How on earth did it get to be December already and only barely two weeks until Christmas? I just realized that I haven’t made any Christmas crafts with my girls yet this year. Last year we made lots of holiday crafts, but this year Kay is (very!) mobile and we just doesn’t seem to have the same kind of time we used to.
That’s why I wanted to create an easy project that Tee and I could do from start to clean up during Kay’s nap time. If you’re anything like me, you probably have a box or a bag filled with scraps of leftover wrapping paper from years past. In my box, some of them are pieces I kept just because I thought they were pretty. Some of them are remnants that I didn’t want to just throw out. This craft project upcycles those little, leftover pieces of wrapping paper and gives them new life as ornaments on your tree.
Here are the supplies you’ll need. You probably already have all this lying around the house, so no trip to the craft store is needed. And that’s a good thing because as far as I’m concerned there’s no such thing as a quick trip to the craft store! Gather your scrap wrapping paper, crumpled or torn tissue paper, some ribbon, a pair of scissors, a stapler, a pencil, and a jar/container to draw your circle around. I used an old plastic container.
Tee picked the papers she wanted and used the container to trace circles on the back. (A great opportunity for her to practice her pencil grip and fine motor skills!) I cut out the circles, and Tee decided which ones to put together. We used the stapler to staple the papers together right side out about two thirds of the way around, leaving a gap at the top of the ornament. Then she stuffed the little “pockets” with loosely crumpled up tissue paper.
I cut a 6″ length of ribbon (you could use recycled ribbon here too) and tied the ends together to form a loop. Then we finished stapling the rest of the way around. Stapling over the ribbon with the knot on the inside of the ornament keeps the ribbon from slipping out.
This project is very quick and simple enough to make with young children. Kids can decorate these with upcycled Christmas ornaments with old bows, tags, and other wrapping materials. Not only is this an environmentally-friendly craft project, it’s also a nice way to commemorate certain occasions too. On a couple of the ornaments I was able to use scraps of the same wrapping paper I used for Tees first Christmas.
What Christmas crafts have you done this year?
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