Hello!  I realize it seems strange to be talking about Christmas on the day before Easter, but really, is it wrong to be in the Christmas spirit of giving and love all year round?  I think not.

Since it’s the fifth Saturday of the month, this week’s theme at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is “Anything BUT a Card, ATC or Tag Goes”.  This is your chance to create a 3-D project that can be used as a Christmas decoration or a Christmas gift.  Share it over on the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown site by 1:00 pm eastern time Friday, April 5.

I have to admit that I tend to have a difficult time coming up with ideas for 3-D projects.  I’m so much more of a card maker than a project maker (does that make sense?).  I finally decided to try my hand at making a Christmas ornament.  Well, more like decorating a Christmas ornament.  I’d bought some glass ornaments on clearance at Michael’s after Christmas several years ago and tucked them away, thinking I’d do something with them, but never really knowing exactly what.  So I figured this was as good a time as any to try to work something out with them.  I browsed the internet looking for ideas.  This one seemed easy enough so I thought I’d give it a go.  Stuffing an ornament with strips of paper didn’t seem too difficult.

I originally thought I’d use designer paper for the strips of paper.  But I couldn’t decide which designer paper I wanted to use.  In searching around, I rediscovered this red and green paper that I’d bought years ago.  It’s actually copy paper weight, not cardstock nor designer paper.  But I figured I’d try out this ornament project with it.  I do think using the lightweight paper was a better idea than using designer paper would have been.  Because it’s thinner, it bends more easily to slip inside the ornament than designer paper would.  However, there were two small problems I encountered.  I knew I had to keep the strips pretty narrow so they’d fit inside the ornament, but I had no idea what length to make them.  I settled on 5.5″ long since that’s half the length of the sheet of paper.  For the size of this ornament (approximately 2″ tall), that turned out to be a good length.  The other problem was the shape of the ornament.  Mine is a cube shape.  I think the strips would have stayed against the side of the ornament better with a round ornament, like the directions show.  But I guess mine turned out all right.




I didn’t count how many strips of paper I used, but it was an equal number of red and green.  I just stuffed them in there until the ornament looked pretty full.  Some of them started bunching up inside instead of molding to the sides of the ornament.  But I like that the ornament isn’t solidly covered with the strips.  This way some of the lights from the tree may be able to shine through.

I debated adding a ribbon bow to the top of the ornament.  I decided against it because I couldn’t decide whether white or ivory would look better, and mainly because I stink at tying bows so that they look pretty.

So anyway, there it is.  Now it’s your turn to visit the rest of the design teams’ blogs and see what fantastic “anything but a card” things they have made.  Then share your own project with us – we’d love to see what you create!

Glass ornament: Michael’s
Paper: Array

5 Responses to “52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown – (almost) Anything Goes!”

  1. This is quite amazing – I’ve never seen it done before- clever you storing those glass ornaments away for the right occasion. I do like the fact the the Anything Goes weeks push us all out of our card making comfort zone!

    Louise xx

  2. I’m with you Patricia in the sense that non-card projects (especially anything 3D) really stretch my creativity too. I tried to make some 3D Christmas trees for this week but ending up scrapping them as they looked like something a kindergartener might make :o) I love the ornament you’ve put together tho’ – its wonderful with the paper scraps inside – great idea!

  3. I think this is a beautifully clean and simple ornament! Perfectly traditional colours in a contemporary square ornament! Great work!

  4. I LOVE using clear ornaments to create something fabulous! This is a super simple idea but it looks great! LOVE this idea–totally using this with the kiddos I work with! 🙂 Hope you had a fabulous Easter!

  5. A cool idea and it looks amazing – would look great hanging on the tree by the fairy lights – Jacqueline xx

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