Get Crafty: 30 Ornaments to Level Up Christmas

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Making your own handmade ornaments is a fun, festive way to get into the holiday spirit. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have a one-of-a-kind tree topper that no one else will have.

There are many different ways to make your own Christmas ornaments—from simple projects using materials you probably already have around the house, to more complex designs that require special tools and skills. Therefore, you may make some lovely DIY ornaments this year, regardless of whether you are an expert crafter or have never held a needle and thread in your life.

This blog post will show you 30 different ways you can make your own homemade Christmas ornaments. So get out your supplies and get ready to be crafty to create memories and decorations that will last a lifetime by trying out one (or all!) of our DIY ornament ideas this year.

How to Make Christmas Ornaments

Get Inspired by Looking at Pictures of Christmas Ornaments Online

Christmas is a time when people make memories and partake in activities that will last a lifetime. Different people have diverse traditions for observing the Christmas holiday. Maybe it’s driving around to see houses decked out in lights, putting up a tree and hanging ornaments, or baking cookies. This year, expand your world and get some inspiration on how to be crafty by looking at pictures of Christmas ornaments online. 

You can find ideas for every type of ornament, from simple and traditional to more complex and creative. One great way to get inspired is to look at different materials that you could use to make your ornaments. For example, if you’re interested in making a snowman ornament, you could use white felt, pipe cleaners, and buttons. Or if you want to make an ornament out of a picture frame, you could use scrapbooking materials like stickers and ribbons. 

There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafting your own ornaments, so take a look at some pictures online and get started.

Choose an Ornament Design 

Christmas ornament designs can be as simple or as intricate as you want them to be. If you’re looking for a quick and easy project, choose a design that is simple and straightforward. If you’re looking for something more challenging, choose a more intricate design.

When choosing an ornament design, consider the following factors:

  • The materials you have available
  • The skills you possess
  • The time you have available
  • The size of the ornament
  • The complexity of the ornament.

Once you’ve considered these factors, choose a design that is best suited to your needs.

Gather Your Materials

Now that you are familiar with the different kinds of ornament designs, take some time to learn about the materials required to make these ornaments. Materials needed are:

Other materials include bells, sequins, beads, paintbrushes etc.

Trace the Pattern Onto the Felt

Christmas ornaments don’t have to be store-bought! You can easily make your own using simple materials like felt and a tracing pattern.

  • Download or find a tracing pattern for a Christmas ornament online. Many designs are available, so you’re sure to find one that fits your style.
  • Cut a piece of felt in the shape of the ornament. If you’re using a pattern, cut the felt slightly smaller than the shape so it’s easier to sew around the edges.
  • Trace the pattern onto the felt using a fabric marker. Be sure to press hard so the markings will show up well on the felt
  • Sew around the edges of the ornament using a sewing machine or by hand. If you’re using a pattern, be sure to follow the lines closely so your ornament will look neat and professional.

Cut Out the Ornament Shape

One of the easiest ways to make a DIY ornament is to cut out a shape from some paper. You can use construction paper, wrapping paper, or any other type of paper you have on hand.

To cut out the shape, use scissors to carefully cut out the desired shape. You can make any design you want, so be creative!

To make a tree ornament, you can use a star- or Christmas tree-shaped template as a guide. Just be sure to leave enough space around the edge of the shape so that you can attach it to the ornament hanger later.

Once you have cut out the shape, use a hole punch to make a small hole at the top of the ornament. This is where you will thread the string or ribbon later.

 Now that you have your DIY ornament shape, it’s time to sew the ornament together.

Sew the Ornament Together

You can easily make your own Christmas ornaments with a little bit of sewing. You can use any type of fabric you want, and you can get as creative as you want with the design.

 To sew an ornament, you’ll need:

  • Fabric scraps in different colors and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Follow the guide below to sew:

  • Cut a piece of fabric that’s about 6×6 inches. You can make it bigger or smaller if you want, but this is a good size to start with
  • Cut another piece of fabric that’s about 2×6 inches. This will be the strap for your ornament.
  • Sew the two pieces of fabric together, using a sewing machine or needle and thread. Make sure to leave a space open at the top of the ornament so you can fill it with stuffing later
  • Once the fabric is sewn together, turn the ornament inside out so the seams are hidden on the inside
  • Fill the ornament with stuffing until it’s nice and plump. Then sew up the opening at the top so the stuffing doesn’t fall out
  • Cut a piece of ribbon that’s about 12 inches long. Tie it into a bow and tie it around the top of your ornament
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon if necessary.

Your ornament is now complete. To learn how to sew an ornament together accurately, watch the lesson step guide: How to Sew an Ornament Together-Youtube

Add Embellishments to Your Ornament

Adding embellishments to your ornament is a great way to make it unique and personal. You can use anything from sequins and beads to ribbons and lace. Here are a few ideas:

  • Glue on sequins, beads, or other small decorations
  • Decorate with ribbon or lace
  • Wrap a piece of wire around the ornament for added interest
  • Add a bow or other decorative element.

This is a great way to use up any craft supplies you have around the house. Get creative and have fun with it.

Hang Your Ornament on the Tree

After you create your ornament and add decorations to make it more beautiful, the next step is to find the perfect place to hang it on your Christmas tree. If you’re using a real tree, ensure the ornament is securely fastened, so it doesn’t fall and break. You can use a clear fishing line or thin ribbon to do this.

 You can hang the ornaments on the branches if you have an artificial tree. Again, ensure they’re secure, so they don’t fall and break.

 You can also hang your ornaments from the ceiling or a doorway. This is a great way to add extra holiday cheer to your home and create extraordinary holiday memories.

Different Types of Ornament Designs

Christmas ornaments come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but some of the most popular designs are tree-shaped ornaments. To get you started, here are some wonderful ideas for Christmas ornaments that you can make yourself:

Paper Snowflakes Ornaments

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Paper snowflakes are among the most common and widely used forms of Christmas decorations. Not only are they simple to assemble, but you can make them your own with a few creative touches.

