It’s my fifth year making an ornament for my mother-in-law’s DIY ornament exchange. I love doing this with my new family. It’s so fun to think of and create different ornaments each year. They have all meant something special to me. This is why when I came up with the idea for this year’s, both my husband and I were surprised that I hadn’t thought of it previously!!
If you have been here for any length of time, you know that I am obsessed with all things Welsh: the language, the culture, the history, the mythology, everything. I studied abroad in Wales SEVEN years ago! My mother-in-law likes it when the ornament we create has a story behind it. My first year, I made an ornament based on my favorite Christmas song. My second year was my favorite Christmas story. My third year was my favorite Christmas prophecy scripture. My fourth year was my longing for Utah. So, when I was trying to come up with an idea for this year, and I thought of Wales, I was flabbergasted I hadn’t thought of it before.
It was actually very easy to make–it took me less than two hours. The hardest part was the dragon. The Welsh flag has a very peculiar red dragon on it–when you see this dragon, you know it represents Wales. However, I couldn’t find any stencils that were in any stores or inexpensive online. So, I had to create my own. I bought some foam paper and a straight-edge blade. I printed out a black silhouette of the Welsh dragon and cut a small circle around it. I glued it to a piece of the foam. Then, I gently and slowly used the blade to cut the outline of the Welsh dragon into the foam. This alone took about 30 minutes. Then, I had my very own Welsh dragon stencil or stamp!
This year, my in-laws retired from Georgia to Utah, so my mother-in-law decreased her DIY ornament exchange to just the women in the family. So, I only made 6.
6 3×5 thin wooden blocks (size of an index card) from Michaels
1 can of green acrylic paint
1 can of white acrylic paint
1 can of red acrylic paint
1 straight-edge blade
1 stamp or stencil of the Welsh dragon
3 foam brushes
hammer and nails and scissors
gold fine acrylic pen
- Paint the top half white and paint the bottom half green. Let dry.
- Use the stencil or the stamp to paint a red dragon on the middle. Let dry.
- Use the pen to write “Nadolig Llawen” on the top and Merry Christmas on the bottom.
- Use the hammer and nail to punch two small holes at the top corners of the ornament.
- Thread the twine through the holes and tie a knot at each end.
See, super simple and easy. Honestly, you can do this with any flag and any language! Have yourself a very diverse Christmas.