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Handmade Holidays: Box Ornaments


We couldn’t help ourselves..we just had to show off another project from guest designer Melissa Phillips! Tomorrow we will reveal all of Melissa’s projects using Snow Village but as another special treat today we have another step by step project directly from Melissa herself.  She really out did herself and we can’t wait to show you what else she has created!


Melissa used a lot of stickers and chipboard from our Snow Village Kre8v-Kit and our ephemera pack.  All she needed to add was a little trim and some glitter to make these complete!




Holiday Project Sheet #12: Matchbox Ornaments

Empty your matches and get started! Click the image below to download today’s FREE Project Sheet that includes step by step instructions and a complete supply list.


12 chances to win! (because we still love giving…)

Come back everyday thru 12/20/13 and answer the “question of the day” for your chance to win 1 of 12 Snow Village Kre8v-kits! These kits include 368 pieces of crafty goodness including 12×12 papers, border stickers, chipboard stickers & element stickers.  It will look great under the twinkling lights of your tree!


 Today’s question:  Are your ornaments matchy matchy or assorted momentos? Answer below to enter!

68 Responses to "Handmade Holidays: Box Ornaments"

  • Lisa p
    December 20, 2013 - 12:51 am

    Beautiful job today. I have a tree full of homemade ornaments. My mom always made several ornaments a year for friends and family and she kept a box for each of us kids to have when we left home and got our own tree. Now I have all the memories of her precious gifts.

  • Vicki Parker
    December 20, 2013 - 1:52 am

    Mine is just a random mix collected over the years. Am just starting to get into making some and aiming for more handmade on the tree next year. :)

  • MichelleB
    December 20, 2013 - 4:45 am

    These ornaments are gorgeous! Our tree is a total mishmash of colors and styles and memories!

  • Linda Dreiling
    December 20, 2013 - 4:56 am

    My ornaments are not matchy matchy they all hold a special memory and I believe memories are what life is all about. I love all your creations.

  • Shelley Graham Turner
    December 20, 2013 - 5:13 am

    My ornaments are kind of matchy matchy I guess. I like my tree to match my living room but I also throw in those special family ornaments. With white lights it all looks beautiful!

  • auntie em
    December 20, 2013 - 5:15 am

    I love those little matchbox ornaments. So cute!
    Our tree this year is full of vintage, handmade, brand new, whatever. It’s loaded with memories, lots of love and full of every colour of the rainbow. I love it!
    I have a small one covered in icicles and snowflakes as well in the entry way. Other years have been themed, all white, all pink, all gold and silver and all vintage. I never know what it will be until I start decorating. :)

  • Randi Marque
    December 20, 2013 - 5:41 am

    Is today the last day???? I have had so much fun, waking up everyday, waiting to see what beautiful project and instructions you have awaiting. Awesome downloads too ! Thank you. I am very excited as I have a matchbox die that I have never used and can’t wait to try these beautiful ornaments. My kids LOVE ornaments so we have a mish mash of everything imaginable from homemade to animals even fish ornaments as well as traditional. One year I would like to have a tree with twinkling white lights and put out only the white and silver ornaments!! For now I love that my kids are so excited with ornaments and decorating the tree so it is beautiful the way it is!

  • Kelly Ousley
    December 20, 2013 - 5:50 am

    I do both… but love my matchy matchy tree….

  • Cyndy R
    December 20, 2013 - 6:19 am

    LOve the project today! My ornaments are sentimental not matchy matchy.

  • Melissa Carlin
    December 20, 2013 - 6:20 am

    My ornaments are an absolute assorted beautiful mess! There’s only 3 years worth of collection.

  • Jean A Marmo
    December 20, 2013 - 6:48 am

    Ours are a collection of old handmade ones from the kids, ones we bought when we traveled and others that were gifts. Just a wonderful trip down memory lane

  • Donna M.
    December 20, 2013 - 7:02 am

    Our ornaments are totally mixed, & each one brings sweet memories to mind when it’s hung on the tree. I even hang the sweet reindeer my son made about 30 years ago- I remember where we were when he made it. I love to hang each one, & love to appreciate each one with its unique story.

