This month my 3-year-old daughter was in her very first dance recital! It was a Christmas show and she danced to Suzy Snowflake. Her dance teacher, Miss Bobbi, and I have quite the history…I danced at the same studio from about 5-years-old straight through college and even went back after having my son until getting pregnant with my daughter. So when Christmas came around I knew I wanted to give a special little gift to this wonderful woman who has been such a big part of my life and will now continue to be 🙂
As I was sitting in front of my Christmas tree one night I saw a big snowflake ornament sparkling so nice in the lights. I thought it would be great to play on the Suzy Snowflake theme and turn that generic snowflake into a personalized keepsake. As I mentioned I have spent many Christmases throughout my life with Miss Bobbi, but this was my daughter’s very first, so the phrase “Our 1st Christmas Together!” was perfect for the back of my gift.
Here’s what I did…
With a 2.75″ punch I made two circles out of a foam sheet found at Michaels or any other craft store. I glued those foam circles onto my snowflake ornament (one on each side) using some Crafter’s Pick super glue. (I love this one because it’s water-based and non-toxic 😉 )
I thought black and white would look nice with the silver snowflake so I went with it. I resized my favorite photo of my daughter from her dance recital and used my cupcake topper template to add a snowflake border around the photo. Here’s my snowflake template that you can add your text or photos to in Photoshop.
I printed the photo and “Our 1st Christmas Together!” phrase on white cardstock and punched it out using my 2.75″ punch. I then glued one on each side to the foam on the snowflake with Mod Podge and ran my finger across the cardstock to smooth out any wrinkles. Once dry, I put a coat of Mod Podge over both the top and sides of each circle to seal the photo and add a nice finish.
Instead of just an ornament hook I added a sparkly silver ribbon to hang it from the tree. And in the spirit of dance, I sprayed some glitter hairspray on it to add a little more sparkle…you can never have too much glitter! 🙂
Although my ornament was created with a dance theme in mind, these ornaments would make the perfect gift for so many on your list. Since you’ll be personalizing the ornament with your photo and text, the possibilities are truly endless!