Friday, November 30, 2012

Deck the Halls with Children

Christmas shrubery

We made our first decorations!  My inspiration was this ornament here {if you get a screen trying to convince you to sign up for Better Homes and Gardens, just click the green button up top that says continue to your page}
These are the supplies we used:

Glass ball ornaments, paper crimper, paper cutter, & double sided scrapbook paper.  Plus the paper shredder, and chopsticks are helpful if you want to arrange the paper inside the ornament.  Please be careful of fingers, one of mine had a sharpish point inside the rim.

Apparently, scrapbook paper has selvedge edges like fabric {and is just as pretty & fun - must resist the urge to start a new stash!}.  My papers were from two collections - winter tortellini and spinach soup for jillibean soup & Christmas cheer for lilybeedesign.

I had visions of long strips of crimped paper gracefully curled inside the glass balls, but after crimping the paper {I had to cut it in half first} and running it through the paper shredder, it looked like this:

Christmas confetti

more like confetti, which is lot of fun, too :)  It makes an ornament like the one I showed yesterday:


which is nice, but it isn't what I was trying for, so I made another.  This time I cut long strips of paper with the paper cutter, then crimped them, then squished them into the glass ball:

Christmas ornament on a shrub

The boys were split on which they preferred, so they each made the style they wanted, adding their own creative twists {such as adding intact Santa heads}

decorating the shrubery

I have a Christmas decoration linky party going on over here, go check it out!  Have a great weekend!


Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Ooh I often admire the scrapbooking paper from afar, then keep moving because I do not need another thing to start stashing! ;)

Great idea for the ornaments - they look bright and festive!

Deborah said...

This is such a lovely idea! Love it!

Janine said...

These look great. Those baubles are a fab idea :)

Alia said...

What a great idea!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Those are cute! And kids love to help make decorations and so proud to see them on the tree or used around the house!