You know what’s weird?

I was on a podcast yesterday and the host asked me a question and I started crying.

Not sad tears.

Happy tears. The kind of tears you get when you realize Hallmark holiday movies are on non-stop now or when you get the last fresh 27-pound turkey at the store or when you realize that Christmas is only 36 days away and you are kind of ready.

The question was about what I have learned about myself this year.

A LOT was my answer.

And apparently A LOT involved happy tears and a thankful heart.

One of the things I’m thankful for (in addition to Wham’s Christmas album from 1985 and my mother’s advent basket)….

….is YOU.

Thank you for an amazing year.

And to celebrate, I’ve got a surprise for you in December. It’s my way of giving back for everything you’ve given to me. But for now?

Let’s celebrate with an easy, fun monogrammed ornament project you can make in five minutes.

Is there anything better?

How to Make a Monogrammed Ornament


white ornament

paint pen

letter stickers


monogrammed ornament diy

1. Start with a plain white ornament

You want a matte ornament for this to work.

If the ornament has a shiny finish, the paint will slide off or smear.

It was actually hard to find plain white ornaments (in surprising news) so I found this set of 24 on Amazon for under $11.00.(affiliate link)

I chose white, but any light-colored ornament that matches your decor would work for this project.

diy monogrammed ornament

2. Add a letter sticker

You can find letter stickers at most craft stores.

They come in tons of different fonts and sizes. I think this project works best if you find letter stickers that are at least 2″ tall.

You also want the font to be relatively simple. An intricate design may get lost in the dots.

monogram ornament diy project

3. Use a paint pen and add dots

I used a red paint pen for this, but it would also look pretty in metallics like silver or gold or any color that matches your tree.

You want to use a paint pen that’s medium tipped, not too fine.

Then dot all around the sticker.

Make the dots closer together right by the letter and then scatter them out around the ornament when you get farther away from the letter.

monogrammed ornament project

4. Peel off the sticker

Let the paint pen dots dry thoroughly.

Then peel off the letter sticker.

Here’s what it looks like when it’s finished. Isn’t it cute? These would make the best gift ideas for a teacher or hostess gift. Simply add a ribbon to the top and you have the perfect ornament to add to the tree.

I thought this would make such a fun craft for a party or family celebration.

All you need is a bowlful of ornaments, a pack of stickers and some paint pens. The supplies for a group of 15 people would be under $20 and give everyone a gift to take home.

A Christmas crafting miracle.

It’s enough to make me cry happy tears again. 🙂

PS And now?

Here are some other creative and fun and easy projects from some of my favorite bloggers

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DIY Fabric Ornament Balls

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Easy DIY for Pink Christmas Ornaments

I just made these pink Christmas ornaments to add to my new collection of pink Christmas decor. Look how easy these are to make with alcohol ink!

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  1. Image for Nancy Carr Nancy Carr

    I’m going to make the ornaments with initials and a paint pen. Thank you so much for the easy fun ornament idea. You are the best. Blessings

  2. Image for Tina Phillips Tina Phillips

    The initials with paint pens......would also be super cute using a very simple Christmas sticker in place of the letter.......a Christmas tree.....stocking......gingerbread person.....they would all be so cute!!!

    1. Image for AnnTN AnnTN

      It's exactly what it sounds like. It's a pen that dispenses paint instead of ink. It can be purchased at Hobby Lobby or Wal Mart or Amazon or a craft store of your choice.

      1. Image for Kris Kris

        POSCO is one brand and they come in both medium and fine point. You can get them at Joann Fabrics. However, they run about $25 a pack. If you have a Five Below store near you they have paint pens in multi packs for, you guessed it, $5! I don't think you would need a fancy brand for a project like this. Hope that helps!

      1. Image for Kris Kris

        Kathy, a paint pen is a pen that is filled with paint instead of ink. It gives you more control than you would have when painting with a brush. They are fun to use and very popular in craft stores right now. I'm sure you could search for a demonstration of it on a YouTube video if you want to see one in action.

  3. Image for Sheri Sheri

    This is genius of course! I love your writing. The joy is contagious and I’m thankful for your infectious encouragement that’s part of every post. Have a wonderful day Karianne!

  4. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Thank you for this idea...think will have fun with family with this after Thanksgiving dinner. What joy your posts bring to me, thank you for sharing so many great ideas and sharing the joy. Blessings, va in nc

  5. Image for Claire Claire

    Super cute ornament! Thank you for all the infectious joy you bring to a day. I am intrigued by your mention of your Mother's Advent Basket, definitely sounds like it might be special -- More details, please! Thanks so much

  6. Image for DeMarie Ingraham DeMarie Ingraham

    This time of year is perfect for giving thanks. So, thank you, Kari Anne, for a chock-filled year of great home decor and crafting ideas. You just get better with each passing year. I always look forward to your posts. And Gobble ‘til you Wobble is my motto come next Thursday!

  7. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    I love the ornament, and thank you for all the hard work in bringing us so many ideas, they are all so pretty.

  8. Image for Terri Silva Terri Silva

    An ornament party!!! How fun! I'm thinking a slice of paper towel roll would hold the ornament while it dries or as a place card if you made it pretty! So grateful for you!

  9. Image for Carol Carol

    These are beautiful! Was wondering if the paint pen washes off? I would like to try this technique on a coffee mug. I have never used a paint pen, think it would work? Thanks so much and both you and your home look fabulous! Merry Christmas!

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