I’ll bet most of us probably made some kind of ornaments for our tree when we were kids. I still cherish every single ornament my own children made and faithfully put them on the tree every year. Even though some of them, made from paper and crayons, have become a bit bedraggled over the years, on the tree they go! Even with all of the special ornaments many of us buy over the years, the ornaments we make with our own hands can often become the most cherished, don’t you think? I love opening the boxes of ornaments every year – it’s like, hello again, my pretty friends! Paper mache ornaments are so much fun to decorate and this Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament gives us lots of ways to express a little Christmas creativity. Another friend for the collection!
These paper mache shadowboxes are available at Michael’s, in two shapes; round and rectangle. I made a round one, which measures about 4-1/2” in diameter. You can use paint, paper, Washi tape, whatever strikes your holiday fancy! I thought I’d go with traditional Christmas red and green for this shadowbox ornament.
I painted the sides first with an opaque red paint and then went over that with red glitter paint. I cut paper to fit the inside and back, using two different patterns from Basic Gray’s Jovial Collection from 2010. Did I mention ever, that I have tons of scrapbook paper? On a small, bottlebrush tree in a snowy base, I glued red rhinestones. The tree, also from Michael’s measures 4” high from base to tip.
I found some star charms in gold and silver in my stash and hot glued them to the inside of the ornament, and then hot glued the tree to the center of the inside bottom. To give the ornament edges a nice finish, I used a thick, red stain cording and a narrower, dark green satin cording. I hot glued a triple layer of alternating colors of coding around the front of the ornament, and used just the narrow, green cording around the back.
For a final touch, I made a 6-loop bow from shimmery, red double-faced ¼’ satin ribbon and hot glued the bow to the top center of the ornament. Quick as a wink and just like, it’s done and we have a beautiful little ornament!
A handmade ornament also makes a fantastic gift! If you participate in an ornament or gift exchange at work, with friends, with neighbors or at church, this Paper Mache Shadowbox Ornament could be just the right heartfelt, holiday greeting! Oh…this could also be an extra-special finish for a gift, too!
Do you make any ornaments for your holiday decorating? Or for gifts? I just might have a few more ornaments to inspire you this season!
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