Holiday Ornaments Make Memories

Here are some tips to create ornaments to make each season memorable.
Adding to Christmas Tree Decorations

Adding to Christmas Tree Decorations

Traditionally holiday ornaments adorn trees; it's a custom that started in Germany and found its way to the states in the early 1800s. The first ornaments were fruits and cookies and they're now being used to decorate every room in the house.

As we pull ornaments out each year, memories of the past and hopes for the future come with them. They herald in the holidays and help us to celebrate old traditions and start new ones. Here are a few easy ideas and a how-to:

  • Add some colored bulbs to Grandma's vintage ornaments to make them really special. Try versatile and exciting color palettes, from ruby red to bright fuchsia down to the aubergine.

  • Decorate a kitchen wreath with fruit and vegetable ornaments or make one with a fishing theme for Dad.

  • Give a child a new ornament each year so that when they have their own tree, they can fill it with all the special gifts from the past.

Memory Ornaments

Materials and Tools:

1/16"-thick glass pieces
construction paper
metallic markers
string or thin ribbon
silver craft tape


1. Cut the photo and construction paper to the size of the glass.

2. Write a message on the back of the paper, and then secure the three items with craft tape around the edges.

3. Glue string or ribbon to the ornament to hang it.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Gather small bathroom decorating ideas, and get ready to add style and appeal to a snug bathroom space.

Shared Space Decorating Ideas

Not sure how to make a small space multifunctional? City-dwellers Sarah Raskin and John Kerl turned their bonus room into a guest bedroom/baby nursery with some smart decorating ideas and storage solutions.

Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

Stuck with a small living room? Turn it into a family room, lounge, dining room and office with these multipurpose decorating ideas.


Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.