Christmas Present Ornaments

If you’re looking for gift ideas to make for family, friends, or co-workers, why not make them a set of Christmas Present Ornaments to hang on their tree? If you’re a crafter, you may already have the supplies on hand so you could start making these today!

Supplies:

  • Cardstock (Kraft, solid, or patterned)
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scoring Board
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (tape runner, score-tape, or hot glue)
  • Ribbon
  • Twine
  • Embellishments

I took a box that was lying in my closet and broke it down to come up with the dimensions and cut lines. To make a cute 2 inch square box, follow these dimensions:

  • Cut cardstock to measure 4 inches wide by 8.5 inches long.
  • Using a scoring board, score the 4 inch width part at one inch, then two inches, then one inch. The one inch parts will be the flaps on the box.
  • Turn paper around to score the 8.5 inch length at 2 inches, 2 inches, 2 inches, 2 inches, then .5 inches. The .5 inch will be your tab to make the box.
  • Use a bone folder to fold the paper where scored.
  • Use scissors to cut the scored lines that make the flaps. (see picture below)

2×2 square box – cut cardstock at 4 inches wide by 8.5 inches long. Score width at 1 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch. Turn paper and score the length at 2 inch, 2 inch, 2 inch, 2 inch, and .5 inch.

Snip off the corners of the .5 inch tab and apply adhesive on the outside of the tab. This will be folded inward to secure to the first two inch section. You should now have a box that looks similar to a cardboard moving box but with the flaps open on top and bottom. Then fold the flaps as you like – you could fold two sides inward, and then secure the other two flaps on top with adhesive, or you could interlace them if you don’t want to use adhesive.

Inside of box showing tab that constructs the box’s shape

Next is the fun part ~ embellish your little presents with ribbon or twine. I wrapped red ribbon around one of the boxes. I then made a tiny bow out of left over ribbon and secured it with a glue dot. To make a hanger, run a small piece of twine underneath the ribbon and knot it at the top. You can also add other embellishments – tiny tags with the recipient’s name, holly leaves, gems, etc. For this Kraft box, I made a little snowman out of white pom poms I had in my stash! You could also stamp little images on plain cardstock!

Kraft box embellished with snowmen – use pom poms, hot glue gun, and draw hands with a fine point black pen (Pilot Precise V7) – add eyes, mouth, and buttons with the same pen

The measurements can be adjusted to make smaller or larger boxes. Here’s a smaller version that I had fun with by leaving the top flaps open and adding tissue paper! It measures 2 x 6 & 1/4 inches before assembly. I scored at 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1/2 inch and then turned the paper around and scored 2 inch, 1 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch, and then 1/4 inch for the tab. This gives you a rectangular box. Did you notice I stamped little blue stars on the tissue paper to coordinate with the stamped images on the box? I also added faux stitching with a white gel pen before assembling. I think this is my favorite one so far! You can even go further by placing a tiny ornament inside the box – such as a teddy bear or miniature trumpet. The possibilities are endless!

Side view of the tiny rectangular box – embellished with a white gel pen and indigo blue ink stamped onto kraft cardstock and tissue paper.

Scoring the lines for a 1×2 inch rectangular box. This shows the .5 inch, 1 inch, .5 inch score lines on the paper that measures 2 inches x 6 & 1/4 inches.

Score the other lines for the 1×2 rectangular box. The paper has been turned and scored at 2 inch, 1 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch, and 1/4 inch.

Do embellishments before assembling

Run a hanger made of twine through the open box – tie off with a knot and glue the flaps shut

Stamped tissue paper – cut hole to go over hanger – push in and fluff

Inside of the small rectangular box showing how the hanger is threaded through the bottom flaps and through a hole cut in the tissue paper.

If you don’t want to use them as ornaments, leave off the hanger and you have cute boxes for little trinkets to give at Christmas! You can also use them as decorations under a small tree or place them in a bowl or basket for the table!

Using a fun holiday patterned paper is an easy method because the box already looks like a wrapped present – just add a bow. But if you want to coordinate with your “real” presents, you could wrap these little boxes in your favorite Christmas wrapping paper! And don’t forget to utilize your local dollar store – if you don’t want to use up the ribbon in your stash, buy miniature bows from the dollar store to make it even easier!

Size comparison – miniature gift box ornaments

Close up view

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Paper Nativity Scene – Christmas Village

I thought I would share this lovely Nativity scene with you. I cut the figures using Cricut’s Christmas Village cartridge. Each figure comes with stands so that you can display them standing up.

