Give an Ornament a New Life

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Handmade ornaments are so delicate and pretty. The tiny figures in this ornament’s nativity scene are handmade from dough and set into a small grapevine wreath embellished with moss. Hanging on a tree, it never seemed to get the attention it deserved and was easy to overlook among all the other trimmings. Worse, it was at risk of being damaged from the routine handling of putting it on the tree, taking it down and storing it every year..

A small shadowbox frame from the Dollar Tree now showcases and protects this ornament. All it took was a bit of silk fabric glued to the back board of the frame (although I think burlap may have looked even better) and a short length of grossgrain ribbon stapled to the back to create a bow for hanging. Now this ornament has become an interesting piece in its own right, worthy of the time it took to create in the first place.

If you have a delicate, relatively flat ornament that could have more impact as a display (or that needs a better method of safekeeping), find a shadowbox for it and give it another life. It may be even prettier off your tree than on it.