Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments a Holiday Upcycle
Merry Christmas in July! I'm here to share my Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments with you today! The holidays are always a busy time and they seem to go by in the blink of an eye these days, so why not slow down and take some time this weekend to create some keepsake ornaments with the kiddos? And you can use up some of your scrap papers while you are at it! I created each ornament with monochromatic card stock in a variety of colors, but you could use patterned card stock as well. Monochromatic just means in the same color family, and I used shades of reds, greens, browns, and yellows, but the possibilities are as endless as your imagination!
Monochromatic Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments
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Here's what you need to make Paper Ornaments:
- Cardstock – Rainbow Colors
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil
- MONO Zero Eraser from Tombow
- Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent
- Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive
- MONOTWIN Permanent Marker from Tombow
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
- Paper Trimmer
- Plain Paper
- Faux Fur Trim
- Rick Rack
- Tinsel Trim
Here's how to create Monochromatic Paper Ornaments:
Gather your monochromatic card stock and your paper trimmer. Cut strips in a variety of widths starting with 1″, then 1/2″ then 1/4″. This is actually the most time-consuming step, so I did this while watching a Christmas movie – to get me in the spirit, of course. The Hallmark Channel is always my go-to for a good Christmas movie!
To create Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments, draw some basic holiday shapes on plain paper with your Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil and MONO Zero Eraser. I prefer the 3H for sketching since it is a harder lead and will leave a lighter line.
Once you are pleased with your shapes, ink in the outline with the Tombow MONO TWIN Permanent Marker, using the broad tip and cut out neatly with scissors. I selected a tree, stocking, star, and gingerbread man, but you can create any shape that has meaning for you and your family.
Measure your shapes, then trim a neutral color piece of card stock to those rough rectangular dimensions. Using your Tombow MONO Adhesive Permanent runner apply adhesive to the entire rectangle. Begin laying down the monochromatic strip of card stock to your rectangle in a random order, using different colors and different widths until the entire rectangle is covered. Trim any strips that hang over the edge of your base card stock. The MONO Adhesive Permanent is perfect for this application because it has a solid, permanent bond in a paper to paper application.
Apply Tombow MONO Removable Adhesive to the back of your patterns, then apply to your monochromatic card stock rectangles and cut out with scissors. Punch a hole at the top of each ornament, create a hanger with ribbon or twine and secure with a knot. The MONO Removable Adhesive is great for holding all types of patterns in place both on paper and fabric or even felt!
Now on to the FUN part – DECORATING the Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments! If you are a minimalist, then you can definitely be done with step five, but I like a lot of BLING on my tree! Adhere faux fur trim to the top of your stocking, rick rack and buttons to the gingerbread man, tinsel trim to the edges of your star and rhinestones to your tree – all with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. The Xtreme Permanent Adhesive is five times stronger than regular adhesive runners, so it is perfect for bulky embellishments (and when you don’t want to wait for liquid glue to dry, like when you are crafting with the kiddos!) Just remember to roll out the adhesive then swipe tip to the side for a clean application.
The final step is to personalize your ornaments with your favorite Tombow pen. Mine is the MONO TWIN Permanent Marker, but you could use the Fudenosuke Brush Pen or Dual Brush Pen. Write “Wish” on your star ornament, each family members’ name on a set of stockings. Draw a face on the gingerbread man. Have the kiddos write their name and the year so that these Quick and Easy Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments become keepsakes for years to come!
A Holiday Upcycle: Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments
I created all four of these Scrap Paper Christmas Ornaments in under an hour. Think of what you can create in an afternoon or evening family crafting around the dining room table!
I love celebrating Christmas in July. For more inspiration check out my trio of DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper that is made with butcher paper from the Dollar Tree and my favorite, Tombow Dual Brush Pens.
Thanks for stopping by!