Tuesday, December 8, 2009

FUN Paper Ornaments!

I am happy to say that my 2 boys inherited my love for working with their hands. We are always looking for crafts that they can do with me. I saw an idea for paper ornaments a while back, and decided to put my own spin on it. I have TONS of scrapbook stuff but have not scrapped in a long time, so this one allows me to use some of that fantastic paper. Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make your own.
Materials:
Scrapbook Paper (the thicker kind works best)
Ribbon
Hole Punch
Scissors or Paper Cutter

This is REALLY EASY and there are a million different ways you could do this and get very different looks. Feel free to put your own spin on it, but here is how I did mine.

I took 12x12 scrapbook paper, and cut it in half. I then cut the 6x12 piece of paper into 12 strips of 1x6 inch paper. Next, pick 6-12 pieces of the colors you like and make a pile. The more paper you use the fuller your ornament will be. If you choose a double sided paper, then you may want to use fewer pieces so you can see in the middle.

Now, punch a hole in both ends of the strips.

Cut a piece of ribbon 22-24 inches long. Fold it in half and feed it through one of the holes.
Tie a knot.

Feed the other end of the ribbon through the other hole and decide where you want to tie your knot. This will determine whether the ornament is short and fat or tall and skinny. I liked mine best short and fat, but that is your preference.
(I added a bead to this one, but not the others, so that is optional.)

Spread out the strips of paper.

Next, let your extremely proud toddler hold up what he made for the camera.

Finally, take your new ornaments and put them on your tree for all to enjoy!
I hope you make some of these. They really are quick and easy. Let me know if you do. I'd love to see them!
I am linking up to a few other blogs for this one:
DIY Day @ ASPTL

16 comments:

Ms Bibi said...

What a pretty ornaments.

It looks like something I can do with my boys.
Thank you for sharing....great idea.

peace.love.applesauce said...

Too cute & I love the star on the top of your tree!

Richella said...

These are absolutely adorable! And I'm not really good with paper, but I think I could do this! Thanks for the instructions.

Hope you're having a wonderful Advent season!

Valerie said...

so cute! i am filing this one at thecraftersfilebox.com- again!

thanks for sharing! my kids and i should have some fun trying this out! :)

Delightful Dwelling said...

How neat! I'm always looking for craft ideas using scrapbook paper, I have quite a stash.

Heather L. said...

Those are great! I will definitely try these with my girls. They love to do crafty stuff, too.

Amanda said...

Love it! I have some spare scrapbook paper leftover from a Mod Podge project that will work perfectly!

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Oh my gosh!!! I am soooo lovin' these~

Angie said...

These are so cute! May have to try my hand at it too!

Our Family said...

I love those ornaments! What a great idea! :)

Kimm at Reinvented said...

These are great! I love the look, what a great project for kids.

aurora said...

I love your blog! Been lurking and thought I'd say hi.
Great ornaments. :D

Carri said...

Wow how pretty and simple enough for even me (who is completely craft challenged) to do. I am sure my kids are going to love this. Thanks for sharing.

Jade said...

These are so neat! They seem pretty easy too! I love the paper you chose!

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BlueCastle said...

LOVE this! Congrats on getting listed on Kimba's linky love. :) Woohoo!

Julia @AllFreeChristmasCrafts said...

Hi Mandi,

I absolutely love this project and would love to link to it on AllFreeChristmasCrafts.com. I think our readers would really love this project. If this is something you're interested in, please contact me. My address is jlitz (at) primecp (dot) com. Thanks and great work!

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