DIY Our First Home Christmas Ornament + Hop

DIY Salvage Wood Ornament - Pocketful of Posies

Hi Everybody!

Today I am back with my first Christmas post of the season!  And to make it more exciting I have teamed up with sixteen of my closest bloggy friends to bring you and awesome DIY Christmas Ornament Blog Hop!  There will be eight of us posting today (November 19th) and nine more tomorrow! (November 20th)  So don’t forget to stop back by to see all the beautiful Christmas Inspiration!

The ornament I am sharing today is going to be a bit of a spoiler alert for my brother and his wife because I made it for them.  They just closed on their first home this summer and I wanted to make them something special to commemorate that joyous occasion.   So I made this super cute DIY Door Ornament with the phrase “Our First Home 2015” printed on it.  How stinking cute it that!  It even comes with it’s own Christmas wreath and door knob!

The really cool part is I was able to make this ornament using bits and pieces of upcycled items, like the salvaged wood from Romantic Industrial Shelf Makeover.  Making this project not only a gift from the heat but an affordable one too!

To start my project I grabbed one of my mini bottle brush wreaths and used it to determine the length and with of my future door.   Once all the measuring and leveling was done, I trimmed the board down to the right size.

With the basic shape of my door done I moved on to sanding.  After a light sand with a med/fine 150 grit sand paper to remove and splinters I was ready to move onto my next step, lettering!

Since I didn’t trust my own handwriting for this part I decided to use some cute rubber stamps I picked up at Target (affiliate) for the lettering.  I always reccommend starting with a piece of scratch paper to test layout and spacing before applying any paint or ink to your project.  It’s a lot easier to grab a new piece of paper then it is to resand a project.


After a couple of practice attempts I decided it was time to go for it and stamped “Our First Home” on to my door.  Once all the letters were clearly inked I used a white gel pen to go over the letters.  This made the letters thicker and changed the color for black to white for legibility.

Since my letter kit did not include numbers I had to wing it and trust my own handwriting for the year   As you can see my “5” went a little haywire.  Oops.  (Now you know why the stamps were a good idea).

After giving the ink a few minutes to dry I sealed my nearly finished door using my favorite odor free polyurethane, Rustoleum Verathane (affliate).

Once a little more dry time passed I drilled very small holes in either side of the door for a hanging wire and on the front where my knob would be added.

Finally I attached the wreath, knob, and wire using a small amount of hot glue.  Now my door was complete and doesn’t it look soo cute!  I can’t wait to send it to my brother and his wife.  Hopefully it will bring them back to the excitement and joy of purchasing their new home year after year.

Now that I’ve share my DIY Salvaged Door Ornament it’s time to check out the rest of those awesome DIY Christmas Ornaments from all my bloggy gal pals!

Thursday, November 19th

2 Bees in a Pod
Pocketful of Posies
Green with Decor
The Resourceful Mama
Somewhat Quirky Design
It All Started with Paint

Friday, November 20th

My Creative Days
Patina Paradise
Leaves and Stitches
The Flamingo Chronicles
The Crowned Goat
Life on Deer Run
Lehman Lane
Eclectic Soapbox

Thank you so much for stopping by to checkout our DIY Christmas Ornaments!   Are you working on any DIY Christmas projects this holiday season?  Or do you have a favorite from the list above?  I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

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25 thoughts on “DIY Our First Home Christmas Ornament + Hop

  1. Cat – this ornament is stinkin’ cute! So creative and thoughtful…a wonderful way to commemorate and celebrate a new home. Thanks so very much for being a part of the hop!

  2. It’s so adorable Cat! You are so clever! I’m sure they will love, it’s so sweet and meaningful 🙂
    Happy Holidays!
    Pinning this right now!

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