you can start curling them.  I simply winded them, with the print facing outward, around a pencil.  Once you have it curled around the pencil, you can slide it off the end and start feeding it into the open end of you bulb.  I would do this right away so you keep the tighter curl.  Keep curling and stuffing until you have the desired amount of strips in your bulb.

Last Step: Finishing touches

Almost done!  I cut a piece of ribbon and made a bow on the front of the bulb, and also at the top for hanging.  And that's it!  You did it!  Really simple!

Optional extra touches:

You could add a little charm on the ribbon if you would like

At the very beginning you could paint the back of the wedding invite a pretty color (silver, gold, etc.) before cutting out your strips, to have the inside part have a little pop.  (I didn't think of this until I was all done, Poo!!  I bet it would look awesome!)

You could paint the silver cap at the top just to add a little something..

So what do you think??  Will you give it a shot?

Our Pretty Little Girls


  1. Wow, that ornament looks great <3 I wish I had the time for DIY projects, I'd love to make my own Christmas tree decos


  2. This is such a great idea. Homemade ornaments are the best! My mom put together a collection of childhood ornaments for me a few years ago, some are homemade and others just sentimental. I look forward to pulling them out every year :)

  3. Thanks so much! I'm trying to make more time for projects this month. I have a lot of big ideas, we'll see how it goes. lol!

  4. Thanks so much Julie!! I have a few more Christmas crafts I want to try so we will see how it goes! lol

  5. Thanks so much Amanda! I'm really excited about adding a few personal decorations to the tree this year.

  6. Thank you! I'm really excited to get the tree up and start adding some homemade ornaments

  7. Aww that's exactly what I would like to do with Paige one day! I've already set aside two of her baby toys. I'm a sentimental person so I keep a lot of things. lol

  8. So sweet. I just might have to scrounge up an old invitation and make one of these myself!

    Thanks for linking up with us!

  9. This is so cute and creative!! I'm not especially crafty but I feel like I could handle this one. I will have to let you know if I try it. I really love this idea.

    Gina - On the Daily Express

  10. This is such a sweet idea! I actually have quite a bit of wedding invites left from my own wedding so I will definitely have to try this!


  11. That is a really sweet ornament to add this year!

  12. This is really cute! I wonder If I still have any old wedding invitations? I really want to do this now!
    Melanie @

  13. I'm loving your link up! It's been helping me get into the Christmas spirit!

  14. It's such an easy project but I love the way it turned out!

  15. Definitely let me know if you try it. It's really simple, but I love the way it came out.

  16. Thanks! Definitely give it a try! It's so easy and turns out so nice! It will give you something to do with those extra invites too!

  17. Aww bummer! It would make an awesome Christmas gift if you've saved any of your friend's wedding invites. I'm one of those crazy people that keeps EVERYTHING lol

  18. Thanks so much Courtney! I'm really excited to add it to the tree. Along with a couple more new ones

  19. You totally should! It's really easy and it's such a nice way to display it.

  20. Love this idea! Thanks so much for linking up with the Countdown! :)

  21. Julie Tucker-WolekJanuary 14, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    What an awesome idea!!! I love love love love this!!!!!

  22. Your ornament looks amazing. I had it on my list to make, but a good friend gave me one for my birthday last year, and I love how it looks on our tree!

  23. such a cute idea! now if only i had saved one of our invites!