Making paper snowflakes is a tradition that dates back centuries. However, the process is simple: draw a simple snowflake design and cut out the shape; fold it in half; and cut along the folded edge. Repeat this process until you have the desired shape.

Additionally, there are many ways to personalize your snowflakes. You can use different paper colors, add glitter or sequins, or even use stickers.

Salt Dough Ornaments


Salt dough ornaments are a fun, easy way to get into the Christmas spirit. Not only are they pretty, but they also smell great. Here’s how to make them:

  • Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 cup flour, and 1/4 cup water until it forms a dough. If it’s too sticky, add more flour until it’s manageable
  • The dough should be rolled out to a thickness of about 1/4 inch on a lightly dusted surface. Using a cookie cutter, cut out the appropriate form (or use any other sharp object). To hang the ornament afterward, make a hole on top of it.
  • Bake for 2-3 hours or until the ornament is hard and dry to the touch. Let cool before decorating with paint, glitter or anything else you like.

Yarn Ball Ornaments

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These cute ornaments are a fun and easy way to decorate your tree or home for Christmas. They are made by wrapping yarn around a Styrofoam ball and attaching a ribbon hanger. With any color of yarn, you can easily personalize these ornaments to your liking.

Yarn ball personalized ornaments add a touch of rustic charm to your Christmas decorations. They are also very lightweight, so they won’t weigh down your tree branches. You can make them in any color you like and mix different colors together to create a unique effect.

Pine Cone Ornaments

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Pinecone ornaments are one of the simplest DIY ornaments to make. They are a simple and easy way to add some rustic charm to your Christmas tree this year. All you need is a pinecone, some ribbon, and some glue.

First, cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to go around the pinecone twice. Glue one end of the ribbon to the top of the pinecone, and then wrap it around the cone until you reach the other end. Glue those ends down and trim off any excess ribbon.

You can leave your ornament as it is or add a little decoration by glueing it on sequins, glitter, or other small objects. Let your imagination run wild!

Embroidery Hoop Ornament

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Decorate your Christmas tree with stunning embroidery hoop ornaments. They are easy to construct, and you can design them to be as unique as you wish.

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions to create this elegant ornament:

  • Cut a piece of fabric large enough to fit around the outside of the hoop
  • Fold over the edges of the fabric so that it is about 1/2 inch wide
  • Use a hot glue gun to glue the fabric to the hoop
  • Add any decorations you like (sequins, beads, ribbon, etc.

Fabric Scrap Ornament

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This ornament is made from fabric scraps that are sewn together into a simple patchwork design. It is a simple project for using up leftover fabric scraps from other holiday projects. Making a fabric scrap ornament is very simple.

To make this simple ornament, first cut out a square from the felt or fabric. Then, fold the square in half diagonally and cut along the fold. This will give you two triangles. Cut off one corner of each triangle so that they are more rounded shapes.

Next, unfold the triangles and use a hot glue gun to attach the ribbon bow or lace if desired. Finally, re-fold each triangle into a small ornament shape and hot glue them together at the bottom corners.

Wooden Ornament

DIY Wood Slice Ornament

This rustic ornament is made from a slice of wood that has been painted and decorated with Christmas-themed stickers or images. It is a quick and easy project that can be made with wood slices that are readily available at most craft stores.

To make this adorable ornament, start by painting the wood slice with a base coat of paint or acrylic paint. Once the paint layer is dry, stick stickers or images to the ornament. You can also use a sharpie to write a Christmas message on the ornament. Once the ornament is decorated, hot glue a ribbon to the top of the wood slice and hang it on the tree.

Felt Ball Ornaments

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These are felt balls that are strung together with thread or ribbon. You can make these in any color combination you like, and they add a touch of whimsy to the tree.

To make felt ball ornaments, you will need felt balls in various colors, thread or ribbon, and scissors.

  • Cut a piece of thread or ribbon that is about 18 inches long
  • Knot one end of the thread or ribbon
  • String the felt balls on the thread or ribbon, alternating colors as desired
  • Knot the other end of the thread or ribbon to keep the balls in place.

Paper Strip Ornaments

These ornaments are made from strips of paper that are rolled into tight coils and then glued together. They can be painted or left in their natural state.

To make paper strip ornaments;

  • Cut a piece of paper into thin strips
  • Roll the strips into tight coils
  • Glue the coils together
  • Paint or leave in the natural state.

Button Ornaments

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These are made by hot gluing buttons to a piece of cardstock or felt in any design you like.

To create a button ornament, cut a piece of felt or cardstock into the desired shape. Then, begin gluing buttons in any design you like.

Continue until the entire surface is covered in buttons. Let it dry, and then hang it on your tree.

Unicorn Ornaments

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These colorful ornaments are made by painting a clear glass ball ornament with white acrylic paint. Once the paint is dry, add a unicorn horn and glitter. To create your unique design, you can also add other embellishments, like stars, flowers, etc.

Follow these steps to create a memorable unicorn ornament:

  • First, paint the ball with the white acrylic paint
  • Once it is dry, add the glitter
  • Finally, add the unicorn horn
  • You can also add other decorations like stars or flowers.

Monogrammed Ornament

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A monogrammed ornament is a great way to show off your personal style during the holidays. There are many different ways to create a monogrammed ornament, so you can choose the method that best suits your needs. One popular method is to use vinyl lettering.

You can find vinyl lettering in a variety of colors and fonts, so you can create a unique ornament that reflects your personality. Just stick the vinyl letters to the ornament and paint over them with a different color.

Another option is to use fabric letters or stickers. These stickers or letters are available in a variety of colors and styles, so you can find one that matches your decor. Just put the letters or stickers on the ornament and paint over them in a different color.

If you want an even more personalized ornament, you can create your own fabric letters or stickers. All you need is some fabric, scissors, and a hot glue gun. Cut out the desired shape from the fabric, and then use the hot glue gun to attach it to the ornament.

