Some of us underestimate the sheer emotional impact of our wedding day memories. This, very personal, wedding ornament is sure to inspire tears of joy from your wife when she sees the care and sentiment you put into this very unique gift.
Step One: Without tipping her off by asking where they are, locate some of your best wedding photos and pick out a nice one that shows the two of you happy and at least somewhat close up. If it’s too large or requires some other type of editing, scan it on your computer or take it to your local Kinkos to accomplish these manipulations. Don’t cut up or damage any important prints as this would be counterproductive, to say the very least.
Step Two: Either find or take a current photo that compliments the one from your wedding. Remember, it will be on the other side of it, so you’re shooting for maximum emotional impact as it spins from the limb of your Christmas tree. Do the same sizing and editing as the first, coming as close in dimension as possible.
Step Three: Acquire three pieces of firm cardstock or similar light weight material that can be cut to make suitable bones for the interior of your ornament. Cut them into the shape of the ornament you desire, be it circular, square, rectangle or heart etc. and neatly cut a window into the center of two of them that will display the photos you’ve chosen in optimal fashion.
Step Four: Acquire some red and green velvet, or if that’s not for you, some shiny gold or silver material that will be used as the covering. Cut your material into sections that will fit over your framing with enough material to overlap the edges by an inch or so.
Step Five: Take your center piece (the one without a hole cut into it) and fit the material over it, gluing it firmly in place with a hot glue gun. If you’ve never used one before, be careful not to burn yourself or ruin your materials with errant strands of glue. The important thing, with this piece, are the edges, as the center will not be visible.
Step Six: Carefully affix your photos to either side of the center section, being careful to center it properly, not to damage the visible portion or placing them upside down or sideways to their counterpart on the other side. Once this is done, make a small hole, a quarter inch or so from the edge, and attach an ornament hook there that will ultimately be your ornaments hanger.
Step Seven: Carefully glue your fabric to your exterior pieces. You have the option of using some light batting to produce a pillow effect but only if you choose to. Finally, take your gun and make your three sections into one. Gluing a bit of artificial holly & berries over the pictures or at the top, near the hanger, provides a very nice touch, and you can also get a length of gold fabric trim and secure it around the perimeter, but this is strictly a matter of taste. Merry Christmas and have a joyous New Year!