The boys and I saw this fun idea hanging on a Christmas tree at the library last week. I couldn’t believe how simple…yet how sweet these ornaments are. Check it out…they’re angels made from a funky paper clip.
Standing at the library Christmas tree examining the ornaments, I kept going on and on about how sweet the angels were. My boys were interested for about two seconds, then they just stood there nodding politely with a look in their eyes that told me that they’d rather make a pea shooter from a paper clip than an angel.
Fine, fine…but I like the angel. And so I made some. All by myself because my manly boys weren’t interested.
I thought they were interested at one point because they came into the kitchen while I was making them and said, “Ooh, what are ya makin’?”
“Those sweet little angels we saw at the library,” I told them eagerly, handing them a piece of ribbon and a bead.
Nah, it would seem that they really were just hoping I was making some kind of food.
Oh well…maybe for those of you with girl children…or kids littler than mine…you can enjoy the wonderful activity of making these ornaments together with your family. If not, bring over your beads, ribbon and funky paper clips so you and I can ooh and aah over our pretty little creations! (To their credit, my boys did think my finished results were nice.) (And then they asked for food again.)
Because I already had ribbon and beads hanging around…my only purchase was the paper clips (which I found at Wal-mart). I was then able to make these Angel Ornaments for just a few cents each!
You will need: Thin ribbon, beads, funky paper clips, needle and thread
As you take a look at the following tutorial, pay no attention to the fact that some of the pictures show green ribbon with clear beads and some show red ribbon with green beads. I had to take the pictures in stages…in between feeding snacks to boys.
Cut a piece of ribbon about 10 inches long.
Fold the ribbon in half.
Push the folded part of the ribbon through a bead.
Pull ribbon through…
…then fold it around the “neck” of the paper clip.
With your needle and thread, stitch the ribbon together.
(This was the best way I found to hide the excess ribbon behind the angel’s head.)
To see exactly where you stitch the ribbon, scroll back up to the picture right above this one. See where my thumb is? Stitch there…removing your thumb first.
Ooh. Aah. So pretty. So simple.
Much cuter than a pea shooter…don’t you think so?