Glass Ball Ornament

Making a glass ball ornament is not only classic but easy as well. All you need is a clear glass ball, some paint, and some embellishments. To create your own glass ball ornament,

  • Start by painting the inside of the ball with a solid color
  • Once the paint is dry, add any embellishments you like
  • You can use glitter, sequins, beads, or anything else you can think of
  • Once you’ve added your embellishments, simply screw the top back on the ball and you’re done.

Cinnamon Stick Ornament

Cinnamon Stick Ornament Tutorial

These ornaments are not only easy to make, but they smell great as well. All you need is a cinnamon stick and some string. Tie the string around the middle of the cinnamon stick, and then hang it on your tree.

You can also add other embellishments, like beads or sequins, to create a unique design.

Candy Cane Ornament

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Candy canes are a classic Christmas ornament, and they’re also really easy to make. All you need is a candy cane, some ribbon, and some hot glue.

  • Start by gluing the ribbon to the top of the candy cane. You can use any type of ribbon you like, but traditional red and green holiday ribbon works well
  • Once the glue is dry, hang the ornament on your tree.
  • You can also add other embellishments, like bells or sequins, to create a festive look.

Glitter Ornament

How to Make DIY Glitter Ornaments the Easy Way!

There are so many ways to make glitter ornaments that it can be hard to know where to start. Here are eight of our favorite techniques:

  • Glue a small amount of glitter to the top of a plain glass ornament
  • Use a paintbrush to apply Mod Podge to the ornament, then sprinkle on glitter
  • Mix together Elmer’s glue and water in a 1:1 ratio, then add glitter
  • Dip the ornament into a bowl of silver or gold glitter
  • Attach sequins or other small decorations with craft glue
  • Sprinkle on some fake snow for a frosty look
  • Draw on designs with a fine-tip permanent marker
  • Add ribbon or bows to dress up the ornament.

Metallic Ornament

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Christmas is almost here, which means it’s time to start thinking about decorations. One of our favorite things to decorate with is metallic ornaments. There are so many ways to make them, and they add a touch of elegance to any tree.

One way to make a metallic ornament is to use Mod Podge. You can either paint it on or mix it with glitter. You can also use other metallic paints, like silver or gold, to give your ornament a nice sheen.

Another way to make a metallic ornament is by using tinsel. Just wrap tinsel around the ornament in whatever pattern you like, then use hot glue or craft glue to hold it in place. You could also add some sequins for extra sparkle. If you want an easy way to make a metallic ornament, try using spray paint. Just spray the ornament with whatever color you want and let it dry. You could also mix different colors together for a cool effect.

And finally, if you’re looking for something really unique, why not try making a metallic ornament out of clay? You can sculpt it into any shape you like and then bake it in the oven for a permanent finish.

Pom-Pom Ornament


Pom-poms are one of our favorite things to craft with, so it’s no surprise that we love them as Christmas ornaments, too! They’re super easy to make, and you can use any color combination you like. To make a pom-pom ornament,

  • Start by wrapping yarn around your fingers until it’s about an inch thick
  • Then, cut the yarn and tie it in the middle with another piece of yarn
  • Next, fluff out the pom-pom and trim it into a nice, round shape
  • Finally, use hot glue or craft glue to attach a loop of ribbon to the top so you can hang it on the tree.

Crocheted Ornament

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If you know how to crochet, you can make a cute little Christmas ornament in no time. All you need is some yarn and a crochet hook. Start by crocheting a small circle, then add a loop of yarn to the top so you can hang it on the tree.

You can also crochet around a glass ball ornament for a different look. Just make sure to use a non-breakable yarn so your ornament will be safe.

Engraved Ornament

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One of the most popular trends this year is engraving your Christmas ornaments. You can use a wood-burning tool, a Dremel, or even just a sharpie to add names, dates, or other words to your ornament. This is a great way to personalize your ornament and make it extra special. To get started,

  • First, choose the word or phrase you want to engrave on your ornament
  • Next, use a pencil to lightly trace the word onto the ornament
  • Then, start engraving! If you’re using a wood-burning tool, be sure to follow the instructions that came with your tool
  • And if you’re using a sharpie, just trace over the pencil marks with your marker.

Knitted Ornament


If you know how to knit, you can make a beautiful Christmas ornament in any color or pattern you like. All you need is some yarn and a pair of knitting needles.

Start by casting on 30 stitches, then knit in the round until your piece is about 3 inches wide. Next, add a loop of yarn to the top so you can hang it on the tree.

Finally, knit a few more rows and then bind off. You can also make a knitted ornament using two pieces of yarn held together. This will create a marbled effect that’s really pretty. Just be sure to use two colors that go well together.

Carved Ornament

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This is a great project for anyone who loves to work with wood. You can use a carving knife or a Dremel to carve your own unique Christmas ornament. Start by sketching your design onto the wood, then start carving.

Be sure to sand your ornament smoothly when you’re finished so it’s nice and safe to hang on the tree. You could also try painting your carved ornament instead of leaving it natural. Just be sure to use non-toxic paint so it’s safe for your family.

Feather Ornament

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If you want to add a little bit of nature to your Christmas tree, try making a feather ornament. You can use real feathers or craft feathers, whichever you prefer. To make the ornament,

  • Start by glueing the feathers together in a fan shape
  • Then, glue a loop of ribbon to the top so you can hang it on the tree
  • You can also add beads or other decorations to your ornament if you like.

Handprint/Footprint Ornament

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This is a great project for families with young children. You can use paint, ink, or even just markers to make handprints or footprints on a piece of paper. Then, cut out the shapes and glue them onto your ornament.

You can also use this same technique to make paw prints if you have a pet.

Sculpted Ornament

Anyone who likes working with clay will adore this activity. You can use oven-bake clay or air-dry clay to make your own unique Christmas ornament.

