I’m participating in The Nester’s 31 Days Challenge, so for the month of October I’ll be writing each day about 31 Days of Christmas: plan a little now to enjoy it more later. You can see all of the posts here. I hope that your weekend is off to a great start! I still have more posts focused on planning ahead for Christmas, but I thought it’d be fun to share a couple of quick DIY ornaments with y’all today. You may have seen this image floating around Pinterest:
It comes from here, where you can find a great tutorial on creating a wedding invitation ornament; you simply cut the invitation into strips, wrap the strips around a pencil to curl them, and then drop the curls into a glass ornament. I actually did this as a Christmas present for my sister after she got married right before Christmas in 2011 –
Last year, she made me and Matt one with our wedding invitation! She actually made ours more awesome by putting it in a bigger ornament with a picture from our wedding, but it broke on the plane ride home so I put the invitation curls into a regular-sized ornament – I’m going to share with y’all how to do this but instead of using a wedding invitation, I’m going to put a little twist on it. A few years ago I got a great roll of wrapping paper from Sam’s Club; it’s double-sided with Christmas trees on one side and swirls and snowflakes on the other. The roll is huge because I’ve been using it for years and it still has more paper on it than I have on most brand-new rolls. To get started in making these ornaments, I cut a piece of wrapping paper about 11″x8″ from the roll and used a paper cutter to cut strips about 1/2″ wide. I realized that the strips curl better if they’re not that long, so I should have cut them in half at the beginning; strips about 1/2″ x 5″ or so are ideal. One by one, I took the strips and wrapped them around a pencil to curl them. I slid the paper off of the pencil to keep it in a tight circle and then dropped it into the top of the ornament. The ornaments I used came from Michael’s; they are plain glass ornaments that came in a package of 6 for $5 (but Michael’s usually has 40% off coupons on their website or in their ad). Here’s the label from the back in case you’re looking for them: The tops come off of the ornaments very easily. I dropped the curled up paper strips in one by one. Here is the ornament with just a few curls – And here it is with more curls (you can see the improvement!) – A few times during the process, I used my pencil to shake up the curls in the ornament. It just kept the curls from sticking together too much. Here is the finished ornament – Do you like it? I was really pleased with how it came out! As I was doing this ornament, I thought about how pretty it would be with curled up ribbon, so when I was done with the wrapping paper ornament, I ran upstairs (to the gift wrap closet) and grabbed some curling ribbon in red, gold, and green. I cut the ribbon into pieces about 5″ long and then curled each piece like I did the wrapping paper. I wrapped each piece around the pencil, slid it off, and dropped it into the ornament! Here is the ornament partially filled up – And here is the finished curly ribbon ornament –
What do y’all think? I shared this to show you that there are some really easy and inexpensive ways to do crafty things around Christmas. It honestly took me less than an hour (including taking a bunch of pictures) to make both ornaments. I don’t want this to be just one more thing that you feel pressured to add to you Christmas to-do list, but instead I hope that it’s a fun way for you to release some creative energy or to give handmade gifts to loved ones. Have y’all made any Christmas ornaments? If any of you try this, will you let me know? I’m sure that y’all can come up with some even better than mine!
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