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Design Your Own Family and Pet Christmas Ornaments

Design Your Own Family and Pet Christmas Ornaments

How To Personalize Your Own Family and Pet Christmas Ornaments for the 2020 Holiday

One of the most beloved holiday traditions is coming together as a family to decorate the Christmas tree with festive ornaments. At Calliope Designs, we love to celebrate all of life’s little moments of happiness with our original clay ornaments. Each adornment holds cherished memories of special moments, loved ones, and important life events. 

When you add a personalized Christmas ornament to your collection or gift one to a loved one, you are giving them a sentimental piece of history that will be held dear for years to come. At Calliope Designs, you can now continue this heartfelt tradition by designing your own personalized Christmas ornament featuring your family and your darling pets! 

Read on to learn how you can custom design your own meaningful family keepsakes to add to your ornament collection or give as nostalgic gifts this holiday season!

1. Choose Your Ornament Design

Personalize a Christmas Tree Ornament Design

This whimsical Christmas tree-shaped dough ornament is handcrafted of polymer clay and measures about  6″ X 4″. It is the perfect design for adding every member of large families, and all their lovable pets. 

Customize a Stocking Ornament Design

Our stocking ornament design is handmade with green and red polymer clay and measures 4″ X 3.5″. Of the three design choices, this one is the smallest but still offers plenty of space to add family members and furry friends!

Choose a Fireplace Ornament Design

Our fireplace and mantle ornaments depict a cozy Christmas scene and measures about 5” tall by 4” wide. This ornament is perfect for adding one or two family pets, custom messages, and a stocking for every family member’s names.

2. Select Your Family Size

Once you have settled on your ornament design you can now further customize your design by adding all your family members and their names or nicknames. Our ornaments can make great gifts for singles living on their own, couples spending their first holiday together, and families of just about any size!

If you have a large family, or multiple generations you want to add to your custom Christmas ornament, no problem! You can design your own ornament with up to nine characters and names

3. Add Your Pets to Your Ornament

When designing your own custom Christmas ornament don’t forget to add all your furry friends! We have detailed over two dozen different cats and dogs to choose from to add a truly personalized touch. 

We have 20 different dog breeds that you can add to your custom ornament design, from Chihuahuas to Pitbulls and pretty much everything in between. Whether you have a tuxedo kitty or a lovable orange-haired tomcat at home, our detailed cat characters are sure to capture their personality. 

If your household is lucky enough to have both cats and dogs we can add both to the same ornament! There will still be plenty of space to add all your pet’s names for the ultimate custom keepsake.

4. Add a Custom Phrase

To further customize your Christmas ornament you can add a special phrase! We have a selection of common holiday saying that you can choose from, or you can add your own! This is the perfect time to commemorate a family slogan, a sentimental note, or a funny inside joke!

5. Add the Date

The last step in creating your custom ornament is the add the year! Our artist will delicately hand inscribe “2020” to any of our custom holiday designs.  Our personalized ornaments also make great gifts for commemorating an anniversary or any other significant event, so we would be more than happy to add any year you desire.

Design a Personalized Family Christmas Ornament Featuring Your Pets from Calliope Designs

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Discover why so many families have incorporated Calliope Designs personalized Christmas ornaments into their holiday traditions for over 40 years! Whether you are looking to create the perfect gift for a loved one or want to honor your own special memories, a custom-designed ornament is a timeless addition to any holiday celebration.

 Start designing your own personalized ornaments for the 2020 holiday season today! Order early to ensure your custom ornaments are personalized to your exact specification. Have your orders in before December 18th for guaranteed delivery for Christmas with First-Class Mail!

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5 New Personalized Christmas Ornament Designs for 2020

new personalized christmas ornaments for 2020

New Calliope Designs Personalized Christmas Ornaments Available Now!

At Calliope Designs, we count down to Christmas all year long! The holiday shopping season has already kicked off with our premiere of over 100 new 2020 Christmas ornament designs. Calliope’s original dough ornaments are all hand-made with care, and can be personalized to make the perfect sentimental gift. With thousands of unique designs to choose from, we are confident you can find the ideal personalized gift to commemorate this eventful year for everyone on your Nice List.

Read on to take a peek at some of our brand new personalized Christmas ornament designs for the 2020 holiday season!