  • Start by rolling the clay into a ball, then flatten it out into a disc
  • Next, use a straw or other sharp object to make a hole in the top of the ornament. This is where you’ll add the loop of ribbon to hang it on the tree
  • Then, use your hands or other tools to sculpt the clay into whatever design you like
  • When you’re finished, bake or let your ornament air-dry according to the instructions that came with your clay.

Photo Ornament

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This is a really easy project that’s great for families. All you need is a photo and a clear glass ornament. To get started, remove the top of the ornament and insert your photo. Then, put the top back on and your ornament is ready to hang.

You can also use this same technique to make an ornament with a family photo, a pet photo, or even a baby’s ultrasound.

Painted Ornament

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Painted ornaments are a really easy project that anyone can do, and the results are really beautiful. To get started,

  • Choose an ornamented form – you can use glass, plastic, or metal
  • Then, wash and dry the ornament thoroughly
  • Next, paint the ornament in any color or design you like
  • You can use a brush or a sponge to apply the paint, whichever you prefer
  • When the paint is dry, seal it with a coat of clear sealant or glitter glue
  • Finally, add a loop of ribbon to the top so you can hang it on the tree.

Stained Glass Ornament

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Although this project may be a bit challenging, the end result is worth it. You’ll need to use some special materials for this one, including stained glass paint and lead-free solder.

  • Start by sketching your design onto the ornament, then paint it with stained glass paint
  • Next, use the lead-free solder to “connect the dots” and outline your design
  • When you’re finished, your ornament will be truly unique and beautiful.

Beaded Ornament

If you’re passionate about crafts, this project is perfect for you! It involves using beads to create beautiful works of art. You’ll need a needle and thread to string the beads onto the ornament, but other than that, it’s a really easy project.

To get started, choose the beads you want to use and thread them onto the ornament in any pattern or design you like. You can also add charms or other decorations to your beaded ornament.

Shell Ornament

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This year, if you’re hoping to find a unique way to decorate your Christmas tree, why not make some ornaments out of shells? Here are seven easy steps to get you started:

  • Gather your supplies. In addition to shells, you’ll need some wire, glue, beads, and ribbon
  • Cut a piece of wire about 12 inches long. Thread one end through the hole in a shell and twist it around the other end to secure it
  • Glue a bead to the top of the wire loop
  • Cut a piece of ribbon about 12 inches long. Tie it around the top of the bead to form a hanger
  • Repeat steps 2-4 with additional shells
  • Hang your ornaments on your Christmas tree
  • If you have any extra shells, you can also use them as gift tags or place cards
  • Simply write the recipient’s name on the shell and tie it to the gift with a ribbon or string.


How Do You Make Easy Christmas Ornaments?

You can make easy Christmas ornaments with materials like felt, paper, beads, and wire. For example, you can make a simple paper snowflake ornament by folding a piece of paper into quarters and then cutting six triangular shapes out of the folded edge.

What Can I Fill Homemade Ornaments With?

You can fill homemade ornaments with a variety of materials, such as beads, buttons, sequins, confetti, glitter, and even candy. You could also use dried beans or rice for a more subdued look. Simply pour the desired material into the ornament until it’s complete, then seal it closed with hot glue or a bit of ribbon.

How Do You Make Christmas Balls?

There are many ways to make Christmas balls. One way is to roll out some red or green dough and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Then, use a straw to poke a hole in the top of each shape and bake according to the recipe. Once they’re cool, tie a ribbon through the hole and hang them on your tree.

How Do You Decorate a Clear Christmas Ornament?

One fun way to decorate a clear Christmas ornament is by painting it. You can use any bright color you like or mix different solid colors together to create a unique look. Another option is to add glitter or other decorative elements to make your ornament stand out.

What Glue Do You Use to Make Glitter Ornaments?

You can use any type of glue to make glitter ornaments, but a hot glue gun is the best option because it dries quickly and holds the glitter well.

Final Thoughts

Making your own Christmas ornaments is a fun and easy way to add personal touches to your holiday decor. There are many different ways to make ornaments, so you can choose the method that best suits your skills and materials. You can use anything from felt and paper to beads and wire. 

And also,  you can fill your ornaments with a variety of materials like beads, buttons, sequins, confetti, glitter, and even candy. So get started on your Christmas crafting today and create beautiful homemade ornaments that will brighten up your tree this year.

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How to Make Special Requests at Restaurants for Your Occasion

How Does a Restaurant Handle Special Requests from Customers?

People all over the world often have occasions that warrant making special requests from restaurants of their choice. Special celebrations such as wedding anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day are some of the many occasions they choose to make that special dining reservation or private party.

There are no limits to what occasions could make people order a special request, nor to the amount they’re willing to spend to have their needs met. But some don’t know how to go about making these requests.

Whether you’re celebrating your 21st birthday, you want to satisfy a craving, or you just want to try something new, being able to identify the dining restaurants that serve what you want and how you want it served, whether eat-in or delivered, are the most important factors to consider before putting in your requests.

How to Make Special Requests in a Restaurant

Restaurant dining can be a great way to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, date nights, and any other event that you would like to make special. As such, most restaurants are usually open to your special requests to ensure you enjoy those special moments. This adds extra fun and excitement to their job as they look forward to receiving you and granting you the full restaurant experience.

Until now, there have been ways to go about making special requests. This is not just about you but the restaurant where you choose to have your requests made. This also implies that there are some select locations you may want to keep in mind when picking out the restaurant where you may want those birthday celebrations to occur.

Apart from figuring out what you want and whether the restaurant is capable of meeting your expectations, you also have some roles to play, which include reaching out ahead of time, notifying them of the number of people you’re coming with, paying upfront for the service you’re about to get, and abiding by the restaurant’s requirements and rules.

For example, if you will be celebrating a birthday during your visit, request a candle for their dessert or a birthday song from the bartender. Other special requests may include requesting seating arrangements and an ambitious space for larger parties or requesting specific cuisine-related items on the menu.

