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Hustle Bustle of the Holidays

Have you attended any festive events?   Maybe a work luncheon or a cookie exchange or just good friends have a cup of coffee?

It has been a whirlwind at our home and it's not over yet!  I have several groups in which we exchange tokens of our friendship.   This year I made ornaments for gifts.   

They were easy and fun, embellishing is the TRICK!   At this time of year anything goes with decorations!   A florist once told me, you can truly get away with TACKY at Christmas!  If it's shiny and bright it's OK.

Here are some photos -

I started with our Paper Mache Cones and inked the edge with Mementos Love Letter Red ink. I then used Kaisercraft Mint Twist paper pad to cover the cones.

I found the easiest way to create my template was to place the point of the cone at one corner of the paper and rolling it while I made a pencil outline of the shape.  I was able to fit two cones onto each piece of paper.  Since the cones are small this worked well.

Double side tape was used to attach the paper to the cones, applying three pieces along the three edges.   You may need to closely trim the paper, I used Kai Scissors for a close cut.   The sharp short blades and large handles make close cutting accurate and easy. An exacto on a craft mat works too.

Now for the FUN of embellishing!

Using the cropodile with large eyelets made a perfect made a perfect secure attachment for the hangers

I cut pieces of tulle, pinched them in  the center and hot glued them into the cones having fun coordinating colors.


I had picked up some red, white, green decor pipe cleaners which were the PERFECT handle.   

Not sure which one I liked best!   I added a colorful Christmas ball ornament into the tulle, plus mylar holly berries, stars and mini garland.  With each box of ornaments I included some cookies baked by the grandkids and myself.  

This project can be completed for any Holiday or gift item.   Change the papers, use beautiful ribbons and mini Ball Fringe 

HO HO HO and Happiest of all Holidays to everyone.   Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Peaceful Solstice.  We are all one world!

My family and I send warmest December greetings to EVERYONE!   

We especially thank JFF Stamps for being our December Partner!


  1. How adorable! Merry Christmas Jean!

  2. These ornaments are cute. I love it when the gift wrap is also a present! And nice flag wreath graphic. I love it.

  3. what a cute idea! Children would love to find surprises in those!

  4. What fun! Such beautiful ornaments and I'm sure the cookies are a super added bonus :)

  5. Oh my gosh- how did I miss these?!! How clever indeed!! What a great idea for the grandkiddos!!!

  6. These cones make such beautiful ornaments. They look fabulous on your tree!


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