If your family is anything like mine, Christmas day meant a garbage bag filled with wrapping paper, ribbons, tags and bows after all the presents were opened. Here are some simple craft ideas for reusing those holiday trimmings!
Origami Lucky Stars: I'm partial to these, and they're so simple to make. Cut your paper into strips, then follow the directions on Foldastar.com. Once folded they can be used to make a garland, or fill a hollow ornament. They look great in jars too! I made this garland for my sister , it uses Sephora holiday catalogs, delica seed beads, green ribbon and beading cord.
Greeting Card Garland:
Punch out your cards, or alternately draw 1" circles and cut them out. Apply glue to one side of each circle.
For the first circle make a little loop with the ribbon as shown.
Glue the ribbon down the center of each subsequent circle. I used a ruler to space them out evenly.
Glue additional circles on top of the ribbon, pressing down firmly to get a good seal. Finish with another loop, let dry and hang!
Greeting Card Gift tags & notes:
Using blank greeting cards, scraps and bits of ribbon create thank you notes, or tags for next year. Use what you have on hand- rubber stamps, calligraphy pens, ribbons, glitter, specialty scissors, etc.
Geodesic Paper Ornaments are a little more advanced, but the result is beautiful. You can also try this tutorial from ZenCrafter for larger origami stars.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to make Christmas a little greener, Happy Holidays!