Restaurant staff are typically accommodating and will do whatever they can within reason to help enhance your night out; all you have to do is ask.

Tips for Making Special Requests at Restaurants for Your Occasion

What if your daughter is turning sixteen within the next few weeks? You know her birthday is such a big deal to her, but you don’t want to do the usual and just buy her cakes or some wet and dry-aged steaks. A time out with the entire family at your favourite restaurant with, say, an acclaimed wine collection may do the trick this time.

Here’s what you need to know about making her day memorable and fun-filled at that restaurant filled with amazing food:

Know That Restaurants are Happy to Accommodate Special Requests for All Your Occasions

Whether it’s a dietary restriction, a vegetarian option, a lobster bisque, or just a preference, most restaurants are happy to accommodate special requests.

This is one of the many things that make dining out on a special occasion fun and memorable. When you’re able to order exactly what, how, and when you want, it makes the experience more enjoyable. Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule.

Some restaurants are not as accommodating as others. But for the most part, restaurants are happy to make special accommodations for their guests. That is because it adds to their revenue and helps to improve their business.

Make Inquiries from Your Favorite Restaurant About Their Policy on Special Requests

You probably have a favourite restaurant that you enjoy dining at regularly. But what happens when you have a special request?

The best way is to give the restaurant a call or stop by in person and speak to a manager or member of the staff. They should be able to tell you what their policies are on special requests and whether or not they will be able to accommodate your needs.

Whether you’re planning a birthday party and you want to see if the restaurant can accommodate a large group or you want to surprise your spouse, it’s always best to make inquiries with the restaurant in advance so that you can get an email confirmation that they can meet your needs.

If not, they may be able to recommend another restaurant that would be better suited to your needs. In any case, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Find Out Whether Your Restaurant Can Accommodate Specific Orders

Some restaurants have a flexible system to accommodate and grant customers’ requests. But some have very strict rules against it. It could be due to reasons they have found to be against their diet rules or government policies on food and drugs.

It is best to find out from the restaurant of your choice if they have provisions for special requests like having candles on the cake, serving your ice cream based on your specifications, or delivering a surprise to create a romantic atmosphere for your spouse.

Pre-inform Your Restaurant About Your Diet Restrictions and Allergies

It is important to inform the waiter or the manager of your allergies and dietary restrictions beforehand. This will help them curate an extensive menu to better serve you and further ensure that your meal is safe for you to eat.

For example, if you have a severe peanut allergy, the restaurant will need to take precautions to avoid cross-contamination. In addition, if you are vegan or vegetarian, the staff will need to know so that they can make appropriate recommendations.

By informing your restaurant in advance about your allergies and dietary restrictions, you can help ensure that your dining experience is safe and enjoyable.

Be Open-Minded About Little Things.

Making a special request might mean a lot to you as a customer and it is not uncommon in the culinary industry for people to want their needs met exactly the way they have planned them, but a little change can make a big difference.

Sometimes all you need is a small change like an extra side of sauce, a dessert served with two spoons, an extra pinch of salt, or just a bottle of water. You can never tell.

You might not consider these little changes in your plan beforehand, but they would be a lifesaver. Being open-minded enough to accommodate little things might go a long way toward making your day worthwhile.

Be Clear When Making Your Request to Avoid any Confusion

This is especially important when you’re dealing with restaurants since they usually have a lot of different moving parts. By being clear and concise, you can help to ensure that your requests are carried out properly and that there’s no confusion about what you want.

For instance, if you’re requesting a specific dish, say a non-beef option or want your table decorated in a particular way, include all the relevant details such as the ingredients you want or don’t want. This will help ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for.

Be Polite and Friendly When Making Your Requests.

When making special requests, it is important to be polite and friendly. This is because the staff is more likely to be accommodating if they feel appreciated.

By being polite and friendly, you can increase the chances that your requests will be granted. Making special requests at restaurants can be a great way to make sure that you get exactly what you want. However, it is important to be aware of the potential pitfalls.

Thank the Manager and Staff of the Restaurant for Their Help in Making Your Occasion Special

Making a special request can be a lot of work for the restaurant staff, so it is important to remember to thank them for their help. This is especially important if your requests were last-minute or complicated.

A word of appreciation goes a long way in promoting lasting relationships. You can also do this by giving tips to the staff members who attended to you directly or by giving a collective tip to be delivered by the manager to the entire members of staff, as the case may be.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Some of the Likely Questions a Customer Should Ask When Making a Special Request from a Restaurant?

Some of the likely questions include: What are your policies on special requests? Do you take reservations? Do you have vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free options? Can you accommodate a small party in your restaurant? Do you have specific diets for babies? What are your dietary restrictions?

Is it Possible to have a Special Request at a Restaurant?

Most restaurants are willing to accommodate special requests as long as they are not too complicated. It’s always best to call ahead and ask about the restaurant’s policies on special requests. This way, you can be sure that your request for events such as anniversary parties or birthday reservations will be accommodated.

What Are Some Tips for Making a Special Request?

Some tips for making a special request include being clear and concise when making your request to avoid any confusion, being polite and friendly when making your request, and thanking the manager and staff of the restaurant for their help in making your occasion special.

How Does a Restaurant Handle Special Requests from Customers?

Some restaurants have specific policies in place for handling special requests from customers; other restaurants may be more flexible and be able to accommodate special requests on a case-by-case basis. It’s always best to call ahead and ask about the restaurant’s policies on special requests.

Final Thought

Always keep in mind that most restaurants are more than happy to work with their guests to ensure that they have a memorable experience, irrespective of what their special occasion or requests might be.

Therefore, do not hesitate to ask the restaurant if they can accommodate any specific requests you may have.

Whether it’s a specific dish you’re looking for or a certain ambience or decor, most restaurants will do everything they can to make your occasion as spectacular and memorable as possible.