1. Celebrate a Year of Distance Learning with a Personalized Ornament

The holiday season brings a well-deserved break for all our hard-working distance learners and their incredible teachers! At Calliope Designs, we have customizable Christmas gifts that will help show your support to anyone adjusting to a new online curriculum. 

Our customizable first day of school and graduation ornaments are a great way to commemorate a successful year. And don’t forget about all those dedicated teachers out there, making it all possible! Customize one of our new teacher ornaments for a unique gift they will love for years to come. 

Student with Tablet Ornament

Congratulate the new digital whiz in the family for getting through the 2020 school year with new distancing learning methods. These brand new tablet ornaments are hand-made with care by our talented artisans, and can be customized with a name and the year!

2. Celebrate New Hobbies this Year

2020 had its ups and downs, but for many people, one good thing that came out of this year was discovering new hobbies. However you spent your downtime this year, we are confident we have a custom Christmas ornament to celebrate it!

Cycling Couple Ornament

After spending so much time cooped up at home, nothing beats getting some fresh air and going for a good bike ride. If you and your significant other like cycling together, our handmade Bicycling Couple ornament is the perfect addition to your tree this year!

3. Welcome the New Baby with a Personalized Ornament

At Calliope Designs, we have hundreds of customizable baby ornaments for you to choose from. From pregnancy announcements to baby’s first Christmas – and everything in between – you can find a gift to celebrate your growing family this holiday season!

New Baby Ornament

If you welcomed home a new baby in 2020, this Christmas is sure to be one you will never forget. Commemorate your child’s first Christmas with one of our new personalized baby ornaments, and cherish this time for years to come.

4. New Personalized Ornaments for Families

We celebrate families of all shapes and sizes at Calliope designs! Our handmade family ornaments are perfect keepsakes to pass down to your children and even your grandchildren! Personalize your family ornament to feature everyone’s name or a meaningful message to celebrate another year together as a family.

Personalized Family Ornament with a Christmas Tree

One of the most exciting holiday traditions is coming together as a family to decorate the Christmas Tree! Customize our new family of four Christmas tree ornaments to feature siblings or grandchildren.

5. New Custom Pet Ornaments

Add a furry family member to your Christmas tree with one of our personalized pet ornaments. Whether you’re shopping for a cat person or a dog person, one of our custom tree decorations will be the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone with a four-legged friend at home.

Personalized Dog Groomer Ornament

You can’t forget about the ones who make sure our family pets always look their best! Our new personalized dog groomer ornament is a great way to show your appreciation this Christmas.

Shop all Our New Personalized Christmas Ornaments From Calliope Designs

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As our selection grows with new designs every year, so can your collection of personalized Christmas ornaments. Check out these and many more brand new 2020 Christmas ornaments from Calliope Design and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Shop our entire collection of customizable Christmas ornaments online today!

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Catchy Quotes About Our Pets

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Personalized Pet Christmas Ornaments at Calliope Designs

We love our pets and expect very little in return for their food, their home, their entertainment.  Of course, our dogs and cats entertain us too.  Our dogs take us out for walks so we can get our exercise.  They sleep on our bed so we can stay warm.  They lick the tears off our faces when we are sad.  And wag their tails in greeting making us feel welcomed upon coming home.  Our kitty cats are equally adorable in their habits but do tend to keep us on our toes in the expectations department, as we accept they will only do what they want to do about 99.9% of each day.

The holidays are even more fun when you have a pet, and we’ve made quite a selection of adorable pet personalized Christmas ornaments for our own pets, and for gifts for friends.

Here are some funny and thoughtful quotes from some famous people, and some anonymous contributors.  Quotes are interesting ways to start fun discussions at the dinner table with your family, especially children.

