Making your own ornaments can be a really fun craft to do during the holidays and they can also make great gifts or embellishments on your wrapped packages. Here is a great idea on how to upcycle those old toilet paper tubes and make elegant ornaments for your tree.
Toilet paper tube
Red and Green Stamp Pad
Clear embossing stamp pad
Green embossing tinsel
Red embossing tinsel
12″ strip of ribbon
With scissors, cut along the seam of the toilet paper tube which will open the tube up to look like a diamond. Place a ruler down the middle of the diamond and trace along each side of the ruler onto the toilet paper tube. Cut along both lines, cutting off the right and left side of the diamond. This will leave a nice ribbon like cardboard curly strip. Using the green inkpad, rub the inside of the cardboard on the inkpad to color it green. It does not have to be completely coated. Do the same with the outside of the cardboard ribbon using the red ink pad. Curl the ribbon up with your hands and set aside to dry.
Once dry, rub the green side with a clear embossing stamp pad and coat with green embossing tinsel. Use a heat gun to emboss. Do the same on the other side with red embossing tinsel. While the cardboard ribbon is still warm from the embossing with the heat gun, twist the ribbon back into its natural curl.
Now you can embellish the outside of the cardboard ribbon with flowers or jewels or leave it plan. You can also embellish the right and left edges of the cardboard ribbon with a strand of pearls.
Punch a whole in one end of the cardboard ribbon and thread ribbon through it and tie to make a loop to hang the ornament on the tree.
Make several of these and hang them on your tree. They really give your tree some extra sparkle. Also you could hang these from the ceiling as beautiful ribbon decorations. Or string them across your windows.
TIPS: You do not necessarily need to cover the cardboard ribbon with the ink. I think that it gives your ornament a richer color. The background ink color blends with the embossing tinsel so you will not be able to see if there are any areas that may not have been coated with the tinsel.
Use the same technique on paper towel tubes to make bigger cardboard ribbons.
Other ideas on how to decorate the cardboard ribbon:
- Paint the ribbon
- Use glue and glitter instead of embossing tinsel
- Cover with glue and micro beads