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Keeping the Memories Close…

December 6, 2015

I am so excited to be bringing you a sweet Christmas ornament DIY as a part of the Home For Christmas Blog Hop that is being hosted by and Country! Right!? Exciting stuff folks!… you’re going to get so much Christmas greatness through this blog hop! 🙂 Preserving Memories Vial Ornaments - 20

I’ve always had a love of preserving memories… saving snippets of things to look back on with a fond memory…

These glass vial ornaments are a great way to preserve special Christmas memories to look back on for years to come… imagine making one of these for your child every Christmas and writing little notes about of great memories made that year… then when your littles have grown up and move out you’ve got 18 or more christmas ornaments to gift onto them for their tree!… and for them to continue on saving memories for years to come!… or for a newly married couple… or for friends who have moved to their first home!… Really this fun tradtion of preserving memories in little glass ornaments that you customize can be started at any time… and over the years you’ll have a great collection of darling ornaments and memories to read back through…

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Let’s get DIYing shall we!?… To make this ornament gather up the following supplies:

Little glass jars/vials – I’ve been seeing these everywhere lately- at Michaels, the dollar store and even at Plant

Liquid Leaf – found at Michaels

Disposable paint brush or a paint brush and mineral spirits for cleaning the brush, if you don’t want to throw it away



Super Glue



Vinyl Stencil – if you don’t have means to cut a stencil or purchase a stencil you could freehand your text and date with a gold paint pen or freehand painting

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If you have a vinyl cutter start by prepping your little vinyl stencils… I wanted us (the Pickle and I) to each have a little ornament and then a general one that we’d both contribute to… so I prepared our names and the year and then one with just the year… I measured the vial to get the dimensions that I have to work within to have the text fit nicely…

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Once the vinyl cutter has done it’s job weed out the text… leaving the centres of letters in place!…  think stencil!

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Next place transfer paper over top of the vinyl stencil and rub it all over to ensure that the transfer paper picks up all of the vinyl pieces…

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…peeel the back off of the vinyl and get your little vial ready… Make sure to give the glass a good cleaning so that it is grease free… to ensure good paint adhesion…

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When I got to this step I discovered that my vinyl was a bit long so I cut one end off to make working with it a little easier once it was on the glass… to line up with the bottom of the vial…

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Wrap the vinyl stencil around the glass…

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…and give it a good rub all over to ensure that the vinyl is well stuck down and there are no air bubbles… especially around the text… we need to make sure that the edges of the text is well adhered…

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Once you’ve rubbed all over slowly peel away the transfer paper watching to ensure that insides of the letters don’t lift away from the glass.

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After the transfer paper has been removed give the vinyl another rub around the letter edges one last time…

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Now!… bust out the liquid leaf… it comes in a range of metallic colours… of course I love goooooold!… and the gold was on clearance the last time I was out shopping for supplies… I may have grabbed a couple of bottles of the gold. You really could use whatever paint you like here… I love the liquid leaf as it is a great rich metallic finish.

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Paint in the letters and date… just enough paint for the letters to be opaque…. but no so paint much that it pools in the cutouts… just a couple of moments after you’ve finished painting you want to very carefully peel away the vinyl… if you wait for the paint to fully dry there is the risk of pulling up the paint with the vinyl… After the main stencil is off of the ornament pick off the centres of the letters… I’ve found that a needle works great for getting these little pieces up and off as these little vials are pretty small.

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I’ve made a variety of sizes… cutting paper to fit each… its surprising how much space you’ll have to write… as you can roll your scrolls tight to get more paper to work with 😉 The vials with the lipped edge work great for tying on a ribbon and hanging right onto your tree… for the tube styled vials I used a dot of super glue to hold the ribbon onto the glass… around the ribbon, before gluing, I attached the string that I use to hang the ornaments… it gets glued right to the ornament and then the ribbon wraps around to make a sweet bow..

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I’ve found a great gel super glue from gorilla glue… it doesn’t run all over the place because it is a gel. Be sure to shake it well before using it… and you only need the tiiiiniest dot to hold the ribbon and string to the glass…

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see just a tiiiny dot… press the glued piece of ribbon to the vial, near the top, and hold the ribbon in place for the recommended amount of time as noted on the glue packing… be mindful that you don’t stick your finger on if any glue gets out from underneath the ribbon!

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Once the glue is set wrap the ribbon around the ornament and tie a little bitty bow…

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Place your little scroll inside of the jar and then hang your preserved memories on your tree to look back on and read over for years to come… I tied my scrolls with gold string so that they wouldn’t loosen up and be hard to get out of the lipped jar… it also adds to the visual interest of the ornament I think 🙂

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Here are our 2015 ornaments!… We’ve not written memories down on them yet… as we go through the holiday season we’ll be sure to note our favourite moments from this Christmas…

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Our Christmas tree is one big memory tree… I grew up getting an ornament from my mother every year… and since Chris and I moved in together we get each other an ornament every year… sometimes funny… sometimes serious… always with great memories attached…

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I hope you enjoyed this little DIY and I hope you have some fun with it and preserving your memories this year to look back over next year! 🙂

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I would love to say a big thank you to Hometalk and Country Living for hosting this awesome #HomeForChristmas bloghop… be sure to visit the other posts that you find below to get inspired to create some Christmas magic in your home over the holidays!… get blog hoppin!


When you make your ornaments please take a few photos and come on over to the Feathering My Nest Facebook page and share a picture or two!… I would love to see how you make yours!…




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  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista December 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    What a great idea!!! Mine have all left the roost but oh how I wish I had something like this to give each of them now that they’ve started their new lives. Pinning to share 🙂

    • Lacey Haskell December 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      You can always start now! 🙂
      Thank you for the pin! xo!

  • Patti December 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm


    Your ornaments are sooo beautiful and I love the functionality. One of the best ideas I’ve seen all season.

    • Lacey Haskell December 8, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Thank you very much Patti! 🙂

  • ananda December 8, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    hi lacey! this is beautiful!! i am inspired by how much love and care you put into the making! xx

    • Lacey Haskell December 9, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Thank you Ananda! 🙂 What better than a thing made with love 🙂

  • bonnie weiss December 10, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Such a unique and personal idea. Love the memories these tiny ornaments will share in years to come.

    • Lacey Haskell December 10, 2015 at 8:08 am

      Thank you Bonnie! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Anne December 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    What a fun idea!!! Love this so much,and it’s so easy to make! Great tutorial!

    • Lacey Haskell December 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      How sweet of you to say! Thank you Anne! 🙂

  • Mimi December 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

    Thank you for sharing your lovely ornaments.
    I will enjoy making my own.

    • Lacey Haskell December 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Mimi! Please come to the Feathering My Nest Facebook Page to share a photo of your ornaments when they’re done! 🙂