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Michael's Dream Tree Challenge {how to make handmade Christmas ornaments}

Posted by  ·  November 18, 2012  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

Michael’s Arts & Crafts challenged me to decorate a Christmas tree for their Holiday Dream Tree Challenge.  At first the aisles upon aisles of decorations can be a bit overwhelming, but Michael’s has set it up so there are themes and color coordinated items to make the decorating easier. As you can see from my  basket I went with a funky whimsical color pallet.

Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

For my tree wrapping paper is the star! I found this amazing glitter wrapping paper and this fun plastic cutting tool template from Martha Stewart.  I took two eight inch squares of glitter wrapping paper and adhered them wrong sides together with spray glue. Next the square is folded in half and placed in the plastic template. Once the top is closed a special cutter slices the paper perfectly. It works like a dream.

Edges are glued together on opposite sides. I found hot glue worked the best to secure this glitter paper.

Just a few simple steps and an amazing ornament is made!

Again using wrapping paper, I made more ornaments.  I paired the glitter wrapping paper with a shiny wrapping paper.  I cut 3 inch long strips and then accordion folded the strips in one inch folds. Once the ends are attached to make a circle they make a great medallion. I stacked the paper medallions and added some silver garland and a Christmas ornament to the center with hot glue.

The wrapping paper worked great to make beautiful ornaments.

I can’t wait to revel my tree to you this week! What a fun challenge this has been!

You will be able to see my tree and other trees decorated by creative bloggers on  Facebook ,PinterestTwitter and YouTube.

Check out Michael’s Holiday Lookbook online for loads of holiday ideas. Michael’s chose four themed collections to help you get started on your holiday tree decorating!

Cedar Lodge Collection

Crystal Elegance Collection

Frankincense Collection

Jingle & Jolly Collection


My Decorated Tree

Michael’s supplied me with a Christmas tree and a gift card to purchase supplies. Thoughts and ideas are all my own.  I share my ideas here in hopes that you will be inspired to create!

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  1. Wanda Ball
    Saturday, December 26th, 2015
    Hi, I love the snowflake idea, but again I'm limited for space for storing. I viewed your tutorial and just wondering how to make this work with glitter paper. Any ideas on that would be appreciated.
  2. Stephanie
    Sunday, December 8th, 2013
    Beth Anne, I think you could just make one of the sections of the tutorial found here: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2006/12/lacy-snowflake-tutorial.html
  3. Beth Anne
    Saturday, December 7th, 2013
    My craft room is very small so I try hard not to buy uni-tasker tools like the tree ornament cutter. I don't have room to store them during the 11 months I'm not using them. I'd sure appreciate a pattern so I could cut this ornaments by hand. Any chance you'll share one? Thanks.
  4. Sandi M
    Saturday, December 15th, 2012
    Love the whimsy and cheery colors you have with your tree! That cutting tool (what is it called?) is going on my list for next year's tree :)
  5. Donna Carlino
    Monday, December 10th, 2012
    What is that cutting tool that you found-got to get one of those! This is amazing. I am planning on making several ornaments thru this year to have a totally homemade tree next year. (Got the idea way too late this year.) But I will be stealing both of your ornament ideas. Thanks.
  6. Sunday, December 9th, 2012
    That is one colorful and festive tree. Thank you for sharing.
  7. Brittany Dunlap
    Monday, December 3rd, 2012
    Oooo, those are so pretty!
  8. Thursday, November 29th, 2012
    This is seriously SERIOUSLY gorgeous Cindy! I'm so impressed with your creativity. Wrapping paper?! AMAZING!
  9. jet
    Friday, November 23rd, 2012
    beautiful and sooo pretty to watch, well done!!! really love it.XD
  10. Wednesday, November 21st, 2012
    Love this tree, the colors are fabulous! What a great job, you are truly creative and an inspiration.
  11. Nicole
    Tuesday, November 20th, 2012
    oh I can't wait to see the tree! I LOVE these Cindy!
  12. Monday, November 19th, 2012
    The wrapping paper is gorgeous! I can't wait to see the tree - I love all the colors . . .
  13. Karen
    Monday, November 19th, 2012
    What a great idea! I can't wait to try it out.
  14. Monday, November 19th, 2012
    This is totally amazing. I cannot believe you made that with wrapping paper. Love these ideas.
  15. Monday, November 19th, 2012
    i love the pin wheel ornaments from the wrapping paper! so smart. beautiful.
  16. Monday, November 19th, 2012
    Love those ideas Cindy! That glitter wrapping paper is fantastic. I use it all of the time.