  • Maribel
    December 20, 2013 - 7:32 am

    Mine are all assorted ornaments that I have collected through the years. Some are broken due to little hands but I keep them because they tell a story!

  • Penny Douphinett
    December 20, 2013 - 7:35 am

    My ornaments are anything but “matchy matchy”! Each year the kids (6 of them) got an ornament and they were all different reflecting their interests at the time. I’m a Trekkie, so I have Star Trek ornaments and military themed ornaments since I am a disabled vet. And, of course, all the decorations the kids made over the years in school, scouts, etc. I like to think our tree is a reflection of my family with all our eccentricities on display for all!

    Again, thank you so much for this wonderful series, you have given me so many ideas I can’t wait to use. I’m looking forward to the winner’s list – and hope I’m on it!

    Merry Christmas to all of you – you are definitely on Santa’s “nice” list!

  • Debbie F
    December 20, 2013 - 7:40 am

    The big tree has an assortment of Hallmark, vacation and hand made ornaments. My husband has a smaller “man” tree with gun ornaments and spent shells. We also have an Elmo tree with nothing but Elmo ornaments and lights. There is also a snowman tree.

  • Laura G.Turcotte
    December 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

    WOW–Gorgeous!!!!! I have an eclectic mix of ornaments…all of them special! Some of them are handmade from my boys from preschool (from 12 years ago), and now my DD is going to start making them.

  • tammy b
    December 20, 2013 - 9:13 am

    i used to do themed trees (color wise) when i was younger, but for the past 15 year or so, my affinity for christmas ornaments has grown exponentially and now each year i get a few new and/or special ones, so my tree is totally eclectic and an assortment of moments!

  • Marcia Scantlin
    December 20, 2013 - 9:24 am

    I guess that’s why I have two trees. One is color corrodinated for my husband and the other has all my ornaments through the years.

  • Kailash
    December 20, 2013 - 9:55 am

    Stunning projects, such beautiful inspiration all week, love it!!!
    My ornaments are all different and a gorgeous assortment from my son’ school days to momentos we have collected from all our travels!!!

  • Vanessa Miles
    December 20, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Some years I do a theme tree, but most often I use the homemade and special memory ornaments from over the years.

  • Dorina D
    December 20, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Fabulous project today and love how Snow Village makes it so easy to make these ornaments. Great job. As to my ornaments both. I have old world glass ornaments mixed in with sock monkeys, teddy bears and ornaments made by or given to me by my nieces and nephews along with Icicle ornaments picked up from travels all over the world and from the kids.

  • Melanie
    December 20, 2013 - 10:26 am

    My tree is decorated with mostly homemade ornaments….which is definitely not matchy-matchy,lol. We have been adding new ones for 19 years, so it is quite the sentimental journey decorating our tree!!

  • Janetta Zeimetz
    December 20, 2013 - 11:08 am

    Our tree is covered with the kids’ ornaments so some match, some don’t. They get a new one every year after we have decorated the tree, I put them up and they find the new ones. It is fun. We put the lights on the tree first, then red basic ornaments, then the kids’ ornaments, and then the new ones!

  • Kathy Bumb
    December 20, 2013 - 11:09 am

    My handmade ornaments do not match – they only match in the love that I took to create them. Happy Holidays.

  • serena
    December 20, 2013 - 11:17 am

    totally mismatched. full of handmade ornaments from the kids and ornaments given to us over the years. I love it – always a walk down memory lane when we decorate the tree.

  • Bethany Becker
    December 20, 2013 - 11:17 am

    We have some matching ornaments plus some that are collected or have special memories.

  • Krystal
    December 20, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    These are lovely! Before we had children, our ornaments were coordinated, but since then it’s a hodgepodge of ones we’ve collected. Each of the children gets their own ornament every year so they can take them with them when they have their own place.

  • Denise Luscan
    December 20, 2013 - 12:16 pm

    Gorgeous projects! My tree is currently quite a mishmash of ornaments. My son is five so I let him make ornaments for the tree and we have keepsake ornaments so it is quite colorful. He loves it.

