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DIY Christmas List Memory Ornament

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Do you love easy DIY memory ornaments? Learn how to make the best homemade Christmas List Memory Ornament! You’ll cherish the memories for years to come!

Homemade Christmas Wish List Memory Ornament

This adorable Christmas List Memory Ornament is a super simple DIY Christmas tree ornament to make, and it’s one that will be cherished in the years to come.

Someday, when my girls are grown and have families of their own, I’ll be able to look back and remember what was on their Christmas list in 2017.

And then I’ll be able to pass our homemade Christmas ornaments down to them when they have kids the age they are now. I can only imagine how much their kids will enjoy looking back at what their moms were interested in when they were their age.

Close up of DIY Christmas Wish List Memory Ornament hanging on artificial Christmas tree

How to Make a Christmas List Memory Ornament

Learn how to make this cute homemade Christmas List Memory Ornament to preserve your child's Christmas wish list for years to come.
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Prep Time: 0 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • Start by painting your wood spool red (or your favorite color).
    Paint your wood spool red
  • While the paint is drying, cut a piece of card stock down to where it's the right width to fit into the spool and about 4.25" long (if you use a larger wood spool, yours may need to be longer). Have your child write their Christmas list in pencil on the card stock, keeping all of the writing only on the bottom half of the paper (you could write on the entire paper, but some of it won't be as visible.
    Write your list in pencil first
  • Trace over the pencil with a fine-tipped Sharpie or other permanent marker.
    Trace over the writing in permanent marker
  • Once the paint is dry, go ahead and write your child’s name and the year on the side of the wood spool.
    Name written on the side of the spool
  • Next, using a hot glue gun or strong craft glue, adhere the Christmas list to the painted wooden spool, leaving part of the list hanging off like a tail.
    Glue the list on the spool
  • Allow the glue to dry, then tie a ribbon through the wood spool to create a hanger.
    Tie a ribbon as a hanger
  • Hang the Christmas List Memory Ornament on your tree. You’ll be able to look back and remember what your child wanted for Christmas that year!
    Homemade kids' Christmas list memory ornament hanging on the Christmas tree

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