31 Days – Curly Paper and Ribbon Ornaments {Day 5}

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:

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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 –

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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 – Wedding Invitation Ornament - MrsBomb.com 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. Wrapping Paper 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. Wrapping Paper Strips One by one, I took the strips and wrapped them around a pencil to curl them. Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com 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. Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com 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). Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com Here’s the label from the back in case you’re looking for them: Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com The tops come off of the ornaments very easily. Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com I dropped the curled up paper strips in one by one. Here is the ornament with just a few curls – Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com And here it is with more curls (you can see the improvement!) – Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com 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 – Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com 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. Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com 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 – Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com And here is the finished curly ribbon ornament – Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com

Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com   Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com 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!   Curly Ornaments - MrsBomb.com

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  • http://itsomuchfunwatchingod.blogspot.com/ nancy

    This is a wonderful little ‘first Christmas’ present. Thanks for the idea.
    Oooo… For those of us who are never content to have the same decor more than a few months at a time, it would be really easy to change your Christmas color scheme using these. Just change out the ribbon!

    • http://www.mrsbomb.com Helen

      Yeah – the wedding invitation ornament is a great gift! And that’s a wonderful idea about changing out the ribbon with your color scheme. It might be hard to get it out, though…it would depend on how big the pieces of ribbon are and what kind of tweezers you have to get it. (And be careful putting your fingers near the opening of the ornament…I cut my finger pretty badly one time!)

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  • Amy @ Permanent Kisses

    What a great Ornament project. I have been looking for a few that we can make with the kids. Thanks for sharing.

    • Helen Archer

      Oh, it would be so fun to do with kids! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  • http://akabailey.blogspot.com/ Bailey

    I love this idea!! I especially love that you can do it in any color scheme that you’d like, so you can make your ornaments different every single year if you want to! Great tutorial 🙂


    • Helen Archer

      Thanks, Bailey! 🙂 You’re right – you could do them with whatever colors/patterns you wanted! Ahh so many possibilities!

  • Ruth @ LivingWellSpendingLess

    Making some of our own ornaments is at the top of my to-do list for Christmas this year and I LOVE this idea. The wrapping paper is just so stunning, I want to try it with ribbon too. Thank you for sharing and for linking up to Thrifty Thursday.

    • Helen Archer

      Thanks Ruth! I’m glad you like the idea! It’s so fun and easy – let me know if you try it and how it turns out! 🙂

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