  • Janis in ID
    December 20, 2013 - 12:57 pm

    Those ornaments are amazing!!! Love all the jingle bells going every which way!!

    My ornaments are a mixy-match of ones from when I was growing up to ones the kids made when they were little to one that were given to me as gifts….plus some cat-safe ones that were purchased to hang near the bottom of the tree!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  • Lea Sorley
    December 20, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    I don’t think I will ever have a matchy matchy tree but I try. I have too many precious ornaments that mean so much to me plus all of my favorite homemade ornaments from my kiddos that always have to be included in our tree. One of the best things about decorating our tree is reminiscing about who gave us each ornament as we hang it on our tree.

  • CathyM
    December 20, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Our ornaments are a culmination of years of collecting. No matchy- matchy for us.

  • Cindy
    December 20, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    All my ornaments are a history of our life over 33 years, bought one for each of our children each year. Love to remember all the love, laughter and places we’ve been over the years.

  • susan dingess
    December 20, 2013 - 1:56 pm

    Clear lights and glass ornaments. I used to do totally just red, just green, just gold, but love all the brilliant jewel tones.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Carmen
    December 20, 2013 - 2:08 pm

    The only ornaments that “match” are the plain balls – and even those are different colors!

  • mandysea
    December 20, 2013 - 2:10 pm

    Definitely my ornament collection is eclectic…and even though not a matchy-matchy…. I find just the right place for each and every one of them.
    Just love Christmas.

    Wow on Melissa’s project… that is just awe-inspiring!

  • Theresa
    December 20, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    They’re actually a little of both. A lot of momentos, but they tend to be matchy-matchy colorwise.

  • Tammy Lever
    December 20, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    I only have ornaments on my tree each year and they all have meaning! Totally mix matchy…some are from when I was a child, some I picked up on travels, some that my husband and I bought together, some new ones each year from my son. Every year we add one or two new ones. I have one very special ornament which was handed down to me—it was from my great-grandmothers Christmas tree!

  • Carla Hundley
    December 20, 2013 - 2:37 pm

    Our ornaments are just a little
    bit of everything! Have a small
    tree with my husband’s western
    hand carved ornaments that
    match though.
    Carla from Utah

  • Jenell S
    December 20, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    I love ornaments and the ornaments on my tree are definitely not matchy matchy. I like shopping in different places for them – some are expensive, some are homemade and some are cheapo plastic ornaments – whatever suits my fancy at the time I give lots of ornaments as gifts, too.
    Thanks for the freebies. They are great.

  • Barbara Staradumsky
    December 20, 2013 - 3:07 pm

    Mine are both! I’ve always done my tree in Red and Gold and have ornaments thru out my children’s years that are so important to me. We even have some of my husbands mother that has passed away that were red and\or gold and match perfectly!

  • Ruth G
    December 20, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    We have a crazy mixed up tree! There are ornaments from my childhood and my husband’s along with current faves! It’s all about what we want to put up from year to year, with lots of ornaments that have been created with love by those living and those who have passed away.

    Thanks so much for all you’re sharing and for the chance to win!

  • Robin Buchholz
    December 20, 2013 - 3:49 pm

    What gorgeously detailed ornaments! I mostly have an eclectic mix of ornaments but some of them do match.

  • Ashley Horton
    December 20, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Gorgeous project!! Such a great way to use the Snow Village collection!

  • Alexia Misso
    December 20, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    Assorted momentos.

  • Jennifer Reynard
    December 20, 2013 - 5:24 pm

    Well, I guess I need to go buy some matches now! Aren’t those just the cutest little ornaments. How time consuming they must have been to make, but totally worth the effort! My ornaments are anything but matchy, matchy, they are an assortment of “treasures” collected over the years, some hand made and some store bought. Kind of a hodgepodge, but we love it as a family as the ornaments have special memories. Have really enjoyed this week of ideas and tutorials. Sad that it has come to an end. Thanks for posting everyday for our enjoyment! :)

  • LinhC
    December 20, 2013 - 5:32 pm

    I have ornaments from all over the place, interests, and people. I use them all!

