This weekend I decided to make some Christmas ornaments since I was bored, I didn’t feel like leaving the house and I’m feeling down so I hoped crafts (and Christmas crafts at that!) would cheer me up. I had previously seen some ornaments for sale at HomeGoods that I used as my inspiration.
I didn’t want to spend a dime on these so I looked around the house to see what I had lying around to make similar but not identical ornaments. I gathered my supplies:
- Book (1)
- Paper cutter (1)
- Cuttlebug (2)
- Scalloped Circle Spellbinders (2)
- Double-sided tape
- Holiday scrapbook paper (3)
- Holiday felt pieces (4)
- Hole punch
Step 1. Rip pages out of the book of your choice. For each ornament, you’ll need two pages from the book. I made six ornaments so I ripped out twelve pages (and let me tell you, it was difficult to do since I normally see ripping up books as some sort of sin.)
Step 2. Using the paper cutter, trim the paper so that only the text is on the page – remove all white border. (Note: You can also skip this step but I didn’t want a border on my ornaments so I opted to trim the pages.) Repeat for each page.
Step 3. Using the Scor-Buddy, lightly score each page so that folding is easier. I made my marks every 6/8” so that the folds would all be roughly the same size. Again, this is optional but I found that it makes crisp folds and took the guesswork of measuring out of the equation for me.
Note: If you didn’t trim the edges of the book page, your circle may look something like this instead:
I love the look of both but I wanted mine to be a tad smaller and originally I preferred the text-only look but today I’m digging them both. Fickle mind!
Now you need to put something on top of your circle. I wanted a scalloped circle of craft paper with a felt embellishment on top so I used what I had on hand: a Cuttlebug and Spellbinders scalloped circle cutting tools. You could also cut out circles using a paper punch or by tracing a cup/bowl/plate/other circular object. Work with what you have!
Step 10. Cut out your circle. If you use the Cuttlebug, this will take you mere seconds, which is why I LOVE that tool! I simply placed the green board down, then the clear ‘C’ plate (‘c’ for cutting), placed my paper facing up, the Spellbinder facing down and then the clear ‘B’ plate. I cranked the wheel to pull the plates through the Cuttlebug.
Step 12: String thread through the ornament so that you can hang them to your tree. I punched a small hole through the book page and then tied gold string to the ornament.