Monday, March 21, 2016

Ornament Review: A Home for Wren - Marjolein's Garden #2 - 2015 Hallmark Ornament

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Beautiful ornament
Cons: Doesn’t look much like Christmas; tips
The Bottom Line:
Artistic birdhouse
In beautiful ornament
Great for all year round

Prepare a House for the Spring’s Returning Birds

I generally don’t do much outside of decorating for Christmas, however I am starting to slowly change that thanks to Hallmark’s decorations.  For example, I keep saving the Marjolein’s Garden series for spring.  A Home for Wren is the second in this beautiful series.

As you might expect from the title, the ornament features a bird outside a birdhouse.  The birdhouse itself is round, made from birch bark (or at least painted to look that way), and decorated with a thatch roof and flowers and holly.  There is a small bird sitting on the perch outside.  The house is surrounded by plants.

As you can see, there is nothing super Christmassy about it, which is why I almost passed on this series to begin with.  But I kept being drawn back to the beauty of the ornaments.  It’s no surprise that they are stunning since they are based on the artwork of Marjolein Bastin, who has created some wonderful cards and artwork for Hallmark over a very long and successful career.  This ornament doesn’t have stunning colors, but the subtle and realistic color is actually part of what makes it more beautiful.

Now you’d think being a birdhouse, you’d be able to set this ornament out and enjoy it year round, but that’s not the case.  One of the flowers sticks down below bottom of the bird house, so the ornament actually tips back slightly if you try to set it out.  Personally, I wouldn’t leave it set out to avoid any potential of breaking that flower pedal. 

When you slip a hook through the loop at the top of the ornament, you’ll find that it tips forward slightly.  It’s slight enough you might be able to disguise it depending on where you hang it, but it is certainly noticeable.

You’ll find the 2 in a Christmas tree series marker on the bottom.

Whether you use this for Christmas, spring, or both, you’ll find that A Home for Wren adds a beautiful touch to your decorations.

Check out more nature themed ornaments with the rest of the Marjolein's Garden series.

Original Price: $17.95


  1. It's cute, and would definitely be nice to have out in the spring.