Tutorial: Memory Glass Ornaments

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Making ornaments this weekend was a surefire way to get into the holiday spirit! We got our tree, did most of the decorating, and pulled out our ridiculously large collection of Christmas music.

I had the tunes cranking while I made these ornaments using 2″ square Memory Frames from Eclectic Paperie. You can fit up to three layers of paper in each, and they’re very easy to use. Just lay out the pieces you want visible (front and back), plus a scrap to serve as a third layer if needed (depending on the thickness of the paper you choose).


Stack the pieces with the glass serving as outermost parts, and gently set into the opened frame (it hinges open and closed quite easily):


Once it’s held in place, continue closing the frame and slide the little tab on the upper right into the slot on the side.  All set!

It’s important to remember that anything you add (besides ink) counts as a layer.  I added a little punched snowflake to the snowman with the red scarf, and that meant not adding any other paper.  Same with the words I added to the blueprint snowman – that frame is full now with three layers (stamped image, back paper, and stamped words).

The larger snowman ornament has a sparkly gem glued to the outside of the glass above the punched snowflake, giving it a nice 3D appearance.  The Christmas tree and full-body snowman are from Tim Holtz’s new Mini Blueprints stamp set.

I stamped these on Specialty Stamping Paper which really makes a difference.  It’s a bit more expensive but it takes ink like buttah! It’s especially useful on small projects like this… I don’t use it all the time but it really pops when I do. I masked off the two snowmen so I could keep their whites, white. Using a combo of Distress Markers and Distress Inks, I colored them in.  I used magazine cut-outs so the backs will be nice looking when hanging on my tree.


Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. The frames and glass are available in a variety of sizes at Eclectic Paperie and they can be used for jewelry making, as well.

Have a great week!


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Your comments are very much appreciated!


  1. I’m finally getting around again. =)
    Love these ornaments! I love those stamps too, so versatile.

  2. Very cute! Great tutorial.

  3. They’re gorgeous! I love the detail in the blueprint snowman with the words and check boxes.
    This would be a great post for my Simple Christmas Linky list over at the SustainableSuburbia.net. I’d love you to come and share it 🙂

  4. A wonderful tutorial and a jolt to remind me to use the frames that I have in 2013 – was saving for a rainy day lol, I have a terrible habit of saving items instead of having fun and using them!

  5. WOW Marjie! These are excellent!! Thank you for the tutorial!!!

  6. these are absolutely darling

  7. Wow I love these! What a great gift they would make!

  8. Oh I LOVE LOVE them!!. Funky and beautiful!.

  9. For some reason I am not getting your feed…ugh! These are fabulous Marjie…pinning! What a fast and festive idea for Christmas or any time! Love your coloration!

  10. These look fab, Marjie! I love the use of the blueprint stamps,
    Lucy x

  11. Just perfect xmas ornaments Marjie! I have some of those frames I havent used yet!!!!

  12. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Beautiful! I love the first ornaments, bit the small stamped and glimmer images you put in the ornaments- looks fabulous!!! I love this idea- will have to Pintrest it!

  13. I totally love these- gotta make em! tfs 🙂

  14. Wow – these are beautiful!

  15. Beautiful. your ornaments would be great for earings. Very, very creative and extremely pretty

  16. Oh so cute, Marjie! I’m gonna have to remember this idea for NEXT year!

  17. Thanks for the tutorial, the ornaments are wonderful.

  18. Fantastic idea! Love the ornaments. 🙂

  19. Wow…love these!! Thanks for the tip about the layers…I thought of making something like this in the smaller size…so that is good to know! xo Evie

  20. These are great, Marjie!!!

  21. Lovely glass ornaments Marjie…you did great …
    bye bye, Alie 🙂

  22. These are so cute! – Love the mini-blueprints, and it’s good to see how simple those frames are to use, and how good they look when they’re done this well!! Thanks so much for the how-to…
    Alison xx

  23. Wonderful festive ornaments Marjie, great tute! x

  24. NIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE!! Very snazzy! Thank you.

  25. Your ornaments are fabulous Marjie and it looks quite easy to do too! I have had these frames for ages now, but no glass, but I might have a go with glossy accents instead. Gorgeous festive ornaments and thanks for the great tutorial. Hugs, Anne x

  26. Love your fabulous and funny ornaments, Marjie!

  27. These are darling.

  28. Marjie, I love these! They look great! Thanks for the tut, I’ll be trying these myself.

  29. OM Stars! Marjie, these look soooo fun, thanks for the great instructions.. Love them.
    Hugs Vada

  30. Hi Marjie loving these glass ornaments. I just received these stamps today from SSS where I was lucky enough to have won a further 50$ .
    You have certainly given me some inspiration.
    Annie x

  31. Darling! I’ve been wanting to try these out for ages…this is good inspiration for me to get moving! 🙂

  32. they are gorgeous! i’ll take one of each please. No, no need to wrap them, it’s for my personal consumption 🙂

  33. These will look lovely on the tree! Valerie

  34. Sandra ltb says:

    looks like fun.
    Sandra ltb

  35. How simple is that frame to use. These are so charming, your snow,en really do pop! Thanks for sharing the techniques in your tutorial. xox

  36. Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! These are gorgeous!! I love love love them!!!

  37. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    These are great, Marjie! I love handmade ornaments, and these are super sweet.

  38. Ho , Ho, Ho – these look great. Love all the details.

  39. Lynn Stevens says:

    Nothing like some Christmas music to get you in the spirit of things! Darling ornaments Marjie! I’m picturing you singing along while your crafting away!
    Hugs Lynn


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