I’ve posted tutorials for several versions of Cookie Cutter Garland that I made last year but I never got around posting the tutorial for this Paper or Foam Gingerbread Garland.
I love this project because you can make it as simple or as complex as you wish and you can use whatever you have on-hand or can be purchased at a dollar store for under $5.
I challenge you to complete your own garland without buying anything (or with whatever you can purchase for under $5) and send me a photo. I will definitely add your photo to the tutorial.
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.
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.
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I found this cute project idea on the Dollar Store Crafts site. Take a minute to “Pin It” so that you can make some of these for Christmas 2012!
When I saw these I just HAD to make some of these little cuties for my “Cookie Christmas Tree” – – – I guess it was upgraded to a “Baking Sweet Treats Christmas Tree”!
I was lucky enough to find some GINGERBREAD cupcake liners at Michael’s for a $1.99 before Christmas (how prefect!). I also got some green & red patterned ones at the Dollar Tree which is where I picked up the ball ornaments. I also had some regular cupcake size liners and some regular size balls on-hand so I made some larger ones too. I also couldn’t find any of the berries that looked right so mine don’t have “cherries”. And I used glue dots to secure the balls in the cupcake liners instead of using a glue gun. I also used different colors for my ornaments – different color balls, paint and glitter. Each one is unique. I gave a lot of these as little token gifts.
I had all the other materials (paint and glitter) on-hand so these ornaments cost less than $4 to make. Really not even that much, because I have used the ornament balls for lots of other craft projects.
Thank to goldilocks for the craft project tutorial. Here is the link to the tutorial:
Here are some photos of the ornaments I made.