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Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornament with Mom's Jacket

I must have written, deleted and rewritten today's post a half dozen times as I debated whether to blog about such a personal project. As many of you know I lost my Mom to the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease on November 15th and the holidays have been especially difficult for our family this year.

I felt the need to honor Mom's memory with a meaningful tribute that not only would be cherished this holiday season but for many to come. And so using the jacket Mom wore last Christmas, I made Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornaments for my siblings and the grandchildren.

Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornament

Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornament



I have to thank Denise from My Thrifty House blog for the inspiration for my memorial ornaments after seeing her Embroidery Hoop Plaid Ornaments post.

I decided to pay that inspiration forward by sharing my memorial ornaments in hopes that it too will inspire others to create something special out of a piece of clothing, a blanket, or linens inherited from a loved one who has passed.

Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornaments

When we packed Mom's clothes for donation, I went through her closet to keep some of her favorite blouses. When I saw the jacket, it just had to come home with me to turn into something special.

DIY Memorial Ornament Supplies

In the photo above are some of the materials I used to make the ornament. I've included a Materials List towards the bottom of this post for your convenience.


How to make the memorial ornament

I managed to get enough fabric from the jacket sleeves to make all eleven embroidery hoop ornaments.

Memorial Ornament Using Loved Ones Jacket Sleeves

What you will need is a 3-inch embroidery hoop. What I quickly learned was these were hard to come by where I live, especially during the holidays. Every store was sold out.

Cut the fabric in a square approximately 1-inch larger than the hoop. I should mention that the Singer sewing scissors pictured below were my Mothers. I think of her hunched over her sewing machine when I was a child every time I use them.

Place the inner ring under the fabric and stretch the fabric with the outer ring, tightening the allied gridlock screw. Trim the excess fabric, leaving enough to fold over the backside of the embroidery hoop.

Memorial Ornament Using Embroidery Hoop

Flip the embroidery hoop over and hot glue the excess fabric around the wooden embroidery hoop frame as pictured below.

Memorial Ornament Embroidery Hoop Back

Embellishing the embroidery hoops

I left the wood embroidery hoop frames natural because they pulled the light brown color in the fabric of her jacket.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture from last Christmas of her wearing the jacket where she was facing the camera while smiling. I found many with her turned towards people smiling.

Using a color laser printer on the wallet size setting, to fit the 2"x3" metal photo frames, print the photo on glossy photo paper. Insert into the photo frame and hang from the embroidery hoop with white satin jewelry cording.

Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornament Photo Frame
Next, I cut the greens from a small wreath and hot glued them onto the top of the embroidery hoops.

Slip green florist wire through the tops of small red and white jingle bells and attach them to the embroidery hoop.

For the ornament hanger, slipknot a strand of white satin cording around the gridlock screw and tie in a knot at the top.

DIY Photo Frame Memorial Ornament

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Materials List

3-inch Embroidery Hoop
Fabric (from garment of loved one)
Small Picture Frame Ornaments
Glossy Wallet Size Photo
White Satin Jewelry Cording
Small Red & White Craft Jingle Bells
Christmas Artificial Pine Picks
Hot Glue Gun
Green Florist Wire
Fabric Sewing Scissors
Craft Scissors


DIY Christmas Memorial Ornament

I hope you found my Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornament using Mom's jacket inspiring. Perhaps you know someone who has recently lost a loved one who may find this just the idea they were looking for to honor their loved one during the holidays. If so please save on Pinterest and/or share it with a friend.

How To Make Embroidery Hoop Memorial Ornament

Here is another way I honored my Mom in the Mom's Stool Got A Befitting Makeover post. This was a stool you could always find Mom on in the kitchen while doing dishes and peeling potatoes for her family of nine.

Hold on tight to those you love this holiday season. What I would do for another Sunday afternoon spent holding Mom's hand while looking out the front windows of her care facility.


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How To Create Festive Christmas Planters With Faux Greens

Do you love the look of beautiful Christmas Planters flanking the front door but avoid them at your house because of the maintenance of having to keep them watered? Perhaps you go away for the holidays or you're like me and live in a freeze/thaw environment that wreaks havoc on fresh greens.

I like having my Christmas urns on display by mid-November, but oftentimes they are dry and turning brown by December 25th. So this year I decided to take a different direction and go the faux route. The investment is much higher initially but they'll pay for themselves within two holiday seasons and I never have to worry about forgetting to water them.

Outdoor Christmas Planters With Artificial Greens
In my post How To Fill Outdoor Planters For The Holidays, I share a tip on how to decorate large heavy outdoor planters from the comfort of inside your home.

Pictured below is everything I used to fill each Christmas Planter...
Materials For Outdoor Christmas Planters with faux greens
Towards the bottom of this post, I've included a detailed Materials List for your convenience.

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.


How To Create Outdoor Christmas Planters With Faux Greens



DIY Outdoor Christmas Planter Left With Faux Greens

DIY Outdoor Christmas Planter Right With Faux Greens

Video Tutorial

Here is a quick video to show you how all the elements of creating a Christmas Planter came together one by one.



