I "met" a gal on etsy that lives in Longview (and even knows a friend of mine--what a small world!) and she asked me if I could make a square, wooden ornament that was personalized on all sides for her son's First Christmas ornament.
She showed me a picture of what she wanted and asked if I could make it cheaper than the one she'd found.
I am pleased to say that I made it for half what she would have had to pay and minus the shipping since she's in Longview, too.
I'm letting it dry completely (so it's not "tacky") before I let her know it's finished, so I thought I'd take some pictures.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was actually quite simple to make. Maybe I'll do a tutorial for anyone interested in making one of their own. You could probably figure it out yourself, of course, but it's always fun to have someone walk you through it.
Here's a front view. She wanted Christmas paper, but not girly colors.
Here's an attempt at a picture of the bottom.
An attempt at a picture of the top.
I distressed the edges and then sealed the paper with mod podge and the exposed wood areas with a varnish.
I was going to try to use beads somewhere, but I'm just not seeing where. I could hang a short strand from the hook on top and let it drape over one side, but I'm just not sure.
So, Merry First Christmas to Connor!