This is my first year of making and collecting Christmas decorations for my own home and it has been so fun. Danny and I are still somewhat newlyweds (we are past the one year mark!) and we are expecting a baby, so we knew we wouldn’t want to spend a whole lot to decorate for Christmas. BUT, Christmas is the only holiday I desire to decorate for so I really wanted to make our home look special at this time of year.
I first looked around to see what I already had… and I browsed Pinterest for inspiration. Then I went to a thrift store, the dollar store, Walmart, and I was all set to get started on a beautiful, budget friendly Christmas ensemble. I made a few different garlands and also made some of the ornaments on the tree. I got in touch with my second-grade self and cut paper snowflakes out of vintage book pages. I made the cutest pom poms out of coffee filters (you’ll get the tutorial for those next week). I strung pretty little red cranberries on string. I cut out my own nativity silhouette from sketchbook paper. I found some big glass vases at a thrift store and filled them with layers of cranberries and pinecones… I’ve gotta give my sweet husband credit for going out at 10:30pm in search of pinecones, he’s wonderful! After lots of fiddling around with where to put things, it all came together better than I ever thought it could… So I’m feelin pretty dang good about our first (CHEAP) Christmas getup!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you a super easy tutorial on making these awesome ornaments with pages from vintage books. I made two different kinds and this tutorial will show you how to make both! I used foam ball ornaments from Walmart for $0.48 as the base, but you really could use any spherical ornaments–even old ones that you don’t like anymore.
All you need is a vintage book (they are usually less than 2 dollars at thrift stores), some inexpensive or old/unwanted ball ornaments, scissors or 1-inch hole punch, a hot glue gun, and some Mod Podge (or Elmer’s glue mixed with water). How simple is that?! Click the link below to download the PDF with instructions.
If you do make these, we’d love to see your photos! Merry Christmas!