This year, my husbands family gave gifts at Thanksgiving time as part of Christmas. We were not there for Thanksgiving but I sent my gifts in the mail to be there for my kids cousins. We draw names each year. The gift is supposed to be inexpensive, homemade or consumable. I didn’t have much time to put them together. We drew names the night before I needed to mail them off. I decided that it might be fun to make the cousins an ornament. This is what I came up with:
This cost me nothing. I had everything on hand.
I used pages from an old book, and cut them in to strips. I then folded them accordion style. I glued two of those together on each end to form a circle. I used my glue gun for this whole project.
Then a circle cut from scrapbook paper went in the middle on each side. I added a little bling with some glue and glitter.
Then I printed out a name for the front, and a message for the back. I cut them into a fun flag shape.
I glued some ribbon on the back to hang it from the tree.
This little project took me about 1/2 hour.
I placed the ornaments in some tin boxes I found at the dollar store with a nice Dove candy bar.
I think that gift fits all three categories; inexpensive, homemade, and consumable.
I love how they turn out so much, that I am making more for my tree.
My kids receive an ornament from us each year. It is a tradition that we have in our family. That way when they leave home they will have their own box of ornaments to start their own Christmas tree.
This year, I am going to make these ornaments for them. It will save me a little money, and I love how they look.
I also think homemade means so much more the store bought.
I plan to put their name on one side, and “Our last Arkansas Christmas 2011” on the other side of the ornament. I think it will be a good reminder of where we were Christmas 2011.
I might even make a few more as gifts. I am thinking close friends, visiting teaching, neighbors, teachers…
I better get to work.