Every year, I make Christmas ornaments for our five nieces. I love making them, and the girls tell me they love putting their own ornaments on the tree. Some years I’m stumped for ideas, but last week I came up with an idea that I really like, and I’ve made three ornaments so far. Here’s a picture of the first two:
In my craft stash, I had kept a pile of old Christmas cards (this goes against my new clutter-free lifestyle, but my craft corner is exempt). To make these ornaments, I cut squares and rectangles out of the cards, used a needle to punch small holes all around the edges, and then stitched them together with embroidery floss. Each one took me about an hour to make, and they are a thoroughly enjoyable project.
Overall, we’re planning to skip Christmas this year. Our son is only 18 months old, and gets just as much pleasure out of a drawer full of wooden spoons as he would from a tree piled with presents. So we plan to skip the tree and all the craziness this year. But the ornaments for my nieces is a tradition that I enjoy, it’s stress-free, fun, and in this case, turns old Christmas cards into something new and pretty.