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Dec 17: Recycled Craft: Doodle-y Christmas Tree Ornament


By Maria Chatzi | Posted December 1, 2013 | Updated December 22, 2019

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Christmas Ornament

Doodle Christmas Tree OrnamentFeeling crafty this season? Make this lovely Christmas tree ornament, out of a toilet paper tube. It is fun and easy to make. Use lace scraps and ribbons to decorate it. You don’t need to be an artist to make a simple design, like mine, with acrylic paints — doodling is for everyone. Level of difficulty: Easy | Age: Teens & Adults

Craft Materials:

  • cardboard toilet paper tube
  • satin ribbon, about 0.55 inches wide, color: any shade of green you like
  • a scrap piece of a red lacy design (or mesh netting)
  • a small rose (made of any light material), color: silver
  • cotton cord (or thin and narrow satin ribbon), color: any shade of green
  • markers, colors: green, red, black OR brushes and acrylic paints — paint colors: green, red, black
  • glue
  • scissors
  • optional: ruler

fig 1

Project Instructions:

Step 1

Start by spreading the cardboard toilet paper tube out, as shown in fig 1.

To do this, you need to follow the seam and unglue it very carefully using your fingers.

Step 2

Fold it in half, lengthwise. When folded in half, you have two triangles (marked as A and B in fig 1). Press the fold with your fingers or, even better, use the side of a ruler.

Now, unfold it again. You will decorate only one of the triangles, which will be the front side of your Christmas tree ornament.

fig 2

Step 3

Start by gluing the red lace (or mesh) on the lower part (the base) of the triangle you’ve chosen.

Then glue the green satin ribbon in the middle of the lace (or mesh), lengthwise.

See fig 2 for steps 2 and 3.

Wait for the glue to dry completely before you continue.

Step 4

Turn the free ends of the red lace (or mesh) and the green satin ribbon to the back side of the triangle and glue them on this side.

Wait for the glue to dry.

fig 3

Step 5

Also, this is the time to glue the green cotton cord at the top. Make a loop and glue only its ends on the paper.

For steps 4 and 5, see fig 3.

Step 6

After that, fold your Christmas tree ornament as before and glue the triangles together, so that the back side of the decorated triangle is covered by the one you haven’t decorated.

Wait for the glue to dry very well before you proceed — it is a good idea to press your palm on it, once or twice, while it’s drying. Be careful not to put too much glue.

fig 4

Step 7

When it’s all dry, you can start doodling in the space above the mesh.

Doodle Christmas Tree OrnamentStep 8

For the final touch: When finished, add the silver rose wherever you believe it looks best and wait for the glue to harden.

For steps 7 and 8 see fig 4.

Your Christmas tree ornament is ready.

Creative Ideas for Your Ornament

  • Make more than one ornament to hang on your unconventional Christmas tree.

  • Use the ornament to decorate a beautifully wrapped Christmas gift for a special person.

  • Create a pretty eco-friendly Christmas garland with as many of these Christmas tree ornaments as you wish — play with size, colors and materials used.

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