For the Crafter: Paper Ornaments.
An inexpensive way to create cheery, colorful decorations—you’ll want to get the kids in on this!
What you’ll need:
- Pliable poster board or heavy construction paper (assorted colors)
- Patterned crafting paper
- Popsicle sticks
- Pipe cleaners
- Hole punch
- Hot glue gun
Instructions for Spheres:
- Cut poster board (or construction paper) into ten 1 ½ inch by 9 inch strips.
- Stack them in the order you want the colors to alternate in the ornament.
- Using a hole punch, make a hole about 1/8 inch from each end of the strips.
- Bow the stack of strips into a U shape and thread a pipe cleaner through each hole, leaving 1 ½ inches sticking out of each end.
- Take a smaller piece of pipe cleaner and wrap it around these ends (at the base) so that the strips stay put.
- Take a pencil or pen and wrap around the ends to create a curly pigtail.
- Wrap a metal ornament hanger around the tip of one of pipe cleaner pigtails and it’s ready to hang!
Instructions for Christmas presents:
- Hot glue popsicle sticks into a square frame.
- Cut patterned paper into two 6 ½ inch by 6 inch pieces. (Each side can be a different pattern.)
- Take two pipe cleaners and wrap each one around a pencil to create a spiral effect.
- Glue each paper section to either side of the popsicle frame, leaving room to insert the pipe cleaners (each one now looped end-to-end). Placed side-by-side, they form the “bow” to your present-shaped ornament.
- This ornament should be stiff enough to place on the bough of a tree without a hanger.
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