December 6, 2011

Recycled Wedding Invitation Ornament

Wondering what to do with your extra wedding invitations? Or need a Christmas gift for a newlywed? Here's one idea.

One night I was going through my DIY Ideas board on Pinterest and making a list of what I would need to actually make some of the crafts I had pinned. When I came across this invitation ornament, I realized I already had everything I needed and got started right away. I was finished in about an hour.

All you have to do is cut the invitation into strips, curl each strip, and put them inside an empty glass ornament. If you have an X-Acto knife, you can use that for the cutting and then curl the strips around the handle (after removing the blade of course).

Nathan was a little disturbed when he saw me cutting up our wedding invitation, but I assured him it was okay since we still had a bunch of them. Then he reminded me we had gotten rid of all the extras and that was the only one we had left. Oops. Good thing I still have the original files and extra paper.

I realized I never actually blogged about my wedding invitations, so here's what they looked like before I mutilated them.

I actually cut up the entire suite, but I ended up just using the strips from the invitation and a few of the more interesting ones from the other pieces. The ornament was plenty full.

It fits right in with all the other mismatched ornaments. Our tree looks mostly the same as it did last year.

I wanted to buy one new Hallmark ornament this year, and we picked out Tom and Jerry.

Another change is that we're using Bob and Larry as our tree topper this year. Maybe someday I'll buy or make a real tree topper, but it's kind of fun to decide what to put on top as we're decorating it.

Did you do anything with your wedding invitation?


  1. I love this! Your tree looks fantastic, I love the incorperation of the wedding invites in the tree. Makes things so much more special. You can look back 25 years from now and see your wedding invite.

  2. I am SOO going to do this with my wedding programs (and possibly my invitations)!! It's a great keepsake to have!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this on the Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  3. I love this idea, too. I had pinned it as well, and have been meaning to make it! It will be a nice keepsake ornament.

  4. Those are beautiful! What a great idea.
    The rest of your tree looks great too :)

  5. I think this is a cool idea!!! I know we have a wedding invitation somewhere...I'd love to do this with one of them. :D

  6. What a great idea! I do think we have some wedding invites left. =) We buy one ornament each year to represent our year (if we can).


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