Monday, December 16, 2013

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
I'm not sure whether I was in grade school or Girl Scouts, but I definitely remember making handmade ornaments as a child.  I was so proud of myself and couldn't wait to give them to my mom so she could hang them on our tree.  Now that I'm a mother I cherish handmade ornaments from my kids.  I'm excited to share with you a simple paper ornament I made with my children!

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
The ornament we made was inspired from this post by Camille Styles.  We started by gathering all of our supplies which we had on hand.
-hole punch
-round object for tracing
-scrapbook paper
-hot glue gun

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
Begin by deciding how large you would like your ornament to be, then trace and cut out 2 circles and set aside.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
Next you will need to cut out your paper strips.  I decided to make our ornament fuller than my inspiration picture, so we ended up using about 40 strips of paper.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
Before cutting, punch a hole in the center of each strip marked by the lines of your ruler.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
After each paper strip has been cut begin placing them around one of circles you cut in the beginning step, with the hole-punched edge facing out.  Make sure each strip is placed even in length and each strip slightly overlaps the strip before it. 

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
I began hot gluing the paper strips around the circle, making sure to get them straight across from each other as best as possible.  This tip will allow your ornament to tie closed with ease.
Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
Place the second, circle cut out on top of the center of the ornament.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
String ribbon through the holes of each strip...

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
and gently pull closed and tie a knot.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
To keep the holiday theme going I added felt holly and berries.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
Instead of hanging our ornament on the tree, we decided to make a special place for it on our shelf.

Homemade Paper Holly Ball Ornament
I hope you enjoyed it!  

I am linking this post to:
Home Stories A to Z 
Between Naps on the Porch
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how clever and how fun is this. I love it and it is so pretty. Great tutorial. I would love for you to link up to Inspire Me this afternoon. Hugs, Marty

Art and Sand said...

That is so cute and looks like fun to make with your kids. My kids are adults and there are no little ones, but I will save the idea for the future.

Have fun creating memories with your children.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

This is so cute! The felt on the top adds the perfect touch to it!

Wishing you a lovely day.

Sharon @ Novara Way said...

I would have never guessed that's how it made made. So simple and cute. I love the felt topper. I'd leave it on a shelf too. It's super cute!

Karen said...

That is really cute Brandi! thanks for the great tutorial.

Vel Criste said...

OMG, can't believe it's made of paper! So darn cute!!!!

Simply LKJ said...

So creative!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oh, Brandi, that's really cool.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Very Cute Brandi!! Pretty vignette!

Julia Konya said...

So fun and pretty easy to make. Love it Brandi

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Very sweet, Brandi! It looks like a sugar plum! Lovely. xo Karen

Kita said...

So pretty I would want one that has my tree colors purple and gold

Sissym Mascarenhas said...


Yes, I love so much! It is so cute.


Kalley C said...

Okay note to self--get hot glue! This is too cute, and I'm sure my little daughter would love to make this with me. I love posts like these, it's building memories that matter the most to me!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Cool! It reminds me of the yummy chocolate oranges.

carolina quilter said...

I'm digressing - but, this would make a great pumpkin.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Brandi, that is the cutest thing and what a great project to do with the kids. I like it sitting on the shelf. It really shows off how pretty it is..Happy Holidays..Judy

Laurie Ritchey said...

Such a clever idea and what a pretty ornament it makes. It looks so pretty with your white dishes. laurie

Mike @TheIronYou said...

Looks great Brandi, you're very talented!

Emanuela @ My Little Inspirations said...

Thanks a lot for linking this nice tutorial to my Christmas Inspirations Linky Party!

Stacey said...

I think it's perfect on the shelf. Love the polka dots. Great tutorial and it's beautiful!!

Barbara said...

I can see why you like to create pretty things -- you're good at it! The chalkboard ornament and this holly berry one with the paper, how clever!!

Merry Christmas!

Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby | Crafted Spaces said...

This is such a cute idea! I will be sure to try it next Christmas or perhaps do a pumpkin version for Thanksgiving and Halloween.