December 18, 2012

DIY Monday: Paper Ornaments Edition

Filed under: DIY,Gifts,Inspiration — by twistedchic @ 10:18 pm
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DIY Monday is now brought to you by Tuesday!  And the letter Y! (Actually this post is brought to you by a lovely lady at the store who spontaneously offered me her spare coupon~ so there’s your story of holiday generosity!)

This year I decided to make my own ornaments.  Long story short: I don’t have any of my own; and the ones you make are always the best anyway, right? (Also, they make great gifts~)  So I went to the craft store and bought some pretty paper, star stickers, some cardstock, and gluesticks.  I also used one of the paper bags from Trader Joe’s and some ribbon I had.  Total cost for this project was about $10.



If you are going to try this at home, I would recommend you buy a template for your oraments.  Because trying to freehand draw a star took the longest time!  (For the circle ornaments, I traced a jar lid)

Once you have your template, trace and cut out a shape in cardstock, while leavig a triangular tab at the top.  Also cut out a shape in the paper of your choice (no tab) and glue the two together.  (protip: put your paper facedown on a piece of scrap paper when you apply the gluestick, and make sure you get all the edge bits)  You can trim the edges if your cardstock is a little bigger than your paper or vice versa. 


Now add the little decorative details, like some transparent paper or star stickers!  Or you could use lace, dried flowers or even glitter, if you don’t mind having glitter stuck to everything for the next year or so…

Remember the little tab you cut out of the cardstock?  This part is for the hanging ribbon.  Cut a small rectangle out of the top.  Then fold back around leaving enough room to insert a ribbon.  Glue the back tab down.  I used a light weight to hold the tab as the glue dried, this prevents it from popping apart.


You can see where I’ve glued on layers of different decorative papers

Tie your ribbon into a loop and thread the long portion through the hole.  The knot in the ribbon is what keeps it together.

The finished product!

The finished product!

After letting the glue dry, hang your ornaments and enjoy!


Happy Merry all Holidays for everyone!  Some examples include, but are not limited to: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Diwali, the Japanese New Year, Boxing Day, Las Posadas, Hogmanay, Bodhi Day, Eid-al-Adha and Winter Solstice!


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