"On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me......." Yes, yes, friends, today is the second day of my twelve days of Christmas series.
I honestly love today's DIY--it's absolutely perfect for my fellow military wives and can be easily tweaked for my ladies with hunting-loving hubbies as well.
I'm not sure if you've noticed but I've been really into commemorating memories this year and one of the first things I thought of when I was brainstorming ornaments was a keepsake ornament of sorts for Zach.
Zach has brought home quite a lot of brass (the shell/casing of the bullet) from the weapons he's shot throughout training this year--I think we have one casing from every weapon he's shot so far in his Army career. It's fun actually having something tangible from all the exercises they've done so far and I think I might do an ornament like this every year..maybe with different little mementos depending on what happens each year.
What you add to your keepsake ornament is totally up to you--it's your keepsakes!! The sky is pretty much the limit with what you could add to this!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
//clear ornament, either glass or plastic (I used glass but I'd definitely recommend plastic as I broke two ornaments putting this together)
//brass of your choosing
//uniform rank patch, preferably with velcro in the back so it stays stiff
//hot glue gun + glue
//ribbon or twine
//small piece of cardstock for the tag
Ok so this is clearly an easy diy since really all you have to do is take the top off your ornament, place the rank inside and then add the brass CAREFULLY especially if your ornament is glass like mine was. Oh and make sure to pay attention to how your rank patch is sitting.......I won't even tell you how many photos I couldn't use because the chevron was pointed up instead of down. #imsilly
After everything is sitting the way you want, use the hot glue to secure the top back onto the ornament. If you have burlap twine, you can also wrap that around the top to give it a more manly feel. As it was, I just tied a little bit of my Christmas-y twine to the top and attached the tag with the year written on it. Simple but purty.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? HAVE YOU EVER MADE A DIY ORNAMENT BEFORE?
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