Just in time for Christmas, I’ve finished a simple little craft that can be easily done with wedding momentos. You could gift these to your family, groomsmen, bridesmaids, or your spouse. Not only does this appeal to my inner need to upcycle, but gives the momentos I tend to collect a decorative and practical use.
I’ve been meaning to make the ornaments for quite a while. I got the clear, glass balls from Canadian Tire’s Canvas collection (these). They come in sets of six or four, I created six so I could have one for myself as well. The little silver tops pop right off with a light pinch and a bit of a wiggle. The opening is just a little bigger than a dime, I could fit my rather chubby index finger in carefully if need to arrange items the way I wanted. You could also use a pipe cleaner or pen to help push items into place.
I dried two of my bridesmaids’ bouquets (and my own) by hanging them upside down in a closet while we were on our honeymoon. I wrapped some twine around the handle and then wrapped the other end around the closet’s bar with a towel underneath in case any pieces fell off. They dried really well and I’ve kept them in a cardboard box in a cool, dry spot.
For these ornaments I wanted to use dried flower petals as this was a gift for my friends who had stood up in my wedding. You can use any keepsakes you can find but look for ones that are small or pliable. The larger rose petals and eucalyptus leaves were too stiff and crumbled when I tried to bend them. So I opted for the smaller rose petals, peony petals, ranunculus petals, hypericum berries (which dry very small and a nice dark navy colour), plumosa fern sprigs, and some dusty miller that had curled in on itself when dried.
Then to finish the ornaments I used ribbon right from the bouquets themselves. This would also work well with keepsakes like boutonnieres, vow passages, centrepiece items, or confetti. I debated about writing the wedding date with a white sharpie in script but I fell in love with the clean look of the glass. If you haven’t tied the knot yet, pick some of these up now (or on Boxing Day) and you’ll be able to gift these before their trees go up next year!