Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Quick and easy ornament

If you are looking for a quick and easy last minute gift to give someone, why not make them an ornament for their tree. This one can be made in a matter of minutes.


All you need is a square piece of paper. The size of the square is up to you. For the one pictured I used a 5" and a 4". You can decorate before you do the folding or wait till after.
If you have a design on your paper like I did (this was a kaleidoscope that I made in one of my programs) you'll want to start with the design side facing down. Now fold the square in half, open it up and then fold in half the other way. Next with the design facing up fold the square diagonally, open it up and fold it diagonally the other way. Open it all up one more time.
Hopefully I can explain this next part without it sounding too confusing.
Fold in half again, like you did the first time. Now holding the top edges gently push down until the bottom corners come together. Now you can either glue or tape your 3 dimension ornament together.
After that, on the top one I punched holes in each of the corners. The top hole I threaded a ribbon through to hang the ornament. The side holes I attached little jingle bells with a small piece of wire. Finally for the bottom hole I used another small piece of wire and attached the second ornament.
You could also use a small amount of glue on the edges and add glitter. You can add extra embellishments to make is super fancy or leave it plain.
There you have it, super simple.

18 comments:

vange said...

You lost me at "...fold the square in half..."

Sigh.

Sandee said...

You are so very clever. You truly are. I bet I could do some of the things you post here even though I don't have a crafty bone in my body.

Have a terrific day. :)

Lin said...

LOL, Vange! I'm not making ANYTHING at this point.

Ratty said...

This is a great idea for a Christmas ornament. I remember doing similar things when I was a kid. I have actually been trying to remember how to fold that. Now it's coming back to me.

BeadedTail said...

Pretty clever Ann! Thanks for the idea!

gayle said...

Looks like a great idea!!!

January said...

That's a great idea Ann! too bad i don't have much time left to do crafts on my own... huhuhu...

Merry Christmas Ann!

Swapna said...

Good one Ann, thanks ...

DK Miller said...

That's great, though I don't think I'll be making ornaments, if my son was into crafts I might.

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!

allotments4you.com said...

cool Ann...these would be great to make with the kids too!!

Hope you have a wonderful christmas. :-)

Jude said...

The grandson would love making this, he loves doing crafts. Thanks for the idea Ann, give Buck a pat for me.

Angela said...

That is so pretty. Someting I could make with my nieces. You are so creative!

Anne said...

That is so beautifully done! I was confused but I bet my kids could do it. Maybe I will have them make a bunch of them for our Christmas guests.

Grace said...

LOL - easy for YOU maybe - I didn't understand a bit of it and of course I would have to find a place that sells all that stuff, rent a car to drive there (oh wait, first I would have to learn to drive) - oh man, can't I just bake cookies or somethin'?

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Ann, what a great idea. It sounds easy enough that even I could do it :) it's very creative and cute.

Ann said...

Vange, aww I'm sorry, bummer

Sandee I bet you could too and thank you

Lin, you're busy enough anyway without throwing craft projects in the mix

Ratty, oh cool I created a flash back :)

Beaded tail, your welcome and thanks

Gayle, very easy too

January, well you are a busy traveler these days. Merry Christmas to you also

Swapna, you're welcome

DKMiller Yeah boys usually aren't

Allotments4you yep this is a very kid friendly project

Jude consider the pat delivered

Angela wish I could take credit for the idea, but it was someone elses.

Anne thats a good way to keep them busy

Grace sounds like cookies would be much easier :)

Poetic shutterbug If I can do it I'm sure you can

Miawa said...

Terrific idea, I crafted soap (huh?) yes I don't know how to make soap but I found a site that shows you how to use bars you purchase and craft them. It was messy and smelly, won't do it next year. I'll try the ornaments! Thanks

John @ Family, Fitness and Finances said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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