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A Tradition of Hand-Painted Ornaments

About a decade ago, I started a tradition of hand-painting ornaments for family and friends.  It all started because I wanted to be able to give special gifts even though money was short at that time.  The ornaments went over well and I continued the tradition every year after.  

Some years I created different designs, others I did one theme but individualized each depending on the recipients favorite colors or hobbies.  Once my nephews were born I added plastic ornaments for each of them so they could also enjoy hanging them on the tree even while little and not having to worry about dropping or breaking them. 

I’ve included some pictures of the different ornaments throughout the years below.  It was fun to look back and see how they progressed! 


Shiny blue ornament with snowy tree scene
White ornament with hand-painted pointsettia


Blue ornament with hand-painted snowperson
13 blue ornaments with hand-painted snowpeople


Red ornament with hand-painted white snowflake
16 red ornaments with hand-painted white snowflake


Blue ornament with snowy tree scene
Blue ornament with snowy mountain scene at night with moon and stars


Red glitter ornament with hand-painted white snowflake
15 different glitter colors of ornaments with white hand-painted snowflake


Gold ornament with hand-painted penguin
14 gold ornaments with hand-painted penguins


Red glitter ornament with hand-painted santa


Red ornament with painted wreath hanging on tree


Blue ornament with hand-painted santa's sleigh silhouette against moon
2 ornaments with hand-painted santa silhouette on moon - one purple glitter background, one blue glitter background


Gold ornament with tree hand-painted
2 ornaments with handpainted christmas tree - one red glitter background, other blue glitter background


Gold ornament with red cardinal

The Tradition Expands

This is where I first started creating my glitter snowflake ornaments.  I’m thrilled that ornaments I’ve created can be a part of other families’ holiday traditions!  Some of my customers have asked me to add the year and/or names on their ornaments so that they make a special collectable gift each year. 

Multicolored glitter ornament - silver, orange, yellow, green. White lettering Kelli & Tonya 2018
Light blue glitter ornament, white hand-painted snowflake hanging on tree
Pink ornament with white lettering - Rylieann 1st Christmas 2016
Musical heart white with teal background ornament on tree
Hawaii state flower on blue ornament hanging on tree

If you’re looking for special ornaments to add to your tree or give as gifts, you can find them in-person upstairs in my spot at The Shoppes at Oldies But Goodies (10 Carpenter Road, Big Flats) OR online in my holiday etsy shop – LauraJaenGifts (with current USPS recommendations, please place orders by Dec 15th for delivery prior to Christmas).  I also have additional inventory if you’re looking for specific colors.

What's your favorite holiday tradition?

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