For the last several years I've participated in a Christmas gift exchange with a number of my online friends. We've found that ornaments are the best for a long distance exchange but coming up with a new idea is always a challenge. I met it this year when I found 4 inch wooden block letters at Michael's. I chose the first initial of the last name of each of my friends & painted them to suit the shape of the letter.
My original idea was to repaint them in more Christmasy colors but at the last minute I decided to go with them "as is". I'm happy I did because I really am quite pleased with the bright cheery look of them.
Some of the designs are my own but I went to "Free Clip Art" online to find suitable drawings & ideas for the others. It was fairly easy to capture & size the drawings to fit before printing them. I used a carbon paper to trace them onto the letters & painted them with acrylics. For a bit of glitzing, I glued on tiny flat backed gemstones (the ones used for decorating fingernails) for holly berries, ornaments, etc.
Hubby drilled a hole in the top of each so I could put in a screw eyelet & ribbon for hanging. I purposely hung most of them at an angle rather than trying to make them level---impossible with some of them.
Since there were 2 J's, Hubby chose the one with the Santa for us to keep. I'm still trying to find my favorite. I like the way the santa hat follows the curve of the letter S, but the snowflake & Christmas tree wrap neatly around the sides of their letters. Then there's that sweet little bird sitting on the tree limb---or the snowman---or candy canes---
They've been mailed off &, so far, I've had good reviews on them.