Every ornament you have likely has a special meaning and memory. And every time its placed, those memories come flooding back with layers and layers remembrance. So, consider choosing a few more to remember your precious lost loved ones at Christmas or any holiday you may celebrate.
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From angels to teddy bears, we’ve found some treasurable ornament ideas for your home during the holidays—and a few to keep around throughout the year. Continue reading for artisan-crafted and DIY projects alike.
Angel-Themed Miscarriage Memorial Ornament Ideas
Are you searching for something to represent your angel baby beautifully? Below, you’ll find angel wings, baby’s feet, feathers, and even cut crystals that may suit your needs.
1. Floating white feather in ornament
A simple but beautiful choice for a memorial ornament is to place one angelic feather inside an ornament made from glass or acrylic.
Any number of craft stores will have these ball ornaments available for you. While you could certainly purchase a feather, you could also go for a walk in nature and see if your angel leaves a feather in your path.
2. Angel’s bell
While not exactly an angel ornament, most people are familiar with the famous 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life." In it, Zuzu Bailey says, "Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."
If this is a movie you've watched religiously throughout the years, then a bell for your little angel might be the right choice to represent them.
3. Silver wire silhouette
Manipulating wire to create art is something you can either commission or learn to do yourself through video tutorials. If you pick it up easily, you can also add tiny footprints, a name, and a birthstone to your creation.
Otherwise, you will find a handful of artists willing to help you create what's on your mind.
4. Metal angel with white ribbon
There are a couple of options here. You can choose a custom laser cutting from an artist who can engrave names and dates on the backside.
Or, you can select metal stamping from an artist who can spot-weld additional features such as copper or brass hearts. If you add a plush white ribbon, you’ll soften the aesthetic.
5. Recycled steel with a heart
Many folks are reducing and reusing materials to make stunning art pieces. If this sounds like something you'd appreciate, try to find an artist who will personalize the piece with some engraving. Giving something a new life in honor of your lost baby might make the perfect ode.
6. Baby feet angel wings
It might help you cope to create something for your little one. Search for a pattern online and transfer it onto the medium with which you are most familiar.
Whether you’re best at making stained glass or hand-embroidery, you’ll process your grief as you make your baby’s miscarriage memorial.
7. Crystal, amethyst, or silver wings
The most recognizable symbol of angels always includes wings. Some of the most beautiful depictions include carved precious stones, lab-created and cut crystals, or molded silver replicas. They may be on the pricier side, but they'll be stunning anywhere you place them.
Leave out the wings all year long if you can’t imagine putting them away after the holidays
More Miscarriage Ornament Ideas
Here are a few more options for something to hang during the holidays to remind you of your little one at peace. They range from hearts and snowflakes to embroidery and painting. Consider more than one option if your decorating style is the ambitious kind.
8. Personalized engraved wood
Follow your farmhouse or cabin decorating style with an ornament handcrafted from a slice of wood.
Paint it or engrave it using wood burning tools if you’re artsy. Otherwise, you’ll need to do some searching for an artist who can bring your idea to fruition.
9. Heart with personalization
Your heart is stamped for eternity with the memory of the little one you wanted to hold and kiss goodnight. Maintain that memory with something representative or symbolic of those feelings and include a personalized heart.
Choose anything you'd like to say to them or even a recurring thought that helps you process your sorrow.
No two snowflakes are the same, which makes it a uniquely perfect way to represent your child. You can search for handcrafted ones online or create your own.
But, if you make it a yearly tradition to design new ones from paper, then you'll have a collage of paper snowflakes to frame and hang on your wall for posterity.
11. Onesie or baby blanket ornament
Choose from one or two of the items you purchased for your newborn, like a onesie or blanket, then turn it into something ornamental.
Here’s a quick how-to:
- First, cut duplicate simple shapes from the fabric like a circle or a star.
- Keep the adornment or details from the original item, such as buttons or ducks.
- Pin the shapes together, but inside out.
- Then, sew the edges of the shape, leaving a one-inch opening.
- Turn the pattern outside-in and then stuff it with cotton gauze to give it dimension.
- Finally, add an invisible stitch to close off the hole.
A teardrop is a universal symbol of sorrow and grief. Various artisans provide several options for teardrop-shaped ornaments, including metal, glass, and ceramic versions.
If your choice includes wrapped wire, ask the artist to leave room so that each year you can add a tiny charm. That way, you can include your child in a family tradition.
13. Shell and pearl
Next time you're out walking on the beach, look for a pretty shell. Glue one tiny, perfect pearl inside that shell to hang or display during the holidays. This simple beauty will echo how those wondrous little pearls embed themselves inside your heart.
Hint: there are some special processes for preserving shells. Look up how to do so online to make sure your ornament lasts for years.
14. Religious figure holding a baby
Envisioning your little one is safe in the arms of a religious figure might help you find some comfort. Each time you decorate your home for the holidays, you'll find this same feeling flooding your heart and mind.
If your spirituality requires something else from the ether, look for an artist that will help you to suitably represent your beliefs.
15. Etched glass baby feet
Etched glass with baby feet represents a similar etching on your soul. Online, you can scroll through dozens of artists’ images to inspire the perfect idea. If you require some alterations, ask if the artist can accommodate your needs.
Hint: if you can't find something you like, consider a DIY project by watching some video tutorials. While somewhat technical, learning to etch glass is an achievable goal.
16. Teddy bear with name
Decorate your space with some miniature teddy bears representative of your little one.
You'll find that the iconic teddy bear generally has a wide range of options from which to choose. You'll find them in cut crystal, old-world style, vintage, and any number of stuffed furry options.
17. Religious representation of faith
Personalize any religious ornament with names, dates, colors, or quotes. No matter what you choose, reaching for this ornament year after year will bring special memories to hold close to your heart and soul, helping you to cope with your miscarriage.
18. Hand-embroidered name
If you’ve got some spare floss or ribbons, then hand-stitch some holiday ornaments. To get you started here’s what you’ll need:
- Small embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needles
- Water-soluble markers
- Printed pattern
Print a few patterns from online and then choose your favorite one. Or, freehand it. Then, let your imagination be free with the color design.
Color choices may begin with spiritual or religious needs but they don’t have to be the final word.
19. Child’s memorial woodblock
Here’s a DIY ornament that would be cathartic to make. Purchase some plain 3-inch woodblocks online or from a local store.
Then, get out your painting supplies to honor your little one. Because woodblocks are universal, you can paint them according to any holiday traditions from around the world.
20. Baby imprint on heart
Artisan-crafted imprints pressed into clay then kiln-fired and glazed are a special reminder of the loved one who left too soon, but left a deep impression on your hearts. Look for ones with pretty ribbons and then request personalization if it is offered.
21. Family tree with gilded dove
Decorate your holidays with a golden dove to signify your baby’s continued presence on your family tree. Let it glisten against a glossy family tree backdrop to indicate the innocence of a lost, precious love.
Once you’ve created an ornament for the holidays, you might be inclined to find a representation to hang on your walls all year round.
Treasured Ornaments for a Precious Little One
With any of the ornament options from above, you’ll be able to layer the memory of a precious little one throughout the holidays. Plus, if something speaks to you, you may find a place of reverence for it inside your home all year round.
- Adams, N. (2019). How to do hand embroidery? Embroworld. www.embroworld.com/how-to-do-hand-embroidery/