When I moved to St. Louis at age 22, my sister and I bought our first Christmas tree. Actually we got it for free from Home Depot on Dec. 23rd. Ah, yes, always a Reduction Rebel. My sister and I then went home to make our own ornaments. We had a free tree, why not have free ornaments? This involved hot gluing dried beans on foam balls and wrapping cardboard to look like little presents. That was a fun and memorable night!
In keeping with the spirit of a DIY Christmas, I’ve created an ornament craft project that’s almost free to make – and it’s something you can do with your kids.
1. Start by making your own recycled paper. I have described the steps on making your own recycled paper in this eHow video.
2. Once your homemade paper has dried, you can cut it into your desired ornament shape. You can even trace holiday cookie cutters for some easy inspiration!
3. To decorate your recycled paper ornament, try using colored glitter hot glue (aff link). You know I’m crazy about hot glue so colored and glitter hot glue is doubly fun! You can get it for $5 for 12 sticks. I used both green and red glitter glue on my Noel ornament.
Here’s another recycled ornament tutorial for making snowflakes out of milk jugs.
My sister and I still have our bean ball ornaments. They don’t just decorate our trees, but stand as a reminder of the good times we shared. There is something about the Christmas season that is so nostalgic. From the music to the decorations to the cookie recipes. That’s why making your own ornaments create memories that you could never buy.