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Homemade Christmas Ornaments with Scrap Ribbon

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Adding beauty and decor to the holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. See how easy it is to create pretty homemade Christmas ornaments for the tree using scrap materials such as ribbon, fabric and beads!

Adding a Homemade Touch to the Tree

We are in the midst of Christmas decorating in my house.  My sparkling Christmas tree is up, the boxes are everywhere and there is general chaos in the house.  But we’re very happy!

I’ve enlisted my girls and their friend to help me with the decorations. Because otherwise, it will be New Years before I’m finished. Today I’m going to share my homemade Christmas ornaments that I made last year for the first time.  

Materials Needed to Make these Simple Ornaments

  • cardboard
  • scizzors
  • cup, bowl (for tracing shapes)
  • stapler/hot glue gun
  • scrap fabric, ribbon, embellishments

How to Make Scrap Ribbon Ornaments

I begin by cutting out donut shaped cardboard figures.

 How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The Boondocks Blog Alt
How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The Boondocks Blog

 I then cut fabric into long strips and staple it onto the cardboard.

How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The Boondocks Blog

 The strip of fabric is then wrapped around the cardboard.

How to make Christmas ornaments from Cardboard
How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The Boondocks Blog

This is the basic ornament.  Now you can add onto it with whatever you have.  Here I chose to add some ribbon.

How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The Boondocks Blog

I also had an old pearl set which was in bad shape so on to the ornament it went. 

How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - the boondocks blog

Just add a ribbon to the top so you can hang it on the tree and you’re done – homemade ornaments using what’s found at home. 

How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The Boondocks Blog
How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - The boondocks blog

The possibilities are endless. And they make perfect gifts!

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How to make Christmas  ornaments from cardboard - the boondocks blog
How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - the boondocks blog
How to make Christmas Ornaments from Cardboard - the boondocks blog
 How to make Christmas ornaments from cardboard - the boondocks blog

This last one is my favorite homemade Christmas ornament. The vintage fabric and modern beads make a lovely combination.

How to make Christmas Ornaments from cardboard - the boondocks blog
How to make Christmas ornaments from cardboard the boondocks blog

Now go look around your houses and tell me what you see that can be used for your homemade ornaments.

Need additional DIY ornament ideas?

Check out these handpainted canvas ornaments, macrame feather ornaments or Buffalo check jar lid ornaments.

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Tony

Tuesday 16th of February 2021

This DIY just came at the right time! I just bought 4 clear ornaments! You are a genius! I thought I was going to have to pour paint into them but I love the plaid ribbon idea so much better!

oldthings

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Μαίρη μου ,αυτά τα στολίδια είναι φανταστικά !! Πόσα πράγματα μπορείς να δημιουργήσεις με ότι υπάρχει στο σπίτι η να ανακυκλώσεις όλα αυτά που στέκονται σε συρτάρια και κουτιά ! Η ιδέα σου είναι ,εύκολη ,δημιουργική και ευφάνταστη !! Καλή συνέχεια !

Mary

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Ολυμπία μου αυτός ειναι ο στόχος. Με οικονομία να δημιουργούμε ωραία πράγματα, όπως και οι προπαππουδες μας, με απλά υλικά..

Pili

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

You're so creative, Mary!! I love those ornaments, my favorite is also the last one and the white with the blue ribbon. You're right, they will be great as gifts!

Mary

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Pili, they are easy and frugal and they make great gifts, you can also do them with your girls. This is the perfect idea for us!

Krista

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Nice idea. Handmade ornaments are the best. I really liked the one with the recycled pearl set. I wish you would have shared a wider view of the tree, so we could "step back" and see the whole effect. I just put up my "artificial" tree yesterday. I haven't even gotten as far as ornaments yet. :)

Mary

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Krista, the tree is still being worked on. So I'll be posting about it next week. I'm repurposing some of the ornaments I didn't like... always about the repurposing...lol

Kimberley

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Hi Mary, What a clever idea, and so amazing that it is all from things you would have on hand - I love that! I love the one with the pearls and the last one is beautifully shabby chic! But I loved them all! Hmm...you don't want to know how much ribbon I have...I am a ribbon hoarder! ;) Happy almost weekend! Hugs, Kimberley

Mary

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Kimberly so am I! I hoard ribbon from everysingle thing that has it and comes into my house. Now you can make these too with all your ribbon. You too have a great weekend.

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