A house is not a home without a pet. – Anonymous

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.  Abraham Lincoln

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.  Roger Caras

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Ben Williams

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man. – Mark Twain

The Cat. He walked by himself, and all places were alike to him. – Rudyard Kipling

You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, ‘My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that! – Dave Barry

Dogs have owners; cats have staff. – Anonymous

Cat Law of Selective Hearing “A cat can hear a mouse yawning a mile away while filtering out the sound of a pleading human just six feet away. – Anonymous

Thousands of years ago, cats were worshiped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this. – Anonymous

The most affectionate creature in the world is a wet dog. – Ambrose Bierce

“The purity of a person’s heart can be quickly measured by how they regard animals” ~ Anonymous

“A dog has lots of friends because he wags his tail and not his tongue.” ~ Anonymous

“If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

“…he will be our friend for always and always and always.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“No matter how close we are to another person, few human relationships are as free from strife, disagreement, and frustration as is the relationship you have with a good dog. Few human beings give of themselves to another as a dog gives of itself. I also suspect that we cherish dogs because their unblemished souls make us wish – consciously or unconsciously – that we were as innocent as they are, and make us yearn for a place where innocence is universal and where the meanness, the betrayals, and the cruelties of this world are unknown.” ― Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog

Grow your Holiday Traditions with Custom Gifts from Calliope Designs

Celebrate any occasion with a personalized ornament from Calliope Designs. View all our amazing and diverse designs on our online shop today!

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DIY Fun Family Ornaments with Pets

Wreath for Family of 3 with 2 Pets Personalized christmas Ornament

Design Your Own Family Ornaments with Pet!

Our Design your Own ornament section has been so popular that we decided to add some great new products. Introducing Family Ornaments with Pets! We really love all of the family ornaments with pets that we’ve created over the years. And we know how important it is to include them in your family ornaments. The great thing about this particular ornament is that you can select your base, the exact number of family members in your family, or your friends or neighbors family, and then add pets – either cats or dogs! And because we know that no two cats or dogs are the same, we have a nice big selection of pets.

So first choose your base: either a little white house, a Christmas tree, or a holiday wreath. The house is a white, two-story home with a red front door. The roof is pretty red and white candy cane, and the windows are bright yellow. The Christmas tree is decorated with colorful ornaments. And the holiday wreath is topped with a pretty red and white candy cane striped bow.

Then choose your family members! Each family member can be customized with their name and Christmas hat.

And lastly, choose your pets! Pick the dog and/or cat that most closely represents your pet, and then personalize it with the perfect color. We can also inscribe your cat and/or dog’s name on a little fish or bone!

When a person does a home design, some of the phrases that are popular are:

  • First Christmas in Our New Home
  • From Our House to Yours
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Home is Where the Heart Is
  • Our Family Home
  • Good Neighbors are a Blessing
  • God Bless Our Home
  • Our Family
  • Occasionally people enjoy entering the address across the base – especially when they’ve just moved.

Check out all of our available Family Ornaments with Pets!

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Crafty Idea: A Doggy Wreath!

westie in stocking personalized pet christmas ornament

Another great idea found on the world wide web!  No polyurethane required on this gift! It’s edible.  So your special pooch will be oh so happy!

A Great Craft Idea for Your Pets!

Again, please include the little ones in your home in this project!  They will love spending the time with you making something their very favorite dog in the whole wide world will get on Christmas morning.  Of course, you might have some explaining to do as to why Santa doesn’t deliver gifts to pets as well as children, but be creative!  I’m sure you’ll think of something!

After you’re finished, we invite you to take a look at our darling pet ornaments and family trees with pets.  Those are in the DIY section, or the title Design Your Own!  It’s pretty fun and something that will last forever.

Whether given to your own pet or a friend’s Fido, this wreath with edible ornaments is the perfect pooch present.


  • 12-inch cardboard circle, or a 12-inch Styrofoam wreath (available at craft supply stores)
  • Scissors
  • 5 yards of ribbon and matching bow
  • Large dog bones
  • Dog toys
  • Tape
  • Evergreens, optional


  1. If using the cardboard round, trace an 8-inch circle in the middle of it (a small mixing bowl or plate will be approximately the right size). With the scissors, cut out the inner circle, leaving a ring or wreath shape.
  2. Tape the ribbon onto the back of the cardboard wreath or tie it to the Styrofoam wreath and start winding it around the circle on a slight diagonal. Once you have come full circle, cut the ribbon and tape it down.
  3. Next, cut ten or so 9-inch lengths of ribbon for attaching the dog bones and toys. Attach eat treat separately by first placing the dog bone or toy on the wreath and securing it by placing a length of ribbon across it. Flip the wreath over and tie the ribbon securely in a knot, making sure there is no slack in the loop around the bone or toy. (This tying method allows the items to be removed one at a time without displacing the others.) Continue tying on the bones and toys in this fashion, leaving a 3-inch space for the bow between the first and the last treat.

