Thursday, July 20, 2023

Pet Keepsake Christmas Ornament DIY

Welcome to this months' Creative Craft Hop! For the next three months, Creative Craft Hop will be hosted by Donna @Modern on Monticello who's filling in for Sara @Birdz of a Feather while Sara is dealing with  health issues.  Please keep Sara in your thoughts and prayers. And thank you Donna for keeping this awesome hop going! If you're coming over from Terrie's @Decorate and More with Tip, isn't her fluffy snowman wreath adorable!

Since it's Christmas in July,  I'm making a pet keepsake ornament for my niece, Patricia to hang on her Christmas Tree. The pet keepsake ornament is in honor of Patricia's furbaby, Xena who passed away in late June. She had cancer. Patricia and all of her family was devastated to say the least. Xena was a rescue pup and had been with Patricia and her husband for over ten years. Xena was devoted and loyal to Patricia, as well as Patricia being devoted to Xena! I was fortunate to have Xena and her family visit us in early June. I could tell by the way Xena looked at Patricia that showed me how much she loved Patricia and vice versa. There was no greater love between the two. 

A pet keepsake ornament is a great way to honor Xena during the Christmas holidays - especially one that's handmade by her aunt, Gail!
So let's get started!

  • Flat disc clear glass ornament (4")
  • Rice paper
  • Photos
  • Laser printer
  • Refillable watercolor brush pen 
  • Acrylic paint (white)
  • Sponge brush/paint brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Mod Podge (matte)
  • Plastic (cut open ziplock bag)
  • Modeling paste/painting knife
  • Gold rope trim
  • RapidFuse all purpose adhesive (quick dry glue)
  • Wired ribbon
  • Bowdabra bow wire
Begin with a clean clear glass disc ornament around four inches in diameter. Lay down parchment paper over work surface. Remove the attached metal hanger and dab white acrylic paint over the entire glass ornament.
Let dry completely. I made a drying concoction using a small rod stuck in a styrofoam cube to hold the ornament while drying. You can create whatever drying mechanism is best for you.
Once the paint is dry apply a layer of matte mod podge to seal the paint. Let dry.
While the mod podge is drying, print out the photos and wording to be used on rice paper using a laser printer.
Then use a refillable watercolor brush to soften the paper around the pictures to feather the edges.  

Once the edges are feathered (torn) .  .  .
check the sizing of the photo on the ornament and .  .  .
apply mod podge to the ornament .  .  .
placing Xena's photo on top. Use an open ziplock bag to smooth out any wrinkles and let dry.
Apply a layer of mod podge on top of the photo to help smooth out any missed wrinkles and to seal. 
Let dry.
Once the front of the ornament is dry, feather the edges of the other pieces that will go on the back.
Then apply those pieces just like the ones on the front. First, the wording and then the small photo on top. Let dry.

Add modeling paste using a painting knife along the outer edges of the photos and wording for texture and enhancement. 
Let dry overnight.
For a decorative effect, measure rope trim around the ornament and cutoff excess.
Then glue on trim using RapidFuse all purpose adhesive.
Attach the metal hanger to the top of the ornament.
The make two small simple bows for either side of the ornament top and

make an ornament loop to tie on using Bowdabra bow wire.

I sent these ornament pictures to Patricia and she said, " Oh I love it! I can't wait to honor my little girl on the tree!!!! So sweet my little girl thank you very much!! "๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on making a pet keepsake Christmas ornament as much as I enjoyed making it! Up next is Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers sharing her easy and fun way of making Dollar Tree potholders! Be sure to stop by each and everyone in our creative group listed below to check out their exciting and inspiring projects! And don't forget to pin, too!

DIY Dollar Tree Knotted Rope Vase | Niki | Life As a Leo Wife

DIY Plant Trellis For Indoor Plants | Donna | Modern on Monticello

DIY Fluffy Snowman Wreath |Terri | Decorate and More with Tip

Pet Keepsake Christmas Ornament DIY | Gail | Purple Hues and Me

Easy Dollar Tree Pot Holder Craft | Allyson | Southern Sunflower

Lace Tree On Burlap Christmas In July | Ann | The Apple Street Cottage

DIY Pollinator Puddler and Self-Watering Olla | Cecilia | My Thrift Store Addiction

Up-cycled Ornament Door Hanger | Tammy | Patina and Paint

Side Table Makeover | Jenna | The Painted Apron


  1. How precious! What a perfect way to remember a beloved pet. Great idea!

  2. This is just beautiful, Gail. Pets are so important and you've created a lovely tribute.

  3. My heart goes out to you and the loss of your family's pet. We had Daisy our pet and this will be made for her. Thanks for sharing!

  4. So lovely my little girl. Thank you Aunt Gail for memorializing my little girl Xena.

  5. What a sweet story and I know she will be thrilled with this very special, handmade with love, ornament Gail! Your tutorials are always so detailed, thank you for sharing your steps and I am inspired! I will be looking for those glass disc ornaments!

  6. Gail, this is such a sweet idea! My mother lost two of her dogs this past year, and I would love to craft similar keepsakes for her.

  7. This is such a beautiful idea! You can use it for a first home or baby's 1st Christmas too! Pinned!

  8. What a sweet way for your niece to remember her precious pet. Great idea, Gail.

  9. Wow, you did an amazing job. This is beautiful. I love the idea of remembering a pet with a photo. I'm all about photos--my memory-keeping blog is 14 years old! :) Pinning this great idea. Visiting from Love Your Creativity Link Party.

  10. Oh, what a sweet and sentimental idea. I love the extras on the back side. Your niece will treasure it furever!

  11. Such a beautiful and wonderful project. I know they will appreciate it for many years.

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  13. What a lovely keepsake, Gail and what a great craft idea. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm totally going to use this technique on other projects!

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