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Memory Christmas Ornaments

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If you are in need of a few last minute Christmas ornaments for your tree – don’t run out to your local Hallmark or the mall. Instead take a stroll around your house, open up some junk drawers and see what treasures you can find to make a few memory Christmas ornaments.

Found objects, treasured trinkets, and souvenirs usually have a story to go with them, which makes them interesting visual links to fond memories and perfect to hang and decorate a Christmas tree.

There is no reason anymore for them to be hidden away – let them add some character to your tree this year.  Just hook each object on an ornament hook that you can buy at the Dollar Store or Walmart. Our use narrow ribbon to hang your found objects on the tree.

You can also make Christmas photo ornaments with any family photos you find.

No ornament hooks?  If you don’t have an ornament hook, use a paper clip. Just open up a paperclip and use the small end to hook onto your trinket and the larger end on the tree branch.  Embellish the wire with beads or jingle bells.

Random Items to Use to Make Christmas Tree Ornaments

Christmas Tree Ideas Memory Ornaments Skate Key

A skate key.

Christmas Tree Decorating Memory Ornaments

Advertising buttons.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas DIY Memory Ornaments

Board game playing pieces.

Christmas Tree Decorating House Key Ornament

The key to the house you grew up in with the address printed out on card stock.

Christmas Tree Decorating Graduation Tassel Ornament

Your graduation tassel.

Christmas Tree Decorating DIY Doll Ornament

Your favorite little doll.

Decorating for Christmas Ideas Chandelier Crystals

A chandelier crystal.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas Memory Ornaments

Sports team medals you or your kids have won.

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas to make

A key chain.

Other Items that Would Work to Make Free Christmas Tree Ornaments:

  • girl scout patches
  • a little toy car
  • key to your first car
  • paper cut outs
  • a love letter
  • school pin
  • diary key
  • family pictures
  • concert ticket stubs
  • vacation souvenirs
  • costume jewelry
  • kitchen gadgets

What keepsakes, treasured trinkets, or junk do you have laying around your house that you could hang on your Christmas tree this year?

Why spend money on Christmas tree ornaments when you have more meaningful ones right in your home that are free! Check out these ideas to use to decorate your Christmas tree this year. | In My Own Style

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18 Comments

  1. Brilliant!….And memorable is exactly what ornaments should be. I actually cleaned out part of my room in my parents’ house this weekend and discovered my summer abroad Italian apartment key and a graduation tassel. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks for the great ideas! Cheers!

  2. Greetings Diane! I do love the house key the best. Chloe made an ornament out of her Squishes pencil toppers. Too cute! As always I love your ideas. You’ve inspired me so much this year. I often will have little flashes of your ideas pop into my brain! Have a great holiday and thanks for sharing all of your uber fab style with us!

  3. I love the idea of using found items and family treasures as ornaments! For the last few years I have been trying to use decorations with meaning for our family…and not just sticking stuff out b/c we have it. Merry Christmas!

  4. Hi Diane! I’m leaving this comment so you can try to reply to me… let’s see if it works!