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Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (with Sharon Glasgow)

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It’s Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

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11th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) December 4-15 at karenehman.com.

My guest for day none is my friend and fellow Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker Sharon Glasgow. Sharon and I have been close friends for over a decade. When she isn’t busy teaching the Bible, spending time with her husband, one of her five daughters, or many grandkids, you just might find her milking a goat or putting on a wedding in her barn. She is a wealth of ideas for making a house a home. Today she is sharing a simply beautiful idea with us. Here’s Sharon…


I love a tree filled with homemade Christmas ornaments. It’s nostalgic, warm, personal and brings back memories of the good ole days years later. Making them is a great  family tradition. It’s inexpensive and so easy to do.

Dried Fruit Christmas Ornaments

Ingredients needed: fruit, craft varnish, thread

You should start small and work your way up. Just try one grapefruit, orange and apple to begin with and see how you like it.


I sliced the fruit thin and threw away the ends. Only the center pieces of the apples and pears turn out perfect looking. Some people blanch the fruit before dehydrating it–I tried it, but didn’t notice it being any better than the ones I didn’t blanch. I put all sliced fruit on cookie sheets and then into the oven on 175 degrees. I put parchment paper on a few of the cookie sheets but didn’t notice any difference in outcome.

Flip the fruit once while they are in oven. It will take about 7 hours for them to dehydrate properly in the oven.

Use clear craft varnish or decoupage to lightly cover the dried fruit. After dry, flip over and do the other side.

Let dry. Poke holes through for the string.

If you have a light behind the fruit ornaments at night, they are beautiful like stained glass.

For more ornament ideas (like the snowmen pictured here), check out my post from Karen’s 2013 Christmas series here.

Now, have you ever tried your hand at making homemade ornaments? Or, is there a special homemade ornament that you treasure? Tell us about it in the comments section to be entered to win my giveaway.

Merry Christmas,


Day 9 Giveaway

Sharon is giving away a $40 Visa gift card to spend on supplies to make your own treasured ornaments.

Enter to win Day 9 of 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways with Sharon Glasgow at karenehman.com.


Sharon Glasgow is a international speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries.  She lives on The Glasgow Farm in Fredericksburg, VA. She and her husband Dale have 5 daughters and 12 grandchildren! If she’s not traveling speaking she’s milking goats, hosting weddings in their barn, or creating beautiful memories for their family. You can follow her on Facebook or Instagram!
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11th Annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways (2018) December 4-15 at karenehman.com.


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  1. I treasure the homemade beaded ornaments my grandma made. My sister also made some needlepoint ornaments which I treasure. I am not crafty at all.

  2. Those are so pretty! We actually don’t have any ornaments on our tree this year. Just lights and the star. I’m trying to go simple.

  3. I love the ornament process that is reatures here. I hope to try this during school break. Thank you for the 12 Days! Celeste

  4. The year I dated my husband before we were married was my opportunity to bond with my future mother-in-law — she taught me how to make ornaments using styrofoam balls, shiny beads, sequins, straight pins, and glue.
    She made us an ornament every year. Each of these ornaments is a much treasured, precious memory.
    When we started having our children, she would make an ornament for each child, too.
    But, the most special homemade ornaments we have are little wooden sleds made by my husband’s father for each of us.

  5. I LOVE home made ornaments and gifts!!..I’ve never seen the dried fruit ornaments and I can’t wait to try this with my kids. We’ve done the cinnamon ornaments with our friends, they turned out well, I think one of my friends kids had a bad reaction to the cinnamon though… But special memories were created despite that.

  6. I love to make ornaments and other crafts to have out in our home and give as gifts. Homemade is always a wonderful gift!!

  7. I want to do homemade ornaments (I have a whole board on pinterest for it!ha!) However I am not super crafty ;) every year I put up an acorn dipped in red glitter that I made sometime as a child. I just love it, I have no idea why its so special to me but it is.

  8. No, I’ve never done homemade ornaments, but up until several years ago, our family of 6 would head over to the Hallmark store Thanksgiving weekend and pick out an ornament. We started doing this because when we had our first we started the tradition of getting them a ornament each year from a series (it went up to 5 years) and after their 5th Christmas we’d let them start picking out their own.

  9. I think we may have tried strands of popcorn or something similar sometime when I was a kid?? We don’t do anything like that now.

  10. I love the starched crocheted angels my grandmother made for each of her grandchildren. I know how to crochet, but I have never attempted anything so delicate before.

  11. This is awesome!!!
    I’ve honestly never seen this before…!!
    My favorite handmade ornaments, are those that my kids have made ??

  12. This is awesome!!!
    I’ve honestly never seen this before…!!
    My favorite handmade ornaments, are those that my kids have made ??

  13. A lady (and dear friend) made ornaments with my parents names on them years ago. Both of my parents have now passed away and I continue to put out those stuffed ornaments every year.

  14. I treasure the few ornaments that I still have from when I was a child and the ones made by my girls when they were little. Not being super crafty, I haven’t tried to embrace making a bunch myself.

  15. These are so so so beautiful! I tried drying orange slices, but they needed up burning! My children and I make salt dough ornaments every year!

  16. I have 2 little boys, one three, the other one. My three year old is in preschool so last year he brought his first handmade ornament home, and I was so excited to have received it! I’m so excited to have these ornaments made by my children over the years and remember them years later. My mom saved all of mine and my siblings handmade ornaments and it just meant so much to me.

  17. 90% of our ornaments are homemade. My favorite one is an ornament my Grandma made: a tiny angel nestled into a golden seed pod. So sweet!

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