12 days of christmas ornaments

December 15, 2010

12 days
Last year, my Christmas craft idea was to make an ornament(s) for each of the 12 days of Christmas inspired by Brian Wildsmith's beautiful book.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
The project was a lot of fun until about day 9 at which point my 2 year old lost interest in the crafting and the number of ornaments got a little out of control...but I pressed on and finished it! You can read about each day and ornament here.

I didn't know if I should save the ornaments or toss them out last year (everything was made from items from the recycle box), but ended up keeping them (pack rat that I am.)

Most of them held up pretty well and it was so much more fun to just hang them on our tree while singing the song together than trudging through 12 days of crafting again!

Juliet has no memory of the making of the ornaments--she was genuinely surprised and intrigued by all of them as we pulled them out of the box. In particular, she fell in love with the two turtledoves and their bird house. (She's been using it as a fairy house.)

Last year, I was convinced that I would never find another version of the 12 days of Christmas as beautiful or inspiring as Wildsmith's, but as luck would have it, I stumbled across this little gem at goodwill a few months ago.

The Twelve Days of Christmas A Christmas Carol illustrated by Sheilah Beckett
The only reason I didn't embark on yet another 12 days of Christmas crafting craze inspired by these illustrations is the fact that I have a 2 month old that requires all of my energy and then some. So maybe next year.

I especially love all of the woman's beautiful outfits--they are different on every page! (Rather than a bunch of birds as gifts, I'd love to have 12 days of clothing gifts!)
Juliet likes how "they get married" at the end. Each page is so detailed, it's fun to just look at the pictures even without singing the song.

Do you have a favorite book version of this song or an ornament to share?


Chels said...

I remember your recycled ornaments from last year and I was amazed with what you came up with!

My favorite versions of this story are both by Hilary Knight and you recommended one of them on here. A Firefly in a a Fir Tree: A Carol for Mice and The Twelve Days of Christmas are sweet stories with beautiful and detailed illustrations.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Oh, thanks, Chels! I like picking up multiple versions of the same story and seeing how different artists interpret it. I always like your suggestions, too. :)

Leigh said...

I have one I would NOT recommend: Elmo's 12 days of Christmas. I think that one might not make it back into the attic for next year... the Goodwill box might be calling its name. I am so sick of singing that thing.

Vanessa, I have a question for you - how do you deal with used book funky smell? Any tips or tricks of making a book smell better? I picked up a book at a thrift store, and none of us really like to read it because of the smell, though it's quite a lovely book...

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I found that version as a Little Golden Book for 50 cents at an op shop last year and made it into a Christmas garland, we love it too :)


vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Leigh--I usually pour some baking soda in between the pages, let it sit for a few days and then vacuum it out. Sometimes it works, but if they are really stinky.....nothing helps! :)

Christie---that garland is gorgeous! I'm in love with it.

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