It’s Jamie-another fellow crafty chick! I haven’t had much time to craft lately-due to the arrival of my sweet twins, Hallie and Logan. But I did squeeze in some time to make these homemade block ornaments. A new tradition of ours is to make a homemade ornament every year. My kiddos were so excited to hang their ornaments on our tree. My mom made ornaments when I was little and I still remember them. I remember her sleds made out of popsicle sticks with our names on it. My sister and I loved to pull out the ones made for us each year.

So here are the steps to make these:
You’ll need:
1.5 inch plain wooden blocks (one for each family member-found at any craft store)
mod podge
photos/scrapbook paper-or you can do used digital scrapbook paper in photoshop
cup hooks (I used silver 7/8 in. ones)
ribbon to hang the ornaments

step one: cut out your squares for the sides {I digi scrapped mine in photo shop using a Christmas kit from Shabby Miss Jen} I put a letter on the front, name and year on the back, photos on the sides and cute scrapbook paper on top and bottom.
step two: mod podge the squares on, and modpodge over to seal (I like matte mod podge-not the gloss)
step three: screw in cup holders on top of the blocks when dry
step four: tie ribbon on and hang on your tree!
Homemade Block Ornaments Here are the finished blocks before adding the hooks and ribbon.

Cup hooks (you can find them at Walmartin the hardware section)

& Here are the finished ornaments!

{Merry Christmas!}


  1. These are AWESOME! I’m going to do this tonight for grandparents! What a great extra gift. Congratulations on your twins they are beautiful! Have a happy Holiday!

  2. Your babies are beautiful!
    This project is so special and so beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing it and the instructions are awesome!

  3. So cute! I am filing this away at to use for next year!

    And congrats on your beautiful babies!! They are so sweet!

  4. Love it Jamie! I will do these next year!

  5. You do great work Jamie!

  6. The blocks and the twins: Both Adorable! Merry Christmas!

  7. So CUTE!!! The ornaments are great too! 🙂 I love the idea of making ornaments every year…especially if they look like this! Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is the most adorable Christmas Craft I have seen!!!!!! Thank you for sharing it!

  9. how cute!!!!!

  10. Congratulations Jamie! This is Kirsten Wright’s friend Kierstin. I didn’t know you were pregnant with twins again 🙂 That is so much fun… and I’m sure SO busy. The blocks are adorable and you’re definitely supermom in my book! I look forward to the many cute future crafts to come!

  11. Jamie, I’m loving these!!! Definitely on my list to do for next year. This December got away from me! 🙂 Love the photo too. Let’s get together soon!

  12. LOVE these!! Thank you for sharing! And since I have two sets of twins myself (girls, 3 years & boys, 4 months), I was especially drawn to this post! Congrats!!!

  13. The babies and the ornaments are beautiful.

  14. what a great project! and your babies are absolutely adorable 🙂

  15. What a neat idea and tradition to start in my home.

    Your babies are just beautiful, God Bless you and your beautiful family.

    Denton, TX

  16. Congratulations on your beautiful twins! Adorable! I am a twin to a BOY! It’s super fun!

    I love your blocks! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hi Jamie.

    A 2nd set of twins…what a BLESSING and another boy/girl set too! Yeah for A&B! I’m sure they love playing the role of big brother/big sister.

    Your craft project is fantastic and on my to do list for next year. I always find so much inspiration from you and Brooke over at Little Wonders.

    Many Blessings to you and your family in 2010,



  19. Your babies are beautiful! I have twins too! How fun!

  20. Congratulations on your twins they are beautiful! Have a happy Holiday!
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  21. Word Designer Says: January 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I love these! What a great idea. I was trying to figure out something special for my grandies for Christmas and these would have really been perfect. Ah, well. I have until next year to make one for each of them. Thank you for the idea.

    Word Designer

  22. These are soooo cute! Thanks! Your babies are beautiful!

  23. absolutely darling. Your twins are beautiful blessing!!!

  24. These blocks are adorable! I do some simliar ones, but they are bigger!

  25. I love these! I make handmade photo ornanents every year for the grandparents – I am definitely going to try these next year. Awesome idea!!

  26. Thank you for sharing it!

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  32. I’m making this for sure, thank you for the idea!!

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  37. Michelle Foster Says: November 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I made something like you did back in the early 80s. I had some wooden ABC blockes that my kids had played with. I also was overseas with my spouse and was feeling a bit lonely at Christmas. I had also saved Christmas cards from my Granparents and others that had passed away. I cut up their cards and glued them to all the sides of the blocks that didn’t have a letter. Then I applied varnish . I still have the kids blocks and also my grandparents cards to this day. The blocks are hung on the tree every year making it special.

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    Am I correct that you used 1.5″ blocks. It seems so small.

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    Would Christmas wrapping paper work? Or would it yellow? I want to make these bit I don’t have scrap booking paper & quick look at wal mart’s scrap book papers & none of them were Christmas like.

  41. Hi! Please tell me the name of the font you used on Hallie’s block…I love it! Thanks! These are adorable!

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    May I suggest using screw eye rings ( instead? That way the ring is smaller and closed up.

    Thanks again!

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