Hello, and welcome to the Bee’s Knees, the weekly special here at Comic Booked where I take a look at some of the different ways people combine words and pictures. This week we’re getting into the holiday spirit with decorating the tree—with words!

Word ornaments are not very common, and with good reason. Why use words when you could more easily use a picture or sculpture? How can you make words look interesting, and what could you say with words that wouldn’t be better said in any other kind of ornament?

A lot, as it turns out. True, there are the traditional “word ornaments,” like the one you see above from Terry’s Village. They can be a simple but elegant way to verbalize your feelings toward this time of year. Artists have also added a pleasant spin to some word ornaments, such as the dangling ornaments from Hooked on Hallmark that you see below. There’s something very pleasant about the repetitive “HoHoHo” or “FaLaLaLaLa” that looks cute and eye-catching on the tree.

dangle ornaments

 

What’s the best way to approach it? Well, my personal favorite also happens to be listed as a craft idea at Babble.com. The idea is simple: why choose between words and pictures when you can have both? The Scrabble ornament you see here was made from somebody’s old Scrabble tiles that have now been given new life. Any word, any sentiment, can be put together with old scrabble tiles and a bit of glue to make a word sculpture that’s personal, aesthetically appealing, and makes a statement.

 

Scrabble Ornament

And that’s the bee’s knees for this week! Please join me next Friday for another way people blend words and pictures to create all-new forms of art. In the meantime, feel free to tell me in the comments section if there’s something you know of I should write about. What other ways could you use words for holiday decorations or Christmas tree ornaments? Please share!