I followed some links and discovered the original tutorial from Everyday Chaos using recycled book pages and I was in love! I gathered up my supplies and sat down right that minute to make one. It took one episode of Ellen and about $1.25 and I was done...want to learn?
Recycled Book Page Christmas Ornament
An old book (I used a cheap-o dollar store book I bought for projects like this)
Hot glue gun
Begin by preparing your book. Rip out the pages, then begin ripping 1 1/2 inch strips then 1 1/2 inch squares. I used the edge of the ruler to tear straight lines. I wanted a rough edge, but you could also cut these squares with scissors.
You will need MANY squares. Many more than this.
Now, rub the edges of the squares over the ink pad to age and distress them...you know I hate bright white!
Here are the balls I used, gaudy glittery balls that came 5 to a tube at the dollar store:
Using your pencil, form the square of paper over the end of the pencil, like this:
Place a dot of hot glue onto the end of the paper "cup" like this:
And, stick it to the ball like this!
Repeat about a thousand times until the entire ball is covered:
Once you cover the entire surface, embellish it the way you'd like. I cut out a star from the front of a glittery Christmas card and attached a Merry Christmas banner like the original tutorial.
You could decorate yours in all sorts of creative ways!
It's so easy a child could do it...or two children could do it while arguing over the hot glue gun. Whatever.
Here is a round up of some of the other ideas you shared at the Christmas Ornament Linky Party last week!
Borax Snowflakes by Domestically Speaking:
Snowman Balls by Joy Beadworks:
And a last minute Glass Ball Ornament using rub-ons from Fingerprints on the Fridge: