Making your own tree ornaments can be pretty festive. Seeing those ornaments hanging on a White House Christmas tree? That definitely kicks it up a few eggnogs.
Five makers will get to experience that thrill when they have their ornaments displayed in the East Wing this holiday as winners of aThe trinkets touch on themes like peace and harmony and even pay tribute to government institutions and past US presidents.
The White House, in partnership with the Smithsonian and Instructables ran the challenge asking the DIY community to submit their ideas. Over 300 artists, students and makers from across the US took part in the competition.
According to the contest guidelines on Instructables, the submitted entries should "reflect the magic and wonder of the holidays; ornaments that represent winter sports, toys, activities, symbols, and anything that inspires you during the festive winter season."
Some of the winning ornaments were created to reflect peace on Earth and good will toward others.
"Much like the way it was created, through the mirroring and patterning of a simple line, the Star of Bliss signifies how a small act of kindness can transform and spread to create a wonderful final result," winner Roy Eid wrote about his winning ornament design.
Other ornaments honor past US presidents as well as the White House and the Library of Congress.
"I wanted to do something inspired by one of our family's favorite DC destinations -- the Reading Room in the Library of Congress' Jefferson Building," winning designer Vicky Somma wrote about her Library of Congress ornament. "The beauty of the building and knowledge within is a great testament to the best of mankind and all the accomplishments yet to come."
"Paying tribute to the White House and US Presidents, 44 shining stars orbiting the Christmas Star pay homage to the 44 presidents who have led this nation since the days of George Washington," Hall wrote about his "Presidents of Christmas Past & Present" ornament.
Not only do the winning 3D ornaments decorate the White House tree, the designs will also be displayed in the Smithsonian's state of the art online 3D data platform, 3d.si.edu. After the holiday season, the winning models will join a collection of White House ornaments in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
The full list of winners includes:
"Winter Wonderland of Innovation" -- created by: David Moore and Brandy Badami, Livonia, Mich.
"Winter Snowflakes" -- created by: Gil Rivera, Montclair, N.J.
"Library of Congress" -- created by: Vicky Somma, Occoquan, Va.
"Presidents of Christmas Past & Present" -- created By: Antar Gamble Hall, New York, N.Y.
"Star of Bliss" -- created By: Roy Eid, Houston
All design submissions to the Challenge are available on Instructables to decorate your own Christmas tree.