Thursday, July 3, 2014

Crafty Thursdays: Book Page Ornaments

I know Christmas in July is super early and I don't like it when retail stores rush out the holiday items before Halloween.  But I do like to be prepared and that means getting most of my Christmas shopping (and making) done by November. The goal is never have to brave a crowded mall or worry if the FC Barcelona sweat shirts I ordered for my nephews are on back order (last year's unprepared for disaster - they arrived in January.)

So every Thursday in July (and there are five of them this year) we are going to craft for a mystery themed Christmas ornament. Think of all the procrastination time that allows you.

We're starting off with the book page ornament. We've made everything else with recycled book pages, why not ornaments? 

Here are the materials you'll need:
- Glass Christmas Ornaments - I used a brand called Celebrate It and they come in a box of eight. 
- Old book pages and or maps
- Red Ribbon (or whatever color you fancy)
- A pencil
- Scissors
- Glue

Step One:
Remove the silver top of the ornament as in the photo above.

Step Two:
Cut tiny strips of paper out of the book pages and maps. We used about 20 strips per ornament, but you may want to add more or less depending on what you like. 

Step Three:
Wrap the strips around a pencil to curl them. This is just so they don't lie flat inside the ornament. 

Step Four:
Fill your ornament with the strips one by one until you like how it looks. 

Step Five:
Put the silver top back on your ornament, by squeezing the pins together and sliding them in the hole at the top. Take your ribbon and make a bow. Glue the bow onto the ornament. I used Gorilla glue, which may be overkill. 

And you are done. One ornament takes about seven minutes to make.

This is the ornament safety pinned to a rose bush. It's July so what can I tell you. 

1 comment:

  1. Ok I am totally making these and I think a child could help so it's a mom and me project.