These wedding invitation ornaments are a lovely way to create a holiday keepsake. They are simple to make and are a lovely gift idea.
This post was originally published on December 8, 2011, and updated on October 15, 2021.
The holidays are an incredibly sentimental time. As we gather with loved ones, we spend a lot of time reflecting on special memories. I reflect a lot while decorating because I include a lot of sentimental pieces in my holiday decorations. Over the years I’ve collected ornaments from our vacations and special trips. There’s one from Paris, one from our first year of marriage, and of course, one for each of the girls’ first Christmases.
I also have quite a few handmade sentimental ornaments. My aunt made ornaments for everyone from my grandmother’s wedding veil one year. And I have a collection of ornaments that my mom made when I was a kid. I also made an ornament using invitations from our wedding.
Wedding invitation ornaments are incredibly easy to make. And the concept can be used for any type of paper memory, like baby shower invitations or pages from trip guides.
Invitation Ornament Supplies
- Clear ball ornaments (glass or shatterproof)
- Wedding invitation
How to Make a Wedding Invitation Ornament
Start by cutting the invitation into 1-2 inch wide strips. The strips shouldn’t be too thin because then you won’t be able to read any of the words from the invitation. But if they are too wide, then all the pieces may not fit inside the ornament.
Once the invitation is cut, lay out the strips and grab a pencil! It should be a thin pencil that fits inside the opening of the ball ornament! Wrap the strips of invitation loosely around the pencil. As you wrap, be careful not to overlap the paper much. If you wrap too tightly, then the paper won’t unfurl to fill the ornament.
Next, stick the tip of the pencil and a bit of the wrapped invitation into the opening at the top of the ornament. Carefully slide the wrapped paper off the pencil and into the ball. If you didn’t wrap too tightly, then the paper should unfurl a bit inside the ornament. You can use the eraser end of the pencil to GENTLY unfurl the invitation more. Don’t press too hard or the paper will fold and crease!
Keep repeating this process until all of the strips of invitation are inside the ornament. Once all of the invitation strips are inside the ornament, you may need to use the pencil to push the strips of paper around some more. This helps make the ornament appear more full and helps uncurl the paper a bit more. Remember to be gentle so the paper doesn’t fold or crease!
You could finish off the ornament by tying a bow, made from a ribbon that matches the invitation, at the top of the ornament.
These wedding invitation ornaments make an excellent wedding or anniversary gift. They are also a fun craft to make for yourself. There are many different options for what you could fill the ornament with too! Try this idea with maps or postcards from past trips. Or baby shower invitations.