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Send a Hug Ornament

This simple kid-friendly Christmas ornament can make a sad holiday season a little brighter for the grandparents and great grandparents missing out on gifts around the tree. All you need is a bit of ribbon and a clear ornament.

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that this year sucks. My kids (and I) miss my mom and my Grandma especially, who moved back to NY full-time last winter so she could spend more time with her great-grandkids. Thanks 2020…

All the video chats in the world can’t make up for missing out on those great Grandma hugs but unfortunately, there isn’t much we can do to change that right now.

I’d like to say this DIY Christmas ornament is the next best thing but we all know it’s many, many steps lower than those sticky (my 4-year-old is sticky 15 seconds after bathtime, no clue how she does it) monster hugs from the little ones.

Send a Hug Ornament Tips & Tricks

This is not rocket science, we’re putting some ribbon in an ornament here! But before we get to the printable card I have a few quick tips for you.

Number one, skip the glass ornaments on this one! Clear plastic ornaments are much more likely to survive the trip in the mail and will survive for many years to come.

supplies to make a DIY send a hug ornament including a clear plastic ornament, three colors of curling ribbon, scissors, a sharpie and printed Christmas tags with a ribbon poem

If you’re sending more than one hug in an ornament use a different color ribbon for each. I used three colors of curling ribbon, one for each of the kids and one for me. That way you can tell at a glance how many hugs are included.

You can write your own message on any gift tags you have on hand or print and cut any of the tags I’ve made. I recommend printing them out on the back of a thick decorative sheet of paper so you have a fancy tag on one side and your message on the other.

write your names and the year on the back of the tag before reassembling the ornament top

If you use my tags you’ll need scissors and a small hole punch. I also used a sharpie to add the date and our names on the back because no one wants to forget 2020.

Ornaments are actually really easy to pull apart, you can do it without pliers but if you have a pair on hand go for it. You can pull the top off with a yank and you’ll need to squeeze the pins together to pull them out of the metal cap.

reassemble the ornament top with the tag and a curling ribbon bow

Slide the tag onto the U pin and add a curling ribbon bow if desired and then put it back together by pinching the pin and putting the ends back through the holes.

Stuff your ribbons into the ornament and then aqueeze the pins together again to put the top back on the ornament.

Get the Printable Send a Hug Poem Tags Here

Yield: 1 Ornament

Send a Hug Ornament

Send a Hug Ornament

This simple kid-friendly Christmas ornament can make a sad holiday season a little brighter for the grandparents and great grandparents missing out on gifts around the tree.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $0-5


  • 1 - Clear plastic ornament with removable top
  • Curling Ribbon (one color for each person)
  • Tag


  • Scissors
  • Small Hole Punch


  1. Take turns standing with your arms outstretched and cut a piece of curling ribbon that goes from one fingertip to the opposite side. Repeat for each person
  2. Remove the top of the ornament buy pulling it off, then curl each piece of ribbon & stick it inside the ornament
  3. Cut out your gift tag and punch a hole in the top. Write your names and the date on the back of the tag.
  4. Make a bow by tying 3 pieces of ~8inch long ribbon to the pin and curling with the scissors
  5. Pull the metal pin out from the metal ornament cap. Slide the tag onto the pin and put the ornament back together


    Make your own tags, use the printable tags I have available on the post or use any gift tag

    Check out my Christmas Page for more ideas or start here:

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