Written Tutorial

Now let's get into the how-to for filling each planter in the order in which each element is added, starting with the prelit willow branches.

What elements to add first

My prelit willow branches came in a package of three short bundles but I wanted them to be the same height as the curly willow I'd be adding to the center of the pots. To get the height, wire the three bundles together vertically. My suggestion is to save yourself the headache and buy the tall outdoor pre-lit branches.

Add six tall painted curly willow branches around the stem of the prelit branch to help support the weight of the pre-lit branch. Intertwine the curly willow with the pre-lit, fluffing the pre-lit branches so they look full and illuminate the curly willow.

Starting with the longest 36-inch pine spray, add one on each side and one behind the branches, pointing upwards. They will also provide added support to the branches (as pictured below).

Outdoor Christmas Planter With Artificial Pine

Layering the faux greens

Next, add a bushy 34-inch pine split spray with pinecones on each side, also pointing upwards and bending slighting downwards (as pictured below).
Outdoor Christmas Planters With Mixed Artificial Pine

Place the 26-inch cedar & pine spray next on either side and on the front and back, pointing towards (as pictured below).

Outdoor Christmas Planters With Artificial Cedar & Pine

Fill in the gaps on the front with three 12-inch mixed green picks (as pictured below).

Outdoor Christmas Planters with artificial mixed greens

Now for the pretty embellishments

On the left side insert a cluster of three tall red wooden decorative picks (as pictured below). I've had these picks for years and used to stick them in the Christmas Tree. Last year I spray painted them red and wired three together at different heights. I call them my Madonna picks, get it?

Outdoor Christmas Planter embellished with wood picks

On either side of the tall branches insert a tall artificial berry pick for a pop of red (as pictured below).

Outdoor Christmas Planters with artificial berry picks

Wire the large pinecone and grapevine ball and place them in front of the Madonna picks (as pictured below).

Outdoor Christmas Planters embellished with large pine cone

You can skip this embellishment if you like, and I seriously considered it. Wire a plaid bow in front of the pinecone and grapevine ball (as pictured below). If the planters are quite full, a smaller bow would work just as well.

Outdoor Christmas Planters with plaid bow

To Make A Floral Bow

  • Roll out a strand of ribbon 6-inches long (first tail).
  • Fold the ribbon over.
  • Measure a strand of ribbon 8-inches long over the previous strand.
  • Fold the ribbon over.
  • Measure another strand of ribbon 8-inches long over the previous strand.
  • Repeat the last two steps until you have 8 stacked loops.
  • Fold the ribbon over.
  • Measure a strand of ribbon 2-inches long over the last strand (center loop).
  • Fold the ribbon over.
  • Measure one last strand 6-inches long (second tail).
  • Tie the ribbon with a 16-inch piece of florist wire in the center.
  • You should now have eight 4-inch loops on either side.
  • Fan open the loops and fluff each loop open.
  • Place the 2-inch loop over the florist wire to conceal.
  • Separate the two 6-inch tails
  • Cut the ends of the tails.
  • Long strands of florist wire used to attach the bow to Christmas Planter greens.

Place decorated plastic inserts into your tall planters, admire your work and forget about them until after the holidays!

Now, this sounds counter-intuitive but I watered the faux greens in like you would fresh greens to freeze them in. This step isn't necessary but my planters are out in the open where there is a bit of a wind tunnel so this is extra security to prevent the smaller embellishments from flying off with the wind.

Here are my Christmas Planters in our tall heavy plant pots flanking the front door.

Outdoor Christmas Planters Using Faux Greens

...and this is what they look like at night illuminated by the pre-lit branches.

Outdoor Christmas Planters with Faux Greens at night

For a couple of years, we had tall lanterns with mixed greens on top of each planter but I missed having traditional Christmas Urns. I like the idea of having both the holiday planters and lanterns to welcome guests during the holidays. The lanterns we made from salvaged scraps for a fraction of the cost of buying large lanterns. You can see how we made them here in the post, Large DIY Holiday Lanterns.

Materials List (per pot)

Plastic Flower Pot Insert with dirt
6 Tall Painted Curly Willow
4 Cedar/Pine Greens 26"
3 Mixed Green Picks 12"
2 Artificial Berry Picks
1 Large Pinecone 11"
1 Grapevine Ball
3 Tall Red Wooden Decorative Picks
2 1/2" Plaid Wired Christmas Ribbon
Green Florist Wire

The total cost to make these Christmas Planters with artificial greens was approximately $150 per pot. I just heard you gasp but if you compare the cost of using fresh greens every year, these will have paid for themselves within 2-3 holiday seasons. You could easily spend this amount per pot every year if you had them made by your local greenhouse or flower shop.

For those of you, like me, with black thumbs who prefer the fill and forget option for Christmas Planters, save it on Pinterest to refer back to and/or share it with a friend. If you purchase good quality artificial greens, it is hard to tell they aren't the real thing unless you touch them.

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