recycled paper roll ornaments

I’ve been saving up my paper rolls in hopes of making something with them.  I decided to make these little ornaments after folding, bending, cutting and just messing around with the rolls.  My little guy helped me out.

Here’s what you need:
paper rolls
craft acrylic paint
ink marker (optional)
hole puncher
strips of fabric, ribbon, yarn, twine (whatever you like)
water-based, nontoxic satin varnish (optional)

1. Fold  paper roll as seen in first image.
2. Match points up and press together.
3. Repeat on other end.
4. Paint.
5. Decorate.  You can paint something directly onto the roll or glue images from books, fabric, wrapping paper, etc. Use small drawings that the kids have done on paper and glue them on, or a photo would work great too. Add a little glitter or stickers. Sky’s the limit.
6. Give a light coat of satin varnish (optional).

6. Punch holes into each point and tie together with twine, ribbon, strips of fabric or yarn. Repeat on other end.

fronts

backs

7. Add another string for hanging on your tree OR use as gift packaging for a small treasure (jewelry, small toy, money). Wrap the small gift in tissue paper and stuff inside.  Use a long piece of ribbon that you can tie the bottom ends together in a bow so it can easily be re-opened for a surprise inside.

8. Enjoy!

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28 Responses to recycled paper roll ornaments

  1. Teresa says:

    Those look so cute and fun – I’ll have to start saving rolls now…

  2. sandra says:

    i was in need of a great idea like this!
    i have to do a project with my daughter to her kindergarten (she’s 2 years old)… thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    Oh, they’re great! I *love* the idea of using them as gift boxes! I have a toilet paper roll project that I want to blog about (someday!), too… wow, I don’t think I can ever just throw one in the recycle bin again.

  4. Olivia says:

    I always have a secret stash of empty paper towel rolls and empty cans for crafting! Great idea!

  5. Linda says:

    Those are so cute. I love it.

  6. Virginie says:

    Géniale comme idée ! Merci !! je vais m’en inspirer …

  7. so sweet and creative. TP rolls…

  8. Mousy Brown says:

    They are gorgeous – can I list them in my Homemade Christmas inspiration list?! xx

  9. Natalie says:

    i always want to save my rolls but they end up in the recycle bin. This is a great idea and so much fun.

  10. Leah says:

    These are SO cool!!! Love em!

  11. karen says:

    Oh my goodness! The ornaments are way cute, what a great idea!!! Blessings on you and yours this holiday season!

  12. Sharon says:

    These are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them. Now, I’ll be saving all of my paper rolls. 🙂

  13. Wendy says:

    I love these! They would also make good gift holders for smaller presents.

  14. aimee says:

    your ornaments are so clever and cute! i found you from leah’s blog and your crafts are a delight!

  15. jd says:

    Oh I just did these!! They were so fun!! Thanks for the great tut!

  16. Rachel says:

    Those are so cute and super creative! I never would have guessed their origin. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  17. paula says:

    lovely ideas! I also made some eco-packaging as I call it. Wanna see? Look here: http://bom-feeling.blogspot.com/search?q=eco-embalagem.
    congratulations on your creativity! 🙂

  18. silvia says:

    Did you know your craft is here in Spanish?
    http://www.manualidadesinfantiles.org/adornos-para-el-rbol-con-rollos-de-papel-higinico/
    Just FYI, she has lots of other’s crafts, and though she links I don’t know if it’s fine the fact that she may not have told you she took it for her own profit.

  19. picis says:

    estan feos tus adornos muy bobos

  20. Margarita says:

    exelente idea

    Hace mas

    Margarita

  21. These are beautiful hand crafted ornaments, and what a great “how to” guide!
    Our family is definitely going to try making these this year, my favorite is the Let It Snow ornament.

  22. Sandhya says:

    amazing stuff. I am new to crafts and scrap booking and believe in using recycle material. thanks a lot
    all the best

  23. Jacquie Uribe says:

    I made these for my son’s birthday,filled them with candy and passed them out as party favors. It was a lot of fun to make and the I was incredibly pleased with the finished product. I plan on making more and hanging it on our x-mas tree, in lieu of a stand alone advent calendar. My boys can pull one each day and open for a sweet treat. Thanks again.

  24. Marla says:

    These are great. Sorry I found them after Christmas. Maybe they will work for Valentines Day.

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