I scurried around the house this morning trying to find things to make my little gift ornaments.
I here’s what I had laying around:
- A booklet of craft paper with different designs on it
- Jute twine
- Masking tape (you can use clear tape if you want a more finished look)
- Hole punch
- A darling little assistant who tired of cutting paper
- Lots of energy
It’s probably the easiest thing you could do in terms of homemade ornaments, and you can use a variety of objects that would normally be thrown away and end up in a landfill.
Here is a short list of other things to wrap up and use as ornaments:
- Empty cigarette boxes
- Old jewelery box
- Empty Juice boxes
- Empty soap boxes
- Empty vitamin boxes
- Any other small type empty box
- You can use old torn books as wrapping paper since the boxes are fairly small
- Create tags so the year can be labeled and also to let others know that it’s an ornament, and not necessarily a gift, unless, you’re planning on giving ornaments as gifts.
I lost count of how many I made
Here is some of my messy process:
I cut strips to make the tags
Folded each one and cut a triangle out of the open side
Hole punched and personalized each tag since I know my kids are gonna steal these right off the tree to take home this year. It seems to be a tradition, so I made lots of them.
Rough cut green floral foam (I wasn’t planning on using it for anything) eyeballed instead of measured. I didn’t want everything to be even and perfect. I love the charm of imperfection and homey personal touches.
These are the different designs I used from the book I had
This is the first time I’ve used my hands for fine motor function (other than typing) since August. My hands normally would cramp up, and I would have joint pain if I tried to sew, or do anything that would require using my hands for more than an hour. After that, I couldn’t sew or use my hands for at least week or more after resting them.
And today? Well, lets just say that I have been going since 10:00 am and as of the writing of this post (7:30pm) my hands do not hurt, and I’ve been cutting paper, tying knots, and writing, non-stop. Simone is fast asleep as I write this, and I’m still going strong! My energy level and ability to use my hands and joints is nothing short of a miracle.
I feel great!