Hi, I’m Lisa from lisastorms.com (creative name, right?) and I am happy to be a part of U Create’s inspiring ornament series!
I wanted to create an ornament that could hold a collection of Christmas photos from each year. I love regular photo ornaments, but I just have so many favorites that it’s hard to narrow down!
I decided to transform a paper mache box from the craft store into a little photo box. Peppermints have become my very favorite Christmas decoration, so I instantly knew the plan … a sparkly peppermint ornament on the outside and a collection of sweet memories on the inside. =)
Here’s how to make one of your own.
Start with a 3-inch paper mache box. Paint it white and set aside to dry.
Meanwhile, punch four circles from red cardstock using a 2 or 2.5-inch circle punch. Feed each circle back into the punch partially as shown and repunch. This creates the crescent shapes you’ll need for the peppermint design.
Glue them to the dried lid of your box as shown, spiraling out from the center. Allow to dry fully, and then flip the lid over onto a cutting mat. Use a craft knife to trim off the overhang.
Paint the lid with a nice layer of Mod Podge and cover with a thick layer of crystal glitter if desired for sparkle. Allow to dry and shake off excess glitter.
Now all you have to do is fill with SWEET memories! Cut or punch 2.5 inch circles from printed Christmas photo copies.
Hang using baker’s twine (I used a tiny eyelet screw I had hanging around, but you can also punch two small holes to thread it through). Create a new ornament each year for a tree full of memories =).