Handmade Cards For Special Occasions: Ideas and Inspiration

Handmade Cards For Special Occasions: Ideas and Inspiration

Homemade cards feel like a lost art these days because most communications are done electronically, but they will still go a long way in making someone’s day.

Cards are one of the best ways to convey emotions of gratitude, bring back special memories, celebrate, and express your well-wishes towards the people you love and care about. Card gifts are a personal, detailed way to say “thank you,” “happy birthday,” or “congratulations.”

Creating a birthday card for someone on their special occasion is a wonderful gift option. This DIY article is a must-read if you’re looking for practical thoughtfulness in your next gift item. Though making a gift card may take a little more time and effort, this article will walk you through every step.

What Do You Need For a Handmade Card?

A Cutting Mat

A cutting mat provides a sturdy, flat surface to work on and minimizes the risk of rips or tears in the card stock. It also allows you to easily line up the edges of your paper or other materials as you are cutting or shaping them with a craft knife or scissors.


Cardstock is the most ideal material for making a handmade card. The paper is thicker and more durable than regular paper, making it the perfect choice for creating unique and long-lasting cards.

Pencils, Markers or Coloring Pencils

These tools allow you to easily and accurately draw out your designs and add color and detail to the cards.


Rulers allow you to make cards that are the right size and shape easily by measuring the card’s length, width, and angles. When choosing a ruler, choose one that is long enough to accommodate your chosen piece of paper or cardstock.


Scissors are used to cut out the marked edges of your card precisely. It is important to choose a pair that is comfortable in your hand and has sharp, well-aligned blades.

Glue or Tape

You’ll need glue or tape to connect the different parts and shapes of a card to make a whole, finished product. Tape could have some special uses. For example, if you want to create a border around your card with different colored paper or decorative materials, glue might not hold as well, and tape might be a better option.

Craft Knife

To cut, etch, and carve intricate designs into cardstock and other craft materials, you need a craft knife. You’ll need it to cut out shapes such as flowers and leaves and carefully incise patterns into the surface of the card.

Decorative Materials

Decorative materials like ribbons, stickers, and sequins are used to add a fun and colorful element to cards, allowing you to easily decorate your creations and make them stand out.

Ribbons are rope-like materials that come in various colors and patterns and are capable of creating different looks for your card. Stickers also come in various shapes, styles, and designs that you can use to create a theme for your card. 

Sequins are small pieces of sparkly material with different colors and sizes for creating patterns and shapes on your card. 

Tips on Making Handmade Cards for Special Occasions

Youtube video on handmade cards.

Having the materials to create a beautiful handmade greeting card alone is not enough. Knowing what to do with them is the most valuable part of the process. Below are the steps to follow when making handmade cards:

Brainstorm for Inspiration and Ideas. 

When making a personal card, there are several  inspiration triggers you’ll find around you. Usually, the go-to is the internet. For others, meanwhile, it is something more personal, like their relationships. 

For instance, if you’re making a get-well card for your friend, you can design something of an inside joke between you on the card.

Choose a Design

When making handmade cards, your personal design can make all the difference because it will contain a special message for the recipient. A simple and elegant card design can convey your message perfectly, while a complex design can add a touch of personality.

Some examples of designs include Australian penguin cards, balloon cards, assorted greeting card sets, and lots more. You can also choose your designs by using catchy cardstock colors or create your own designs by using different design tools like watercolor or artists’ alcohol paint.

Select the Right Cardstock 

Depending on the kind of card you want to make, here are a few things to consider when choosing suitable cardstock.

  • The card design
  • The card size
  • Choice of decorations
  • The occasion 

A professional cardstock is generally and highly recommended for any kind handmade greeting card.

Gather Your Craft Tools

Put together all the necessary tools required to make a handmade card. They include a cutting mat, cardstock, a ruler, pencils, markers, coloring pencils, scissors, glue, tape, adhesives, a craft knife, and decorative materials like ribbons, stickers, and sequins.

Create a Template of What You Want to Make

A template is a smaller version or replica of what you intend to make. It serves as a working guide when making your handmade card, and it can be extremely helpful.

Create Your Card

Once you have a template to work with, you can then create your card in the dimensions and design you want. When making your card, you can make some alterations to the original design to make it better. 

Write a Personal Message Inside Your Card

A personal message inside your card is the most important part of the card. It is what makes the card special and unique. It should be short, sweet, and to the point.

The message should be something you want to say to the recipient. Here are some tips on how to write a personal message inside your card:

  • The message should be something personal or memorable and comfortable to share with the recipient 
  • Keep it short and sweet
  • Be creative
  • Make it positive
  • Sign your name.

Decorate the Front Page of Your Card

Creating a beautiful and eye-catching handmade card starts with the cover or front page. This is your canvas, so be creative. You can decorate the front of your card with ribbons, stickers, sequins, or anything else you have on hand.

Cut your ribbons and stickers into the right shape and sizes to fit perfectly and give your card the beautiful look you have in mind.

Add a Stamp or a Seal (Optional)

A stamp or seal will add a personal touch to a handmade card. A rubber stamp with your inscription or short quote on it would do the job. It shows that you took the time to make something special just for them. 

A seal can be a piece of paper with your signature printed on it or a small wooden plaque with a short original quote engraved on it.

Packaging and Delivery

Packaging and delivery may not seem like the most important parts of making a handmade card, but they can add a touch of beauty and be the difference between a card that is never seen and one that brightens someone’s day.

Here are a few tips to ensure your cards arrive at their destination: 

  • Choose a package that is catchy to the eye.
  • Always use an envelope that is slightly larger than the card itself.  
  • Whether you’re sending multiple cards or just one, consider using a beautifully crafted wooden or cardboard box.
  • Take care when addressing the envelope, and include a return address in case of any complications. 
  • Make sure to personally deliver it and ensure it is posted, or use a trusted courier service to deliver your package.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Create a More Personalized Card?

