Ornament Exchange – Outlander Ornament

Ornament-Exchange-1-683x1024-683x1024I am participating in a Blogger Ornament Exchange and am super excited about it.  Erlene from over at My Pinterventions organized 80+ bloggers and paired us up with a partner to either make or buy a Christmas ornament to exchange with each other for a maximum of $10.  Each day of November a group of bloggers posts their ornaments and tutorials for us.

I am participating in #ornamentexchange with a group of amazing bloggers! DIY Ornaments Click To Tweet

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My exchange partner

I was paired up with the lovely Sarah from Flourish & Knot.   After searching her blog I noticed that she had a post where she made her own Claire Fraser dress from Outlander, my friends and I are super into Outlander, Scotland, Jamie Fraser, accents, kilts, etc.  I decided to do an Outlander themed ornament for her tree.  She posts her ornament to me later on this month.  Don’t forget to visit her blog and check it out too.

Outlander themed ornament. An ode to romantic Scotland and have Jamie & Claire on your tree.  Could easily adapt to any of your favourite books.

My girlfriends and I were having a sleepover weekend and we each had to bring a craft, I decided to use this as my craft.  Since we are all Outlander fans and love doing crafts I thought it would be the perfect craft for us.  It was pretty awesome.  We had a lot of fun making them and I was pretty excited with how they turned out.

Are you an Outlander fan? Try making this Outlander-themed ornament for a taste of Scotland Click To Tweet

Supplies Needed

  • Spray paint (gold or silver)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Charm (gold or silver)
  • Coordinating ribbon – I used plaid to go with the Scottish theme
  • Coordinating embroidery thread
  • Books – I used a Voyager book, part of the Outlander series
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Gun & glue
  • Scissors

Ornament DIY 1


Part 1

Take your cookie cutter outside and spray paint it.  I had never done this before so I found there was a bit of a learning curve, I got better with practice.  Stay 12 inches away to spray and do it in short bursts.  Put down a big cardboard box or newspaper as it really sprays everywhere Don’t forget to do the inside and outside of the cookie cutter.

Part 2

While the spray paint is drying you have to choose your page.  I did not know this was such a lengthily process, but I soon learned it took each of us 5-10 minutes to choose our page.  Some wanted to make sure it was PG friendly (aka no mention of what was going on beneath his kilt), some wanted to get his full name (James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser) and others were picking the passage based on their favourite scenes, like me, I love the scene where Marsala marries Fergus on the beach with the crazy priest and the sheep, so I had to find a passage that fit inside the cookie cutter that you could still read. We picked two sections each, one for the front and one for the back.

Part 3

Do a second coat of the spray paint.Outlander-blue-cover-198x300

Glue your pages to the front and back of the cardstock, keeping in mind what will be read inside the ornament.

Check and see if your cookie cutter is dry, if it still needs longer make yourself a cup of tea and read more passages while you wait.

Part 4

Once the cookie cutter is dry tie your ribbon around the top of the cookie cutter.  Tie the charm to a piece of embroidery thread and tie that to the ribbon too.

Use a glue gun to glue the ornament to the paper.  Cut around the outside edge to get rid of the access paper.

That’s it!  You could adapt this ornament to pretty well any book you love, it’s all about the ornament charm and the pages chosen.

Ornament DIY 2


Outlander themed ornament. An ode to romantic Scotland and have Jamie & Claire on your tree.  Could easily adapt to any of your favourite books.


Please check out some of the other lovely ornaments in my group who posted their links today.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking out my ornament.  Please check out some of the other awesome ones too.

A mom of two trying to stay sane while running a household, working part-time from home and looking after her baby, toddler and husband.


  1. avatar
    Jessica says:

    Having made this with Hilary, I can assure you that our was quite easy, and turned out very nicely! I loved the idea!

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    Olga says:

    I love! I took part too in this exchange and it was so much fun getting to know another blogger and dipping my toe in the DIY world. I think i will make a customized ornament for the book lovers in my life.

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    Katie says:

    What a beautiful what to use the cookie cutter and give a nod to something so meaningful to your partner! This turned out so cute and there are so many possibilities for other variations on this main idea. Beautiful job, I’m another ornament exchange participant and am really enjoying checking everyone’s ideas out!
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      Hil says:

      Thanks Katie!! I love yours too. I thought it was store bought at first. So creative and fun that you have so much in common with your partner. My grandpa was born in Germany, but that’s about as German as I get lol

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