10 DIY Milestone Christmas Ornaments

Celebrate all of life's firsts, and hang onto memories with handmade keepsake ornaments.

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

©Jaime Costiglio, ThatsMyLetter.com

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Sherry and John Petersik, Young House Love

Photo By: Emily Fazio

Photo By: Emily Fazio

A Unique Memento for the Newlyweds

Upcycle decor or accessories from your wedding, and repurpose them as ornaments in celebration of your first Christmas as a married couple. This cake topper now sways happily on a "swing" beneath DIY mistletoe.

First Anniversary Crossword

Buy a game of Scrabble, and attach the tiles to a piece of cardboard to create crossword messages of love.

Home Sweet Home

Nomadic family? Map your new home, and create a keepsake of your current (and past) dwellings. To make, download a map of your state online (I found many free options licensed for personal use), and print out. Draw a star or place a sticker on your town, and attach to wooden trim. Attach a loop of twine or string to hang.

Love Thy State

Jaime Costiglio of ThatsMyLetter.com had the right idea with these DIY pendant ornament gifts. Crafted durably in wood and meticulously cut with a scroll saw, they're classically cool and certainly a memorable gift for friends celebrating their first holiday in a new home or state.

Annual Family Ornaments

Craft a new ornament every year using a photo of the kids on Christmas morning. You'll go down memory lane each year as you celebrate the expansion of your family and the children's growth year-to-year.

Cherish the First Year With Baby Silhouettes

Celebrate baby's first Christmas with silhouette ornaments. Sherry and John Petersik of YoungHouseLove.com show how to make digital silhouettes using photographs of your subject and rescaling those silhouettes to attach to small ornaments. Get the full instructions here.

Make a Keepsake Using Old Clothes

Use embroidery hoops to display small circles cut from your children's old clothes, and enjoy the memories long after they've outgrown them.

Get Crafty With Photo Ornaments

Baby's first Christmas ornaments can take on any shape, size, and number of variables, but as a new parent, the easier the better. Bake a stamped clay ornament or use quick-dry paper clay for a keepsake you'll cherish for years to come.

Gift a Tiny House Ornament

A new home in which you'll create happy memories in is a milestone worth celebrating. Create a DIY keepsake ornament from oven-baked clay or wood for yourself or friends who've recently moved into a new home. Add an extra touch by etching the family's name with a wood-burning tool or hand-painting the ornament to match the exterior of the home.

Remember the Christmas Tree

When you trim the end of your Christmas tree trunk, save the slice of wood to display as an ornament for future Christmases. Use a scroll saw or a router to scribe the year into the ornament, or use a wood-burning tool or paint to add your own touch in remembrance of the holiday season.

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Card Stock Christmas Ornaments

These scallop-edged card stock ornaments are a quick and inexpensive way to add a colorful touch to your Christmas tree.

Turn Clothespins Into Christmas Tree Ornaments

In just a few steps, turn wooden clothespins into beautiful snowflake tree ornaments. This is a great project for older children to tackle on their own or for small kids with help from a crafty adult.

Make an Origami Christmas Ornament

These origami Christmas ornaments look impressive, but they're so simple to make. (They're also a creative way to use pretty wrapping paper scraps.)

No-Sew Fabric Christmas Ornaments

Turn small bits of fabric into fashion-forward Christmas tree ornaments or gift toppers in just a few steps — no sewing skills required.

Easy-to-Craft Wooden Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

These gingerbread cookie ornaments, made out of wood and paint, look as festive as the real thing, but can be enjoyed for many Christmases to come. Kids will love helping out with this fun and easy holiday craft.

How to Make Giant Christmas Ornaments

Light up your exterior entryway with these fun and festive oversized ornaments.

Make a Paper Snowflake Star Christmas Ornament

Don't let the swirls fool you! This paper snowflake star Christmas ornament is easy, quick to make and sure to wow your guests instantly.

How to Make Cookie-Cutter Christmas Ornaments

Looking for an easy way to trim the tree? Create beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments out of metal cookie cutters and pretty paper.