10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Holiday Ornaments
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When I was little, it seemed that each ornament held a story, whether it was the paper-cut animals that my mother made as a recent RISD graduate, or the pale orbs of the vintage lights inherited from my father's mother, or Grandma Sylvia's felt baker man from Norway. Today I can still tell you the tale behind each of my ornaments, from the Guatemalan worry santas I bought during my first Christmas after college to the glitter rabbit I purchased last month at ABC Carpet and Home while in New York for the Remodelista book launch . If you, too, are looking for storied ornaments to trim your tree, we suggest the following, all of which were inspired by nature and shaped by hand. Above: From Germany, the Snug Trio , a set of geometric wooden pendants that you assemble; €16.90 . Above: One of my all-time favorite ornaments is a laser-cut snowflake made by Quite Alright of Colorado that we featured in our 2011 Holiday Ornament Roundup . This year, Quite Alright has produced another original line of simple yet inspired ornaments, such as this Dala Horse , one of a set of 4 horses that are each painted differently and on both sides; $13. Above: Made by Etsy seller Eljuks in Finland, this Set of 6 Hand-Crocheted Cotton Snowflakes are as delicate and individual as the real thing; $16. Also available individually or in sets of up to 15 mini flakes. Above: Woodland Tale's Red and Gray Bird Hanging Ornament is hand stitched in the Ukraine from recycled cotton; $29. Above: Paperiaarre's Origami Star Set is made in Finland from vintage discarded books; $10 for three. Above: From Timo Handmade of Tel Aviv, this canvas trio of Royal Dwarf Angels has dragonfly wings and just a touch of gilding; $75. Individual Angels are $25 each. Above: Pilosale's Fabric Engraving Ornaments are printed with 19th century engravings. $38 for three at Terrain. Above: Maisy and Alice's Vintage Style 3-D Paper Baubles are modeled after mid-century decorations. In addition to white, they're made in ivory, light gray, and red; $9 for three. Above: More handwork from Quite Alright, a fragrant Set of 3 Balsam Fir Sachet Trees ; $15. Above: From our friend Lisa Jones of Pigeon Toe Ceramics in Portland, Oregon, this hand-thrown porcelain Ribbed Bell Ornament has a ceramic clapper and hangs from a leather cord that comes in seven colors (cherry, shown here); $24 each. Looking for more holiday trim? Get inspired by all of our Favorite Holiday Decor . And to make sure we've got everyone on your list covered, we're posting a new gift guide every weekday from now until Christmas. See all of the Gift Guides to date in our archive.