You can create a more personalized card by adding your own personal message inside the card. This makes the card more special and unique, and it will definitely be appreciated by the recipient.

How Do I Make My Card More Eye-catching?

You can make your card more eye-catching by decorating the front page with ribbons, stickers, sequins, or any other materials you have on hand. You can also add a stamp or seal to make it more personal.

What Makes a Handmade Card Special?

A handmade card will always be special because it took the maker a lot of time, effort, and resources to make something so unique and beautiful. It also shows the giver has taken great care in the process and cares about the recipient.

Is It Okay to Buy a Card and Add Some Touches to Suit My Needs?

The absolute answer is yes! Doing this reduces the stress of having to start from scratch and allows you to express your creativity while at it.

Final Thoughts

It is important to find time and creative ways to celebrate the people most dear to your heart. Creating a handmade greeting card for them on their special occasion would most certainly not be a waste of your time.

To do this, make sure to put in your best effort by following the steps in this article to create an eye-catching, well-crafted handmade card for that special person. And be assured of bringing happiness to someone’s face when they remember you.

How to Say Happy Birthday in Japanese

how to say happy birthday in Japanese

Did you know that saying “Happy Birthday” in Japanese is simple? The phrase “Tanjoubi Omedetou” simply translates to “Happy birthday.” However, there’s more! In Japan, giving the celebrator a small gift or money on their birthday is customary. 

So if you want to impress your Japanese friends or colleagues, you can also say “Tanjoubi Omedetou Gozaimasu,” adding a more formal and polite tone. So next time you celebrate with your Japanese friends, don’t forget to wish them a heartfelt “Tanjoubi Omedetou!”

 History of Birthday Celebrations in Japan

Historically, there is an ancient but interesting story behind singing the “Happy Birthday” song in Japanese culture. In Japan, a birthday party was not traditionally celebrated until after the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Before then, ages were counted differently, and people tended to celebrate their “coming of age” at 20 instead of their actual birthdays.

During the American occupation of Japan after World War II, the concept of birthday celebrations and singing “Happy Birthday” in English was introduced. However, it was not until the 1970s that a Japanese version was created and gained widespread popularity.

Today, saying “Happy Birthday” in Japanese is easier than you think. All you need to learn is how to pronounce each word in Japanese. You will learn to say Happy Birthday – “Tanjoubi Omedetou” correctly. You may want to learn the practical ways here. Learning to speak Japanese for the first time is no joke, but you can learn it easily. 

How to Sing Happy Birthday Song in Japanese

In Japan, they have their version of the happy birthday song called “Tanjoubi Omedetou,” and it goes like this:

  • “Tanjoubi Omedetou” (Happy birthday)
  • “Ookina ki ni natte” (Grow big and strong)
  • “Ii ko ni natte” (Become a good person)
  • “Ureshii koto bakari aru youni” (May good things always happen to you)
  • “Tanjoubi Omedetou” (Happy birthday)
  • “Omedetou Gozaimasu” (Congratulations)

Six Top Japanese Traditions on a Birthday Eve and What They Stand For

  • Kazari-bina or decoration-hanging

Kazari-bina or decoration-hanging is a tradition where families hang decorations such as kadomatsu and shimenawa outside their house to welcome the new age of the birthday person. This tradition symbolizes a fresh start and good luck in the upcoming year.

  • Otoso or sake tasting

Otoso or sake tasting is a tradition where families gather around the birthday person and drink otoso, a special type of sake that is believed to have medicinal benefits. This symbolizes good health in the upcoming year.

  • Mei-Kuyo or rice scoop splitting

Mei-Kuyo, or rice scoop splitting, is a tradition where the birthday person breaks their rice scoop in half as an offering to appease any anger from the kitchen god. This symbolizes maintaining good relationships and harmony in the upcoming year.

  • To-ji or pillow changing.

To-ji or pillow changing, is a tradition where the birthday person changes their pillow to a new one. This symbolizes getting rid of any negative energy and inviting good luck in sleep for the upcoming year.

  • Toshi-koshi soba, or year-crossing noodles

Toshi-koshi soba, or year crossing noodles, is a tradition where families eat soba noodles on New Year’s Eve to symbolize longevity and long life. This can also be done for the same symbolism on the birthday person’s birthday eve.

  • Tomodachi, or visiting friends

Tomodachi, or visiting friends, is a tradition where the birthday person visits their friends to express gratitude for their friendships. This symbolizes maintaining solid relationships in the upcoming year. Overall, these traditions all have the theme of wishing for good luck, health, and harmony in the upcoming year for the birthday person.

Fun Games and Activities That Will Help Add Spice to Your Japanese-Themed Birthday Party.

  • Janken (Japanese Rock-Paper-Scissors). 

This classic game is a staple at Japanese parties and can be used for various activities, such as determining who goes first in a board game or deciding who gets the last slice of cake. Guests can try their hand at traditional janken gestures or add a fun twist by dressing up in their chosen shape (rock, paper, or scissors).

  • Karaoke

What better way to celebrate a birthday than belting out some of your favorite tunes? Set up a karaoke machine and let guests take turns singing their hearts out to popular Japanese songs. For an added challenge, have them try singing in Japanese!

  • Origami

Impress your friends with paper folding skills by teaching them to make traditional Japanese origami figures such as cranes, flowers, and boxes. You can even use the finished pieces as party décor or use them to play games like “guess the origami figure.”

  • Sake tasting

Take a break from the usual wine and beer and introduce your friends to the world of sake. Taste different varieties and see who can identify the subtle flavor differences.

  • Japanese calligraphy

Give guests a crash course in Japanese calligraphy by teaching them how to write their names or phrases in kanji. Provide a stack of small cards or paper for them to practice on and take home as souvenirs.

  • Cosplay

Encourage guests to dress as their favorite Japanese characters or have a cosplay-themed costume party. You can even make it a competition and have a panel of judges determine the winner based on accuracy and creativity. Bonus points if they speak a few character lines!

