When my daughter graduated from high school, her gift from us was a family trip to Disneyland and she was allowed to bring a friend. This summer it’s my son’s turn. We told him we’d still bring his sister, since he got to go on her trip, even though she’ll be married by then. So who did my son choose as his friend to bring along? His soon-to-be brother-in-law! Some days I think the kids are all more excited about that trip to Disneyland than the wedding.
Since we have a Disney trip on the calendar, I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas ornament to count down to it. Anticipation is half the fun.
This ornament is a great way to reuse old mason jar lids and is easy enough to make with the kids. To make this ornament, you'll need one wide-mouth ring and lid, two regular-mouth rings and lids, black paint that's safe for metal (spray or brush on), black chalkboard paint, ribbon and a glue gun. This is a great way to recycle old canning lids. If you're not using mason jars yourself, odds are pretty good that someone will gift you some, filled with some homemade goodness.
Paint the rings with the metal paint on all sides. Paint the top of the lids with the chalkboard paint. If your ornament will hang where the back will show, you may want to paint the other side of the lids as well.
Cut 18" of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half over the edge of the large ring. Hold it in place while you complete the next step. You could also use baker's twine, yarn or other cord, just make sure it fits between the ring and lid.
Turn the large ring so it's top down, as shown above. Run a bead of hot glue inside the edge. Insert the large lid with the chalkboard side down.
Do the same with the small rings, except insert the lids with the chalkboard side up.
Make sure each piece is turned so it has the chalkboard side facing up, then glue the small rings to the large one on either side of the ribbon. Use a generous amount of glue and hold in place until the glue has cooled enough to hold.
Tie the ribbon.
Write something fun on your chalkboards, like how many days are left until your next Disney trip, and Mickey is ready to hang on your tree!