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Note: The figures cut out dis-proportionally to each other, so if you cut all the images at 5 inches for example, some figures may be too small or too large compared to the other pieces in the scene. Luckily, I was able to use Design Studio to gauge my sizes before cutting, saving me time and paper. Here are the sizes I used in cutting each figure in case you have this cartridge and would like to cut your own Nativity.

Mary ~ 4 inches
Baby Jesus ~ 3 inches
Joseph ~ 6 inches
Shepherd Boy ~ 4 1/2 inches
Wiseman with gift ~ 6 inches
Wiseman Kneeling ~ 5 inches
Wiseman with Camel ~ 7 1/2 inches
Cow ~ 3 1/2 inches
Sheep ~ 3 inches
Donkey ~ 4 1/2 inches

Happy Holidays!
Vanessa

Rudy & Trudy Reindeer – Made from Soap and Washcloths

This is an oldie but goody project for young and old alike! I made 11 sets of Rudy and Trudy Reindeer out of soap and washcloths and gave each set to my co-workers in December 2009. I just stumbled onto some pictures of this project and have never shared it on a blog before so I thought I would share it here today! I originally learned of this fun craft when I was in 7th grade. Our class made one from a brown washcloth and I had so much fun adding the google eyes and red pom-pom for the nose. I remember the antlers giving me trouble back then and my teacher helped me add the pipe cleaners so that my project would look right! 🙂 The pictures are clickable for a larger view. For my co-workers I went and purchased oval baskets from Dollar Tree and I also bought shredded Kraft filler for the sweet pair to sit on. And because I was so happy with how they turned out, I decided to add a sweet treat and looked online for fun Christmas munchies. I bought food-safe Christmas bags to put the treats in and then placed these inside brown paper lunch bags that I could stamp on and tie with Christmas cord. I created recipe cards in Word and titled the recipes to match the Rudy and Trudy reindeer couple. The whole project was so fun to make and it made for a great holiday gift exchange. Here are the recipe Word files in case you would like to make these! Rudy’s Famous Reindeer Munch and Trudy’s Winter Wonderland Snow Crunch. I simply printed these off onto 4×6 photo paper and put them behind the reindeer in the basket.

Directions for the Reindeer Craft

Materials:

  • Thin ivory washcloth for Trudy (thin affordable cloths at Wal-mart)
  • Thin tan washcloth for Rudolph aka Rudy
  • 4 brown pipe cleaners
  • 2 bars of soap such as Ivory (can be any scent and can serve as a light air freshener)
  • 4 small google eyes
  • 1 medium red pom-pom for Rudy
  • 1 small black pom-pom for Trudy
  • 12 jingle bells for the antlers (small works best due to weight on the pipe cleaners)
  • 2 rubber bands (use a durable thickness and length such as a medium size)
  • Ribbon or craft-sized holly garland to hide the rubber band
  • Hot glue gun or fabric glue
  • Scissors or Wire Cutters

Directions:

  • Place the washcloth on your work surface and turn it around until it resembles a diamond shape. Unwrap your bar of soap and place it on the washcloth parallel with your body. Fold in the top and bottom corners of the wash cloth as you would wrapping a present.  Gather the left and right ends up around the bar of soap and secure with a rubber band.  Pull the left and right ends out to resemble ears and to tighten the rubber band’s grip. Next, take a long pipe cleaner and wrap both ends around the rubber band snuggly and then twist it once or twice near the reindeer’s body to secure. This should now leave you with two free ends that can be bent straight up. If desired, trim the longer end to match the other end’s length with scissors or wire cutters. Take another pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Wrap each half around each side of the pipe cleaner that’s attached to the reindeer body. I wrapped mine twice for durability. Next shape the antlers to your liking and secure jingle bells to the tops of the antlers by threading the free ends of the pipe cleaners through the bells’ loops and folding the ends over to lock them in place. Next, hot glue two google eyes to each reindeer face. You can use smaller eyes for Trudy and perhaps add craft eyelashes or buy google eyes with the lashes painted on. I also applied blush to Trudy’s cheeks using a paint brush and some pink blush cosmetics. Glue on a small black pom-pom for Trudy’s nose and a medium red pom-pom for Rudy’s nose. To hide the rubber band used to secure the cloth, wrap a decorative Christmas ribbon around it and make a bow or use Christmas holly garland (bought at Wal-mart) to add a woodsy Christmas look with holly and berries.

Thanks for looking! Vanessa