Curtain Ring Ornaments: Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, Theme
You may never think of wooden and shower curtain rings in the same way again! Just don’t rip yours down and leave your shower curtain all caterwompass!
Initially I thought of photo frames (which is still a good idea) but Vacation Bible School was coming up and I felt lead to use them in making Christmas ornaments for the VBS kickoff. I had on hand some religious sayings scrapbook paper and presto – the idea was born! I framed the words I wanted highlighted inside the curtain ring and it made a really cute ornament for the tree. Since the theme was New York I added a freehanded skyline in blsck cardstock and a tiny apple punch. The kids really enjoyed making them too and even a few adults made one! They were a big hit!
So I have been on the lookout for more rings at the local thrift stores ever since, and have found some smaller ones that worked pretty well. But I wanted still more and was having trouble finding them (Did you know they are over $5 in stores?) – – – then, at a fairly recent trip I picked up some shower curtain rings for 99 cents. And they work just great too! If you wrap the bottom part of the ring that comes open with ribbon (and then make it the top of the ornament) you would never be able to tell what they are. You can find them in any color you need.
This is a great craft for kids as it is very easy to do. And at under 10 cents an ornament (using shower curtain rings) it is also very inexpensive – – – making it a great craft for a crowd.
You can customize it to the season simply by changing the scrapbook paper, color of the curtain ring, and ribbon. So it works for Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras (fleru-de-lis), Easter, Harvest, Christmas, or other holidays equally well.
It makes a great package decoration as you can even use sticker letters to spell out the recipient’s name.
- Curtain rings, wooden curtain or shower curtain
- Scrapbook paper
- Stickers: alphabet, seasonal
- Torn fabric strips, ribbon, lace, etc.
- Feathers, string of seed pearls, etc.
- Glue stick
- White glue
- Permanent markers
- Cotton swabs or paint brush
The scrapbook paper was bought on sale for 20 to 44 cents a sheet and one sheet will make 12 to 18 ornaments, depending on the pattern. The cardstock was on-hand from another project. The rings cost 6 to 11 cents each. So each ornament was 15 cents or less to make. This makes it an excellent “bulk craft” for “Make Your Own Ornament” events. It is easy enough for kids, yet adults can be challenged enough to keep their interest.
- I use Wal-Mart’s Foam Glue because I have found it has superior holding power and when it dries the bond remains slightly flexible and is less likely to come unglued when gluing to plastic.
- You can use Glue Dots if you need instant drying.
- When doing a crafting party where the ornaments need time to dry, give each participant a cheap white paper plate to place ornaments on to dry. Have them write their name on the plate with a marker. When it’s time to go home, it will be super easy for the participant to find their plate!
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