Monday, November 28, 2011

Book Page Christmas Ornaments

I love using book pages for different crafts. It’s inexpensive, or free if you have books you don’t want anymore, and they look so good and Anthro-y, right?  You know I speak the truth!  SO…thanks Anthropologie, for turning old book pages, and a gazillion other things into the trendiest things ever.  Us DIY-ers and crafty gals appreciate you making old stuff, and things we already have lying around our house, cool again.
For this project you will need book pages. Or scrapbook paper, or sheet music, or phone book pages…you get my point. Some kind of paper. I like to use dictionary pages. I’ve been using the same, old dictionary that I used to make my Christmas Banner, and last year’s Book Page Wreath, and Book Page Garland.
You will need craft punches. I used a few craft punches from Martha Stewarts line at Michael’s. I had bought a smaller snowflake one a couple years ago, and a circular one also.
But last week I got a box of goodies from Martha Stewart and inside was a larger double craft punch in the shape of a snowflake too.
And you will need some clear, ornaments that you can buy at Michael’s or another craft store. I loved all of the glass ones that came in different shapes and sizes, but because I have two littles, I decided to go with plastic ball ornaments instead. The plastic ones are great though. You don’t have to worry about the kids dropping them and breaking them, and you can actually let them help you make these ornaments. They were on sale for 59 cents (small ones) and 79 cents (larger ones), not too expensive considering what you’re filling them with is paper that you probably already have on hand.
Filling the plastic balls with small snowflakes was a job my 3 year old was quite happy to do.
When you’ve added all your snowflakes, or whatever punched out shapes you’ve made, put your top back on and hang it using a pretty ribbon or twine.
I love the way these ornaments look on our Christmas tree. They are simple, yet look so cute. And these would be fun to personalize and give as gifts! Inside each ornament you could add a personal message, or write the receiver’s name on a cut out. Or use some craft paint and paint a message or name on the outside. Anything goes, right?
Hope you like them!

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WolvesAtTheDoor said...

You are so generous with sharing great ideas, I love paper crafts using books, thanks!!!

Carolina said...

This is awesome! I have to admit I've never used a page out of a book as a craft supply! I know - shocking! Magazines, yes... books, somehow, seem more "sacred", I guess... : )
I have that same snowflake stamp, and some ideas up my sleeve... : )

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Super cute!! I need to get started on making some ornaments! Hoping to get the tree up today:-)

San said...

Oh, those are lovely! What a neat idea!

Jamie said...

Those are amazing.

Theresa said...

Super cute idea! & looks easy too. Hey come link this up to share with others on my holiday blog hop! & don't forget to enter the giveaway if you haven't only a few days left!
Have a great day!

Katie said...

Great minds think a like! I literally just blogged about a very similar ornament! Although I'm loving your book pages! :)

Jessica @ {The.Junk.Nest.} said...

These are adorable! I love how the snowflakes are fluffy in the ornaments :)

It's a Crafty Life said...

Theese are super cute, love the idea!

Jessica said...

Just bought some bulbs today to fill! These look great! Love the idea :) Visiting from TT&J

Andrea said...

Great idea and so cute, too! Visiting from TT&J:0)

Julie said...

I would love for you to stop by and link up your ornaments to my 25 Days of Christmas Ornaments linky party.

weissbunt said...

Love this idea and pinning it right away, thanks so much for sharing! Visiting from TT&J. Have a wonderful 2nd of Advent - maks :-)

Debbie said...

This is a great idea! THe bookpage snowflakes inside make this ornament beautiful.

Ruth said...

This is a very cute idea. I love the paper snowflakes. Thanks for sharing it.

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

Love this project (I'm a big fan of projects where I can use a paper punch or two) - so creative and fun! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

-Mel the Crafty Scientist