My Girl Scout troop sponsored a mini-Camporee one year. We discovered grownups want to do crafts. Auntie Zona is always prepared for emergencies and crafts. To prevent adults from working and completing the Brownies’ badge project, I set up an Adult Crafts Table nearby. Parents could watch their budding artists while getting involved in a project of their own. When one consider that adults are usually the ones that save the clever items created over the years, it made sense to give them something they could point to and tell their friends, “I made that at Camporee with the Girl Scouts.”
Teens and adults are always seeking something inexpensive, meaningful, and clever for a gift. This gift ornament project fits all three items, and is fun to make. The gift can range from a special piece of candy, such as one of the gold pirate coins with a chocolate inside, to a folded dollar bill (gifter’s choice of value), or a gift card. My mom and dad would have put a picture of a gift item that was still on the way to the store or house. Anticipation can keep a person on pins and needles for quite a while.
– 3″ x 3″ cardboard square for each gift ornament, or use holiday cards from previous years, gluing the two cutouts together
– 7 ½ “w x 6 ½ “h wrapping paper to cover gift ornament
– Scotch tape (generic brand works fine) or glue to seal wrapping paper on cardboard
– 2 ¾” w x 3″ h wrapping paper for gift holder outside front of gift ornament
– Craft glue
– Beads, decorations, lace, ribbon, or other craft novelty items for outside of box
– Paper punch or sharp object to make small hole for lace or ribbon to hang gift ornament
– Small gift items
15 – 30 minutes
Cut square(s) and wrapping paper (2 different sizes) for the project
Using largest paper, wrap the cardboard like a gift, using glue or cellophane tape to seal.
Place the smaller paper so it will be facing up to where the hanging point will be. Leave a loose bit of space so the gift will fit. Glue sides and bottom to the gift ornament. (caution – be stingy with the glue so it does not seep to the center and glue the gift area)
Punch a hole at the top and add the hanging loop, tying off at top of string.
Add decorations to your heart’s content.
Place gift in gift slot, and determine who will receive it.
Enjoy changing the size, shape, and ideas for the gift ornament. Check local thrift stores and yard sales for creative items to use as decorations. Merry Christmas!
The above pattern and instructions were created by the author.