Recycle Cardboard Ribbon Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Ribbon Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I always have quite a few spools of ribbon in my craft stash. Normally, I would toss the empty spools in the recycle bin but I found a really great use for them a few years ago. Christmas ornaments!

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I started by taking one side of the cardboard off of the spool. The spools I use are from thin ribbons 1/4 inch wide or less.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

To get all the excess paper bits and glue off, I sand it down lightly. Then I find an image to put inside the spool. The Graphics Fairy is always a great place to find vintage images and where I found this cute little snowman.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I made two of these ornaments and each one was a bit different although I used the snowman for both. Both spools were painted, one with red and cream, the other just cream colored.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I only painted the areas that would be showing. For the other areas, I used scrapbook paper to cover the cardboard.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Then I started adding a little decoration to the snowman to make him pop out. On one of the  snowmen, I added red glitter to all the red areas. The other one I added black stick on beads for his buttons.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas OrnamentsI also added glitter glass to a different area on the outside of each spool.

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

To finish off the ornaments, I added a hanger with some ribbon and a piece of scrapbook paper to the back.

Done! I gave them as gifts on Thanksgiving one year to my family. I used old Christmas card images the last time I made them as another way of recycling. There are so many ways to do these, but I tend to go for more of a vintage look every time.

I haven’t tried any of the wider spools but I was thinking of making one with miniature trees in it, almost like a small shadow box. What do you think? Do you have any other ideas on how to use the empty ribbon spools?

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

Recycle Cardboard Spools into Christmas Ornaments

I will be linking up to these parties.

I have also linked up to the 2016 Ornament Exchange Blog Hop.

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DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

The last few years I have been without my Thanksgiving decor and serving dishes because they are in Maryland in storage at my mom’s house. To compensate, I have been making decor items to brighten up our table and house. Hopefully, next year we will have all of our stuff back with us.

I have a small cornucopia decoration packed away but I’ve always wanted a large one that I can fill with harvest things to put on our table.  I decided to make my own since I’ve only ever seen wicker ones at the store to buy. They are nice but I want something different.

This project was really easy to make with very few materials needed; burlap, paper, wire, tape, and glue.

For the base of the cornucopia, I used armature wire to construct circles in graduated sizes. I didn’t use a specific size but started with the largest circle and went down from there.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

To form the shape of the horn, I attached the circles together with long pieces of the wire. I used four pieces to keep the shape and taped them together with masking tape.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

Covering the armature I used a plain brown paper.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I rolled up some of the brown paper to make a lip at the opening of the horn. My husband had some strips of burlap from a project he had been working on and I confiscated them for my project. Don’t feel bad, he was done with the project and didn’t need them anymore. 🙂

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I couldn’t make up my mind on what glue to use.  I used decoupage glue until that ran out and switched to watered down tacky glue.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

To make the base I began laying down the strips basically building it up like papiér maché.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I let the first layer dry overnight and then added strips to the inside.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

Then I added more strips to the lip and until the entire horn was covered nicely. The last thing I added was the burlap ruffle that I had leftover from my table runner I made. In the end, I had to buy some more glue because I was low when I started this project anyway. I found using the tacky glue without watering it down and just squirting it onto the strips was the easiest way to do it.

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

I’m so excited with how it turned out. My table is ready!

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

 

DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

How will you be decorating your table?

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DIY Cornucopia for your Thanksgiving Table

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