This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of JOANN.
2020 has been one roller coaster ride! Because the ride is not over, the holiday season is going to look different this year. My family and I connected via zoom for Thanksgiving and we are preparing to do the same for Christmas. Despite this, I am working to be intentional with my gift giving and crafting. To me, handmade projects are not only exciting but they are also more personal and more meaningful. DIY projects for my home décor always bring a sense of pride knowing what I have is one of a kind. If this year has taught me anything, it has been the need to create memories and traditions. I believe the holiday season is a great time for this and craft projects are definitely my go-to. Today, I want to share a quick tutorial for a fun DIY project for you and your family.
With help from JOANN, I was able to complete this project:
These ornaments were created using…
Well, I guess you knew that already from the title, LOL!
To create this craft you will need the following:
- paper and/or cardstock
- plastic ornaments
- a paper cutter (while it will make one of the steps easier, you can certainly use scissors if you don’t have one of these)
- a spray bottle with water
- a hot glue gun and glue gun sticks
Take your paper/cardstock and cut it into 1″ strips (pictured in step two).
*I was using 12×12 sheets so the direction of my cuts did not matter. If you are using a different size, maybe 8.5×11, I would recommend you make sure your strips are cut lengthwise so you can cover the diameter of the ornament. For one ornament, it took me about 13 strips of paper.
Using your spray bottle, take one strip of paper and spray it to slightly dampen it.
*Dampening the paper makes it more flexible for folding and twisting. The thickness of the paper will vary so consider this when spraying the strips with water. If you do not saturate it enough, it will be difficult to fold and twist. If you oversaturate, it will tear easily.
While the paper is soft and slightly damp, fold the strip. After you fold it “hot dog style” (sorry I’m a teacher LOL), begin to twist the strip. Do this carefully; twisting too tight could rip or tear the strips. As shown in the picture below, your twist will sort of mimic a “Shirley Temple curl.”
Take your twisted strip, start at the very top of the ornament and hot glue it down (and retwist the paper as needed since it does loosen).
You do not want to be able to see the ornament through the twists so be sure to keep them close and tight as you add more. Like so:
Repeating steps two through four, mix and match colors and patterns to create your own unique design. This was one of my favorite parts!
*When you get to the very bottom of the ornament, simply cover a twist and trim away the excess.*
Add ribbon or string to hang.
I really enjoyed this DIY! I love the uniqueness this ornament has. This one uses traditional holiday colors and the glittered cardstock gives it a nice pop.
You can also see a second one I created below since I opted for a black and gold color scheme on my Christmas tree.
Be sure to visit JOANN.com or download the JOANN app to shop for your supplies for this project. The app is very user friendly and features coupons, the weekly ad, and more!
Give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think. I know you’re going to love it!
Happy crafting and Happy Holidays!