For a fuller look, tape greens onto the cardboard round or push the ends into the Styrofoam wreath. With the remaining length of ribbon, tie a loop on the back of the wreath at the top so that it can be easily hung for all to see — especially the puppy dog

This crafty gift idea was found on Disney Family fun website!  Be sure and check it out for some great gift ideas.

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Crafty Idea: Cute Photo Frame Gift for your Pup!

Dog House Photo Frame personalized christmas ornaments

We believe in do it yourself projects to make Christmas gifts, and I’m always on the lookout for cute Pet gifts!  I know there are dozens of stores, big and small, brick and mortar and online, that sell thousands of dog gifts!  But here’s a way you can make something really cute for very little money!

Photo Frame for Your Puppy Ornament

If you have children, don’t forget to include them in the crafting of this gift!  They’ll love being involved and will be proud of their accomplishment!  What a great way to encourage the love of giving in a child – which of course starts at home!

Your family dog will look pretty as a picture when her snapshot is displayed in this dog-bone frame.


  • Flat wooden frame
  • Dog-bone treats
  • Water-based high-gloss polyurethane
  • Small paint brush
  • Hot glue


  1. Remove the glass and the cardboard backing from a flat wooden frame and set them aside. Lay the wood, face side up, on a flat working surface and arrange crunchy dog-bone treats on top of it. Place them horizontally, end to end to fashion a border all the way around, or diagonally to accent the corners.
  2. Once the pattern is determined, remove the dog bones, lay them face down, and apply a coat of water-based high-gloss polyurethane to the backs. this is important to protect the dog bones from invasions by bugs, and from deterioration due to moisture or humidity in the atmosphere.
  3.  Once dry, hot-glue the bones to the frame so that the polyurethaned sides are against the frame (adults only).
  4. Apply polyurethane to the tops and sides of the glued-on dog bones, let dry, and apply another coat of polyurethane.
  5. When the final coat is completely dry, insert the puppy’s photo and reassemble the frame.
  6. Some wrapping hints….. with all pet products it’s probably a good idea to put them somewhere up high, out of reach of the curious and always hungry dog!  We don’t want to spoil the Christmas morning surprise with a ripped open package… and polyurethane doesn’t taste all that great either… even to a dog that will eat everything!

Don’t forget to check out all of our custom-made pet ornaments at  We have dog bones to be personalized with the name of your dog and the year.  We have family trees with adorable dogs to be added to the family, and dog house ornaments with different represented breeds of dogs!

This great handcrafted gift idea was found on the Disney Fun Family website.  Be sure and check it out for many cool gift ideas!

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Gifts for Your Favorite Pooch!

Family and Dog: Couple with Pet personalized christmas Ornaments

Yes, we know our Dogs are an important part of the family, really, family members!  And what’s more, fun than cooking up a batch of Christmas treats for your special Fido to put in his Christmas stocking on the mantle on Christmas Eve!  But be careful…. if you don’t hang it high enough Fido might just do some pre-Christmas morning snooping!

Great Gift Ideas for Your Pets

Here’s a recipe I found on the internet for Doggy Bark! If you have children, be sure and get them involved in creating these treats – it’s a great way to start learning the love of giving, as well as learning how to cook!

Be sure to use carob chips — chocolate is harmful to canines.


    • 4 cups carob chips
    • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts or chopped walnuts
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. In a bowl, melt the carob chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir them with a wooden spoon, then microwave for 30 seconds more.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter and microwave for another 15 seconds. Stir the ingredients again to combine.
  3. Add the nuts and the cinnamon, then stir the mixture to coat the nuts.
  4. Line an edged cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the mixture onto the foil and chill it for 15 minutes in the freezer or 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
  5. Remove the bark and break it into roughly 1- by 2-inch pieces. Store it in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Makes about 70 pieces.

Sounds good enough to eat!  There’s nothing in this recipe that isn’t good for humans alike, so try if you are so inclined.

Be sure to check out our special Dog Bone Personalized ornaments at – we have tan ones and white ones, and all can be personalized with your favorite dogs name and the year!

This great handcrafted gift idea was found on the Disney Fun Family website.  Be sure and check it out for many cool gift ideas!