First Homemade Ornaments of the Season

by Angela aka Farmer Jane on December 10, 2012 · 0 comments

See the little gift wrapped box? That’s not a gift, but an ornament. It isn’t even a box, but just a piece of green rigid foam I had.

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)
  • Foam
  • Scissors
  • 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!

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