Making Memories: Personalizing Your Christmas Ornaments with a Touch of Creativity

The holiday season is soon to be upon us and we’ll say it again, personalized ornaments make great gifts. Christmas ornaments are an unexpected way to communicate love and care when they are thoughtfully selected. And we have so many! We’ve made it easy to find at least a few ornaments perfectly suited for your loved ones. Old World Christmas has many dated ornaments and ornaments ready to personalize and we want to give a few ideas and instructions on the best ways we recommend to personalize your Old World Christmas ornaments. 

1. We'll do it!

Did you know we can personalize your ornaments before we ship them to you? We're a one-stop shop! Have a name and or a date added to an ornament by one of our talented Christmas elves in-house. Take your custom personalized ornament design one step further when you add a special quote to create a one-of-a-kind personalized ornament to admire for years to come. We are offering a selection of special ornaments available for in-house handwritten personalization, click here to view available ornaments.

2.  Hand Lettering

If you love DIY projects and want to add a handmade charm to your Christmas tree, hand-lettering your ornaments is an excellent choice. All you need is a set of fine-point Sharpies or paint pens in various colors and a perfect ornament for easy writing. Most Old World Christmas ornaments have a flat space large enough for a name, year, or date. Start by sketching your letters lightly with a pencil to avoid mistakes. Then carefully trace over the pencil lines with your Sharpie or paint pen. You can experiment with different fonts, styles, and festive messages, making each ornament one-of-a-kind. Don't forget to let the ink dry completely before handling the ornaments to prevent smudging.

3.  Vinyl Stickers

For a polished and professional look without the hassle, consider ordering custom vinyl stickers to personalize your ornaments. Many online retailers offer customizable vinyl stickers in various colors, sizes, and fonts. You can easily design your stickers with family names, special dates, or meaningful quotes. Once the stickers arrive, carefully peel off the backing and apply them to your ornaments. Smooth out any air bubbles with a credit card or your fingers to ensure a seamless finish. Vinyl stickers are durable and come in an array of styles, allowing you to cater to your unique taste and theme.

4.  Hire a Pro

If you want an elegant and sophisticated touch to your Christmas ornaments but lack the artistic skills, consider hiring a professional calligrapher. Experienced calligraphers can create stunning and intricate designs tailored to your preferences. You can provide them with specific names, phrases, or even your favorite holiday quotes. Hiring a professional ensures precise lettering and exquisite craftsmanship, making your ornaments stand out. Many calligraphers offer personalized services during the holiday season, allowing you to collaborate on the design and choose the perfect font and style for your ornaments.

Personalizing your Christmas ornaments is a delightful way to add a personal touch to your holiday décor. Whether you prefer the charm of hand lettering, the convenience of custom vinyl stickers, or the elegance of professional calligraphy, there's a method that suits every style and skill level. Whichever option you choose, the result will be ornaments that tell a story, capture memories, and bring joy to your family and guests. So, grab your pens, and stickers, reach out to a calligrapher, or let us do it and let your creativity shine this holiday season!

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Written by

Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.


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