Every year I try to find an inexpensive ornament to make for family and friends. This year to save time and torture my kids have some holiday fun I wanted to find something that my two big kids could help me with. I actually found these ornament instructions in one of my Taste of Home cookbooks believe it or not. They were super easy to make and they really didn’t take long at all to put together. Oh and cheap too, just the way I like it :)
Christmas Carol Scroll Ornament Instructions:
Photocopy a Christmas song page onto parchment paper reducing the size. Make a page small enough that it fits in a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch space. That way you can get four photocopied song pages on on 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper. All I did was scan the page, insert it into a Word document, copied four to a page and printed them out on my printer instead. I also used slightly colored/patterned scrapbook paper instead of the parchment just to be wild and crazy. Print off and then cut out as many as you need.
Cut 5 inch lengths of 1/4 inch wooden dowel (I used 3/16″ dowel size). Paint them with red acrylic paint and let them dry. I gave this job to my son (10).
Meanwhile on each long side of your photocopied Christmas carol, tear off a 1/4 inch strip (we couldn’t do this part without ripping the whole page so we skipped the whole tearing process). Lightly brush torn edges with tacky craft glue (we just used good old Elmers) and dip them into gold glitter to add sparkle. My daughter (12) loved this part. Let’s just say we had glitter EVERYWHERE!
Next take two pieces of your cut dowel and glue the top edge of your paper over the top of one dowel, then glue the bottom edge around the bottom of the other dowel.
After the glue is dry, roll the top end of the ornament down and the bottom end of the ornament up, rolling each end about hallway. When you release the ends, you have a scroll shape. Mine didn’t go too scroll like but I think that was due to the type of paper I used.
Just tie a piece of gold cord to the top dowel (we just used thin black craft wire). We also added a red bow for an extra touch and my daughter wrote Merry Christmas 2009 on the back of each.
Your ornament will soon have folks singing its praises! :)
Thanks Taste of Home for coming through for me AGAIN!