{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Recycled Paper Ornaments

December 6, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, Play, Toddler Activities

We get so many holiday catalogs this time of year and I have so many back issues of every fashion magazine known to woman, we decided that turning the piles of paper sitting in our recycling bin into ornaments would be the perfect Sunday afternoon mother-daughter activity.  And it was!

We were inspired by Aleacia at Dilly Dali Art, who was featured as the Day Number 3 blogger on the Creative Christmas Countdown and made to-die-for adorable holiday cards decorated with paper scrap ornaments!

Here’s how we made our recycled paper ornaments:


  • Old magazines or catalogs
  • Copy paper, construction paper, or a brown grocery bag from your recycling bin
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon, string or pipe cleaners
  • Optional:  Laminator or contact paper

Step 1

Have your toddler cut out strips from your old magazine collection or the bright pages of holiday catalogs filling up your mailbox.

Step 2

Let her glue the strips to a piece of paper.

Step 3

After the strips have dried, cut out a circle shape to make the ornament.  You can also laminate your ornament like we did so it lasts for years to come.

Step 4

Punch a hole at the top and thread a piece of ribbon through to form a hanging loop.  We used pipe cleaners to make a festive hanger in the shape of a bow.

For our other holiday ornament ideas, check out these Fifteen Easy Ornament Ideas!

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Happy Holidays!

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