Got some cardboard and string? You can make your own ornaments! Here’s how:
Pen / pencil
Hot glue gun
Assorted ribbon and string (also: yarn, twine, rope, etc)
Draw your shape on a piece of cardboard and cut out. To reinforce, cut the same shape but going the opposite way of the cardboard grain.
Glue your two identical piece together, sandwiching a loop of ribbon in between for hanging.
Wrap and glue string all the way around!
Have fun with different materials for different results: Yarn for a fuzzy “Christmas sweater” look, twine for a rough rustic look, rope for a nautical spin.
Decorate and embellish to your heart’s content: Adding ribbons, bells, bows, faux branches, or cut out felt shapes!
These are great for a handmade Christmas gift, or as additional embellishments to other gifts: draped over the neck of a wine bottle for a personal touch, or included with a personalized gift tag to top off a present.
The shapes I have found to work best are hearts and candy canes, but feel free to experiment with other shapes like trees or bells!
Since the materials are mostly upcycled and affordable, I think that makes it the perfect quick and easy holiday craft! Which combination of materials is your favorite?