Every year I love to make a few new handmade Christmas ornaments to add to our tree. My favorites are ornaments that are beautiful, easy to make, and also meaningful.
One thing I really want to focus on this Christmas is keeping the birth of Jesus front and center in our Christmas celebration. As my boys grow older, it becomes easier and easier to get swept up in a wave of Santa Claus, Christmas wish lists, and fun decorating.
And while I absolutely love those things, I don’t want that to be all our Christmas is about. For me the true heart of Christmas is the story of Jesus’ birth, and that is what this ornament is all about.
A couple of years ago I found this awesome little New Testament at an estate sale. It is dated 1911 and has several names written inside the cover.
It may be a little worse for wear, but that’s what I love most about it – thinking about all of the hands that have held it and all the places it has been.
So I turned to the Christmas story in Luke in this little book and that’s where my ornament started.
Don’t worry – I did not cut up my little Bible to make this ornament. I scanned the page and then printed a copy to cut.
And since I realize not everyone has an old Bible available, I also created a free printable from mine for you to use.
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- Blank wood ornament– mine is from Michaels, but you can also grab a pack from Amazon
- Printable of the Bible story (found below)
- Matte Mod Podge – for attaching the Bible story to the ornament, you could also use glossy, but matte gives a great vintage look
- Paint brush
- Silver Glitter – I used German Glass Glitter which is gorgeous but any glitter will work
- Red string – baker’s twine would also look beautiful
- Jingle bells – the 1/2″ size works well
Free Printables of Luke 2
First you’ll need to download and print out the verses from Luke 2.
I have two versions you can choose from. The first version (shown above) shows the full two page spread from my little Bible and the second version (shown below) is the close up on Luke 2: 6-11 that I used for my own ornament.
To download, just click the version you want below. Then you can download it and print. (If you are on a desktop computer, just right-click and choose ‘save image as’.) These images are jpg files so they can more easily be printed in a variety of sizes to fit your ornament or other craft project.
How to make a Birth of Christ Ornament
Once you have your printout of Luke 2, trace your ornament shape onto the printout and cut it out.
I cut mine a little smaller than the ornament shape to leave a bit of a border.
Brush matte Mod Podge all over the surface of the wooden ornament and smooth the paper onto it. This first layer of Mod Podge serves as the glue to hold the paper in place.
Once that dries, brush another layer of Mod Podge onto the top of the paper to seal everything down.
When that has dried, brush Mod Podge over all of the exposed wood surfaces and sprinkle silver glitter on.
I loved the simplicity of the ornament just like this.
But I didn’t want it to get totally lost on the tree, so I added three little jingle bells hanging from simple red string.
And that is it – pretty simple!
I can’t wait to hang this on our Christmas tree this year!
Want more fantastic Christmas ornament ideas? You can see all of my DIY Christmas ornaments right here.
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- Small paintbrush
- Print the free printable of Luke 2. Trace your ornament shape onto the Bible story printout.
- Cut out the ornament shape, cutting it slightly smaller than the wood ornament.
- Use a paintbrush to brush Mod Podge all over the front of your wood ornament. Smooth the paper ornament shape onto the front of the ornament.
- Once the paper is fully dry, brush another layer of Mod Podge over top of the paper to seal it.
- Brush Mod Podge all over the exposed wood on the sides of the ornament and sprinkle glitter onto the Mod Podge. If any bare spots remain, add more Mod Podge and more glitter.
- Tie on three jingle bells with red string.
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