We take great pride in our dwellings, and we’ll use any excuse to show them off. And the holidays are no exception. Our new favorite way to display our home: as an ornament on the Christmas tree.
Artists on Etsy are offering custom holiday decorations that look exactly like real-life homes, and we can’t get over how charming they are. Each bauble is specially designed to replicate the house in miniature form, and the likeness is uncanny. It’s a great way to commemorate a new home purchase or keep a beloved childhood home close to your heart. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite custom ornament options so you can celebrate your homestead this holiday season—or purchase a personalized gift for someone else!
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Clay Home Ornaments
Etsy shop Forever Figurines creates tiny clay replicas of homes. The miniature sculptures are made of polymer clay, decorated with acrylic paints, and sealed with a glossy finish. To order your own ornament abode, simply send the shopowner two to three photos of the home along with any descriptive details you’d like included. Half of the $75 flat price is due immediately as a deposit; you'll pay the rest once the figurine is finished and ready to ship. The figurines range in size from about 2 to 4 inches wide, depending on the style of house. Each piece is made by hand, so the prep time varies, but the shop owner can provide a more exact time estimate for your custom order.
Buy It: Custom House Ornament, $75
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Painted Glass Ornaments
These custom ornaments, sold by Open Window Art on Etsy, are a charming option for trimming your tree. The artist decorates the glass baubles with acrylic paint before sealing the home portrait with a clear varnish. The 2.5-inch ornaments cost $75 each, while larger 3.25-inch versions are priced at $90. You can choose to have your home depicted in the summer season or blanketed with wintry snow, or opt to add a personal message to the back of the ornament, such as “Christmas 2019” or “Our First Home.” Plus, this custom ornament comes packaged in a gift box, so it’ll be ready to wrap as soon as it arrives on your doorstep.
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Watercolor Home Portraits
Front Porch Portrait offers another kind of keepsake with miniature watercolor home paintings. Each one is handpainted with watercolors on a 2.5-inch square of acid-free watercolor paper. The home portrait is surrounded by a silver hinged frame with a glass front and dangles from the tree by a wire hanger. Prices vary slightly from about $35 to $36, depending on the style of decorative ribbon you choose. After you send in a photo of your home, the shop owner will send you a draft of the portrait to review within five business days, so you can be sure the design is to your liking. To personalize the ornament even further, you can specify the season, select certain colors for exterior elements like the door, choose the ribbon style, and add an inscription to the back of the ornament. According to the product page, the typical turnaround is three to five days, so this makes an excellent last-minute gift idea.
Whether you’re looking for a housewarming gift for a first-time buyer or a way to remember grandma's house or a favorite vacation spot, these petite keepsakes are sure to please anyone who loves to be home sweet home.