From inspiration to reality . . .
One of the first images I pinned was the wedding invitation ornament:
I loved the idea, especially since I had a wedding invitation or ten collecting dust. I promised myself to make my wedding invitation ornament when the Christmas season arrived. My Christmas spirit kicked into full swing this weekend & I started this DIY project with my extra-large, clear ornament:
I set out my supplies: my pocket wedding invitation; my outer & response envelopes for color; my ruler & exacto knife in place of fancy cutting matts; & my pencil:
I separated my wedding invitation from its pocket &, I'm not going to lie, I started to freak out a bit about cutting up my wedding invitation. It seemed wrong! Then I reminded myself the extra invitation was doing no good collecting dust. I detailed 1/2 inch strips & began cutting:
I repeated this process with my wedding invitation, response card, reception card, hotel card & both envelopes. I decided to cut my pocket only if needed. I had an extra-large ornament to fill; you probably don't need more than a wedding invitation for a regular-size ornament. As soon as I had a decent pile of strips, I wrapped each strip around my pencil to curl it into a swirl & dropped it in the ornament:
Soon, my wedding invitation ornament was filled to the brim! I couldn't control how or where my swirled strips landed but they naturally arranged themselves just perfectly. I spy meaningful details like my maiden name, my husband's first name, our reception location, our zip code & more:
I played around with adding different ribbons & other details to my wedding invitation ornament & nothing looked right. In the end, my simple wedding invitation ornament is quite lovely on our newlywed Christmas tree:
We'll admire & treasure our wedding invitation ornament for years to come!
P.S. I still have extra wedding invitations (the stationer in me ordered plenty of extras just in case!). Do you have any creative, holiday or non-holiday ideas?
Photo 1 via, Photo 2-7 by Koru Kate