DIY Thumbprint Keepsake Ornaments

Reindeer ornament

I was so excited to find this little reindeer keepsake ornament idea on Pinterest yesterday. The original post which inspired these cuties can be found here.

I just happen to have a few extra rosettes made up from a previous project, so all that was left was to make the adorable little reindeer out of thumbprints, add a little sentiment and some linen thread and voila! A perfect little keepsake to give as a gift or to keep.

They are made entirely with Stampin’ Up! products, so I decided to enter them in the Stampin’ Up Only challenge blog. They’re challenge? Create something that conveys the season greetings of Merry or Happy, and these little merry reindeer make me very happy!

Reindeer Ornaments 2

Aren’t they cute?

Now I’m off to clean- we are having a huge Christmas Eve celebration at our house and I want everything to be ready.

Happy stampin’ friends!

Michelle

Peppermint Candy Ornaments

Ornaments

If you need a super fun, easy way to keep the kids busy for awhile during the winter break, these ornaments are just the thing. Adult supervision is a must, as you will need to use the oven. We made these at my sister’s house the day after Thanksgiving and it kept the four kids under age 7 very busy.

You will need hard peppermint candies, metal cookie cutters, cooking spray, wax paper, a cookie sheet, wooden skewers and twine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line the cookie sheet with wax paper. Spray the cookie cutters with cooking spray. Unwrap the peppermints and fill the cookie cutters. Some space is just fine- the candies will melt and fill in the space.

Bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until candies are melted. Caution: the candies will start to turn brown if you leave them in too long.

Allow to cool slightly. Before the ornaments have had time to harden, make a small hole with the wooden skewer. (Spray some cooking spray on the skewer first.) Be very careful not to burn yourself.

After the ornaments have cooled, gently pop them out of the cookie cutters. This was not too difficult, but we did break one or two of the miniature ones.

Add twine and tie in a bow.

They are ready to hang on the tree!

Ornaments 2

We had so much fun, making ornaments and memories with the cousins at Auntie’s house.

Happy memory making of your own friends!

Michelle