  • Jacqueline Moore
    December 20, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    All our tree ornaments are baubles…. Different colors, patterns, and sizes. There is nothing else on our tree, not even lights! It looks really good. Around the rest of the house we have a combination of mini trees, reindeer, xmas candles and flowers, and much much more!!

  • Becky Green
    December 20, 2013 - 7:05 pm

    That depends on which tree we put up!!! :) We have one that is more Traditional & that one has ornaments that DON’T MATCH! Ornaments that we’ve collected & have been given to us & our children, over the years! OR if I put up a smaller tree, that one is “matchy matchy!” It’s funny, the kids like the larger tree with the ornaments that DON’T MATCH!!! :)

    BEAUTIFUL JOB MELISSA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your work is ALWAYS AMAZING & SO INSPIRING!!!!!!!!! :) I LOVE ALL OF YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  • Carrie Pangborn
    December 20, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    They are both! I have two trees that are matchy matchy and one tree that is everything!

  • Sheila Segil
    December 20, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    This year I used all my own handmade ornaments and tags and I have to say, I love it. It’s not fancy store bought, just fun, vintage, shabby chic and homemade! Merry Christmas!

  • Traci Severson
    December 20, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    Assorted mementos of those things which we love plus our yearly ornament we add to the tree!

  • Carrie Purkis
    December 20, 2013 - 8:01 pm

    Now I know why I saved all those match boxes! Darling. My ornaments are a mixture of Santas and angels and nativity scenes with touches of stars ( the only things that are the same.)

  • Brenda Lubrant
    December 20, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    My ornaments are mixed but a lot of them are in the same color range.

  • Niki Willaert
    December 20, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    Gorgeous ornaments from Melissa! Love them!

    Many of my ornaments match, but there are cherished ones that are put on the tree each and every year!

  • CarrieP
    December 20, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Our ornaments are a real hodgepodge. A collection gathered over my entire life. Some of them are gifts given to me when I was born. Love them all!

  • Lynda
    December 20, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    I never thought about adding ruffles or trim to hang off the bottom of a tag. I love how it adds such a girly quality!

  • Denise Bryant
    December 20, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    All assorted momentos! No matchy-matchy for me!

  • Julie A. Shearer
    December 20, 2013 - 10:02 pm

    Mine are all assorted momentos . Lots of cherished memories of making some with my boys.
    I really like the ruffles on these .
    They are stunning. TFS

  • Melinda
    December 20, 2013 - 10:46 pm

    This year they are a bit of both – baubles are green, red and black and we also have on our tree for the 1st time ever home made decorations made by my biggest little guy – love it!!

  • Caryn S. (Scrapnsing)
    December 21, 2013 - 5:23 am

    A complete mish mash! I have ornaments from my kids, ornaments from students, and things that I found various places. I know a lot of people like the designer tree look but mine is about memories. You actually have to go up to my tree and look at each individual ornament to see what they are.

  • Karen McNamara
    December 21, 2013 - 9:52 am

    Beautiful ornaments! Another idea to add to my list.

  • Wendy A
    December 21, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    We have a hod podge of ornaments – ones made by kids, my scrappy ones I have made, Hallmark ones, and whatever else we need to fill up the tree!

  • Wendy Orme
    December 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    This year all my ornaments match–silver & gold–because we put up a small table-top tree. Usally we put up a large tree and then we have a mixture of everything, old and new.

  • Jennifer Scull
    December 21, 2013 - 6:38 pm

    thank you so much for the great download!

    our ornaments are a big mix up – each one having special meaning. they go back to when my hubby and I first got married. :)

  • Gypsy
    December 21, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    Definitely assorted- I’d love matchy matchy- one day I might have my own Christmas Tree just for that purpose. :-)

  • Mandy Gegoux
    December 21, 2013 - 10:19 pm

    My ornaments are a meaningful hodge podge of handmade or store bought by loved ones. No two match and I have them going back to the early 70s when I was born. Mom still buys us kids a new ornament every year for Christmas. They fill my tree with history and happiness.