Monday, November 16, 2015


Hello friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was a flurry of preparation, and as you read this we're probably boarding to set sail with the Property Brothers!  #SailingWithTheScotts You can follow along with all of the fun with me on Instagram (assuming I can post in the middle of the ocean!).  I'll be sure to be taking lots of notes on all of the happenings to give you a full trip report, too!

Last week I shared my DIY Burlap Christmas Trees with you, and after today, I promise I'm done with Christmas (until after Thanksgiving!).  As bloggers we like to share holiday ideas with you early in the season in case you want to try a few new projects too.

Today's project was born out of a Sunday School project.  Not a child's Sunday School craft, but from MY class!  Our class works with a sweet friend in our church who ministers to families with babies in the NICU at a local hospital.  Seasonally, we make little goodies to brighten their space and pass them out to the families so that they'll know that WE know that they're spending their first Thanksgiving, or Halloween, or Christmas, or Easter, or whatever holiday with their new precious baby in the hospital, and that we're thinking of them and praying for them.  It has been such as meaningful ministry for our class, and we've had a very positive response from the families and nurses.  

A few weeks ago we spent some time making these darling 3D pumpkins (stems and a leaf were added to the top later) for each family.  

As I looked at them all together, I couldn't help but think what cute Christmas ornaments they would be with just a switch of the paper and colors.  I thought this would be an especially fun project to work on with with kids, so a few days ago my daughter and I got crafty and made a few.  

Begin with a variety of solid or patterned paper to match your Christmas theme or decor.  You can make your ornament any size you wish, just trace circles around something round.  I actually took my paper up to the church and used the die cut machine to cut out circles, so I think mine are about 4".  We cut 6 circles per ornament, but 8 would make it even a little more full.  If your circles are much larger than 4" I'd definitely cut 8 per ornament.

After the circles are cut out, fold each one exactly in half, pattern side in.  

Then, just glue them together back to back.  Preferably, I would use rubber cement so the paper won't wrinkle, but we just had Elmer's on hand and it worked fine with a light application.  

After half of my circles were glued together, I used hot glue to attach a loop of ribbon to what would be the center of the ornament.  Then, I continued gluing the rest of the circles back to back around the ribbon hanger until the ornament was complete.  

Even with careful gluing, it can be tricky to get the edges of the circles lined up exactly, so just a little trim makes everything all right.

That's it!  Super simple and very economical.  Just think, you could load up your entire tree with these for just a few dollars worth of paper!  And, if you get some kids in on the act, enjoy a fun craft project together as well.  

Wouldn't these be so cute strung along a garland, too?  

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