Potterybarn Inspired: Monogram Ornament

I love Pottery Barn Christmas Ornaments!  When I saw this SUPER CUTE Glitter Monogram Ornament, I knew I had to recreate my own knockoff!
My sweet mother-in-law and I had a wonderful time this weekend shopping {scouting ideas} from our favorite stores.  Potterybarn had this simple ornament and I’m a sucker for anything monogrammed! This is found in-store only.  The price was too much when you consider it would take little effort to be duplicated!  Every crafter is different, but I’m not one to fill a shopping cart of goodies to make something that ends up costing more than if I’d bought it ready-made from the store.  This craft has my stamp of approval for simplicity!

You’ll need a sheet of cream or white card stock {whatever you have on hand}, a computer and a printer.  As soon as I saw the template ornament, I knew the font I wanted to use!  I found a great font to imitating Potterybarn’s ornament. It’s simple, but unique.  Arno Pro {I set my text size to 200 in my word document}.

Next I used a drinking cup and traced around the letter.  I didn’t want to purchase a punch from the craft store, but if you have one on hand feel free to use it.  I personally take great pride in how great I am at cutting out circles!  LOL!  You’ll want to cut two circles.  One with your favorite initial and the other plain.
Paint a coat of mod podge on the plain sheet of paper and lie the monogrammed circle on top of the plain circle so that your ornament is extra thick, but the initial is still visible.  Use a bit of elmer’s glue and line the rim of the circle.

Cover the glue with glitter.

Paint a SUPER thin coat of mod podge to the bell {careful not too much or the glue will reach the bell and you won’t have a jingle anymore ~ been there, done that}.  Sprinkle some glitter on the glue.  Let it dry and recoat the bell with another thin coat of mod podge

Once the glitter and glue have dried, paint a thin coat of mod podge over the entire ornament to minimize the spread of glitter!
Let the ornament dry completely.  Use a hole puncher {use a thin punch if you have one} at the top of the ornament to make one small hole.  Separate a 8 inch piece of jute string so that you just have one string {keep it combined if your hole is a larger size).
String the bell with floral wire and place the wire through the jute string.  Pull the jute string through so that both ends are even.  Hold both strings together, wrap them around to make a loop at the end and tuck the end through the loop.  Pull tight.
Add your newest Potterybarn-ish ornament to your tree and step back to enjoy.  Consider making one for each member of your family, to attach and hang from your stockings or attach them to gifts!  It would take five minutes and some dry time to make a couple dozen of these!  I love it when a craft has a good payoff both in time and money!


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  1. valarie says:

    Too adorable for words, oh, and the ornament is cute too!

  2. LOVE it! I’m adding this to my to do for Christmas! Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Great copycat ornament!

  4. Love this knockoff! I love Pottery Barn but not their prices sometimes! This is a great way to get the look for less – great tute!

  5. Jane says:

    So cute! Great tutorial too – I know just what you mean about ending up with a basketful of stuff that ends up costing more than if you’d just bought the item in the first place!!! Love the way you still cut your own circles too – handcrafting – the way to go!
    p.s. Came from Tip Junkie

  6. So cute!!!! I’ll have to try it!!! thanks!

  7. Very very pretty. Love this idea. I would love for you to share this at my special holiday linky party going on right now! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/12/12-days-of-christmas-holiday-linky.html

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!
    ~Nikki …xoxo

  8. @MimiYou are SO welcome!!!

    XO, Aimee

  9. I love this idea. You did a great job and your instructions are easy to follow (always a plus).


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