Eight Other Useful Words at a Japanese Birthday

  1. おたんじょうびおめでとう (otanjoubi omedetou): Happy birthday
  1. お誕生日おめでとう (otanjoubii omedetou): Happy birthday
  1. プレゼント (purezento): present
  1. カード (kaado): card
  1. サプライズ (sapuraizu): surprise
  1. パーティー (paatii): party
  1. ケーキ (keeki): cake
  1. やすらぎ (yasuragi): peace, tranquillity (often used as a birthday wish for someone to have a peaceful and enjoyable birthday)

Popular Dishes Served on a Japanese Birthday

  • Sashimi platter

Consisting of fresh slices of raw fish, it is considered a luxurious dish and a symbol of celebration in Japan.

  • Tempura

Lightly battered and fried seafood or vegetables, tempura is a popular dish for special occasions.

  • Teriyaki chicken

Marinated in a sweet and savory sauce, this dish can be easily prepared in large batches for a party.

  • Sushi platter.

A combination of various sushi rolls, including but not limited to tuna, salmon, and eel.

  • Steamed white rice

A staple in any Japanese meal, and often served with other dishes as a side or base.

  • Miso soup

A traditional soup made from fermented soybean paste is often served as the last dish in a Japanese meal.

While these dishes may vary depending on personal preference or region, they are commonly seen at Japanese birthday celebrations. So, if you’re invited to one, be prepared for a delicious and festive feast!

5 Birthday Gift Ideas for Your Japanese Friends

When it comes to celebrating the birthday of your Japanese friend, you want to give them something that speaks about their culture and shows how much you appreciate them. To make your hunt for a perfect gift easier, here are 5 great ideas!

  • Traditional Kimono

A kimono is one of the most iconic pieces of clothing in Japan. It’s a traditional style of dress that will make your friend feel special on their birthday.

  • Bento Box

A bento box is a great gift for any Japanese food lover. It includes an assortment of delicious, high-quality meals that will make the perfect meal for them to enjoy on their special day.

  • Tea Set

A tea set is an essential part of Japanese culture; gifting it to your friend will show them how much you know about their traditions. It also makes for a beautiful display piece in any home.

  • Origami Kit

Origami has been a popular art form in Japan for centuries, and gifting it to your friend shows them you appreciate their culture. Get a kit that contains origami paper and complete instructions so they can start on their creations.

  • Anime Merchandise

Anime is one of Japan’s most popular forms of entertainment, and gifting some anime merchandise to your friend will show them that you understand their interests. There’s an abundance of merchandise available online, so you can easily find something they’ll love.

15 Other Celebratory Phrases in Japanese and English Translation

  • Otanjoubi omedetou – Happy birthday
  • Tanjoubi omedetou – Happy birthday (more formal)
  • Tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu – Happy birthday (very formal)
  • Otanjoubi niwa totemo ureshii desu – I am very happy about your birthday
  • Otanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu, yoroshiku Onegai shimasu – Happy birthday, please treat me kindly (formal)
  • Tanjoubi niwa kanari ureshii desu – I am quite happy about your birthday
  • Otanjoubi omedetou, yoroshiku onegai shimasu – Happy birthday, please treat me kindly (informal)
  • Tanjoubi ni wa subarashii toki wo issho ni iraremasu you ni – May we have a wonderful time together on your birthday
  • Otanjoubi niwa subarashii toki wo issho ni iraremasu you ni – May we have a wonderful time together on your birthday (informal)
  • Tanjoubi omedetou gozaimasu, yoroshiku onegai shimasu, yume ga kanau you ni – Happy birthday, please treat me kindly, may your dreams come true (very formal)
  • Otanjoubi hatsukoi – First birthday
  • Tanjoubi sain – Birthday gift
  • Otanjoubi asobi – Birthday party
  • Otanjoubi utage – Birthday celebration
  • Tanjoubi supootsu – Birthday sport (such as a birthday game or activity)

Don’t let “happy birthday” be the only thing you can say on someone’s special day! Show off your language skills and impress your friends with these 15 different ways to say “happy birthday” in Japanese. From formal to casual, these phrases will make any birthday celebration even more special. And don’t forget a small gift or gesture to make it a happy birthday for everyone involved truly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Saying Happy Birthday in Japanese

Can I celebrate my birthday in Japan?

Yes, of course! Birthdays are a big deal in Japan, and people of all nationalities are welcome to join in on the fun physically or virtually through their mobile devices.

What are the standard ways the Japanese love to celebrate?

The standard ways of celebrating Japanese love include celebrating with families and friends. It’s common for families to have a small celebration at home with a cake and presents, but many Japanese also like to go out for a special birthday dinner with friends or co-workers.

Is It customary to give gifts on birthdays in Japan?

Absolutely, Yes! It’s polite to bring a small gift or bouquet when attending a birthday celebration in Japan, as it is popular in Western culture.

What do Japanese people eat on birthdays?

Japanese people prefer to eat their favorite foods on their birthdays. The birthday person often gets to choose their favorite meal for the celebration, but having a cake with candles and making a birthday wish is also popular.

Is there a standard practice for celebrating milestone birthdays in Japan?

Yes. In Japan, people often have a big celebration for their 20th birthday, 30th, 40th, 50th birthday, 60th birthday, 70th birthday, 77th birthday, 88th birthday, and 99th birthday. These milestones are called “kiju” in Japanese, and the celebrations often include special rituals or gifts.

Final Thought

The traditional Japanese saying, “Happy Birthday” is “Tanjoubi Omedetou.” However, if you want to add flair to your birthday wishes, you can also say “Kanpai! Tanjoubi Omedetou!” This translates to “Cheers! Happy Birthday!” Another fun option is “Otanjou-bi wa totemo ureshii desu!” which means “I am thrilled it’s your birthday!” So next time you celebrate a birthday with your Japanese friends, impress them with one of these phrases and truly make it a happy birthday celebration.

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