Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Nails

Several years ago, our family started a tradition of making and giving out Christmas Nails to various people we come into contact with throughout the Advent season.  We make a big batch of them at the start of the season, which is always a fun and special time.  As we are making the ornaments, we are praying for the people who will ultimately receive them

Once they are made, we keep some in a basket by our front door to give to delivery people or visitors, and we always have a few with us in my purse for when we are out.  We give these to waiters, grocery store clerks, postal workers, etc. - really anyone we come into contact with in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  

It is such a joy to see the faces of these people light up when they are given an unexpected gift.  They are always surprised and humble, and I have never had one turned down.

I have gotten several hugs and lots of tears.  Store clerks in particular are very touched, as many of the people they deal with this time of year are less than patient and way over-stressed.  Sadly, these clerks get the brunt of a lot of that frustration taken out on them.  

The ornaments are so easy to make.  All you need are a few basic supplies and a few minutes!  

7 3/4" Landscaping Nails (available at your local home improvement store)
Ribbon or Cording
Cardstock, any color
Scissors or a Paper Cutter
Hole Punch
Match, Lighter or Fray Check (optional)

Begin by clicking the printable below to download and print the explanation cards onto your cardstock.  I use white or ivory cardstock and a color printer, but you could easily use red or green cardstock and black ink.

Cut out the individual cards using either scissors or a paper cutter.

Punch a hole in the upper left corner of each card.

Run ribbon through hole and tie onto nail using a square knot.

Tie a second square knot at the top, forming a loop to hang the nail with.  I use a fireplace lighter to defray the two ends of the ribbon.  Just gently hold the flame over the very edge of the ribbon for 1/2 a second.  I do this with all my ribbons and bows!  It is an optional step, but keeps them looking nice for years to come. You can also use a match or Fray Check.

Pray over each ornament and experience the incredible joy of blessing the unexpected recipient with a special gift!

May you feel the love of Christ, as you allow Him to shine on others through you this Christmas season!


  1. LOVE this! I am going to go make these tomorrow!! I am featuring it on ladybug blessings, so make sure to go grab a featured button and thanks for linking up!

  2. OMG... I love this. I'M GOING TO DO THIS. Thank you

  3. That is such a great gift. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  4. We have a nail ornament, but haven't made them! Thank you for this great idea. I'm posting it to my pinterest account, too!

  5. I love this idea! I definitely want to try this. It really brings lots of meaning to the season to give gifts to strangers!

  6. Love this! I heard someone on the radio talking about how they made one for there tree & I was wondering how to do it. Thanks for sharing!


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