DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

One project I wanted to try out this Christmas is making a “Letters to Santa” garland. I thought it would be fun to use a mix of cute envelopes, and handwritten notes.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

I had the kids write some letters to Santa & I put them on the garland. I love the personal touch they add, and hope to add new letters from them every year.

Here’s a video of the whole process:

So to start off, I cut some standard envelopes into smaller envelopes of various sizes.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

Then I dipped the letters into a tray full of black coffee.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

How long you keep them will determine the color that they turn once dry.

Dry them in your oven at 400 for 1-2 minutes. Keep a close watch on them, as you don’t want to start a fire.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

I didn’t want to waste any money on using real stamps, so we just drew and painted ours on.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

Here you can see the mix of various paper, envelopes, letters, and printed out sheet music we created for our garland. My kids had a blast being a part of this. And I didn’t have to fake any sloppy kid writing- because it was all authentic. Haha!

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

I simply sewed it all together, overlapping the pieces as I went.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

I even made a bunch of these into individual envelope letter ornaments for the tree.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

Here is the main garland all finished.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

I really wanted the garland to go on our tree in the kitchen, but I am also feeling the urge to make another one for the living room now.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

Isn’t it pretty?

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

I can’t wait to add more of the kid’s letters to Santa through out the years. What a precious keepsake that will be.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

And what I love most about this garland is that we made it together.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

One of my favorite memories from early on in our marriage, was cutting up greeting cards people had sent us for our wedding & Christmas to use as ornaments for our tree because we couldn’t buy new ones.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

So it makes me happy to stay true to our roots and create the ornaments for our tree and decor. Beauty doesn’t have to be store bought. Homemade can be just as cozy & pretty.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

It’s really such a  simple concept, but it looks awesome once done.

DIY Dear Santa Letter & Envelope Garland Christmas Tree Ornaments

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