How to make an easy wedding Christmas ornament from an upcycled wedding dress.
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This is our second week of the Christmas project challenges. The theme is “2 hour projects” so week I’m going to show you the super cute ornament that I made using old wedding dress scraps. This is pretty much a 10 minute project, max. Maybe 5.
Making ornaments from a wedding dress is a great way to keep a memento from your wedding without letting the whole dress sit collecting dust in your attic. Donate most of the dress to an Angel Gowns program or sew Angel Gowns yourself to donate.
Use scraps from your dress to make an Angel Topper for your Christmas tree and these ornaments which you can personalize however you want! Personally, I think they’re perfect AS IS.
- Plastic empty ornaments: Glass is nice and would be fun to etch with your last name, initials or wedding date, but breakable. I have kids.
- Scraps from wedding dress: Pieces of embroidery/lace and also plain fabric for inside of the embroidery to help push it out.
- Tweezers and scissors
- Ornament hangers, if needed
How to Make an Ornament from Your Wedding Dress
Start by cutting out the pieces of the dress that you want to use. The thin fabric with embroidery is ideal for this.
Cut around the design, without clipping the stitching.
I try to separate into 5-7″ pieces.
Set aside some of the plain wispy fabric too.
Now that you have your supplies ready, get out one or two pairs of tweezers. Use a pair to help put the embroidered fabric into your bulb. Make sure to keep the design facing out.
It took me a few minutes to get the hang of it, but you can mess around with the tweezers to put everything into place just right.
Once you have it where you want it, make sure there’s no fabric blocking your way at the top. Push the plain wispy fabric inside to help hold the embroidered piece in place.
And you’re done! I love it as is, but there’s a lot of opportunity here to add a tag with the couple’s name, wedding date, etc.
Here’s a video showing the process.
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Want more 2 hour decor ideas? Check out ALL of them on our DIY Holiday Ornaments challenge.
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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