Friday, December 23, 2011

Guest Post: My Third True Love - Christmas Family Ornaments

Today we have one of my FAVORITE bloggy friends Ali from My Third True Love! Take it away Ali!

Hi PB&J readers, I'm Ali and I blog over at My Third True Love! I love all things creative and crafty and Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. I'm actually going to share with you a craft I did last year, but I was reminded of how much I love the outcome when I was decorating my tree this year. Here's goes!!
"NEVER rip books! NEVER." I can hear my mom's voice echoing in my ears as I type those words. That was her mantra when I was growing up. "Books are precious gifts and they are NEVER supposed to be treated badly." Well, here I sit, a grown woman - BREAKING THE RULES!! Ha ha. Ok, in my defense, I got this stack of old children's book FREE at the library's used bookstore. FREE. So I gave myself permission to treat the books "badly" and give them a new life. Actually, I am not treating them badly after all. I'm saving these sad old books from the trash and reinventing them into holiday decor. You know, like Phoebe saving the dead trees from the chipper and letting them fulfill their X-mas destiny in her living room (ps, did you know that everything in life at one time or another relates to FRIENDS). Ok, getting way off track.

Apparently book pages and sheet music are "all the rage" this holiday season, so I thought I would get on the bandwagon. I decided to make ornaments, but I also think these would make really pretty gift toppers. As you continue reading, you will see the faint outline of a blog "tutorial." I put the word tutorial in quotes because I-am-awful at it. I see so many wonderful tutorials on various blogs like right here on PB&J and they make the instructions of their project look so clear and easy. For some reason, I can't get coordinated enough to make it work. So, you'll have to bear with me.
Ok. First, tear out the pages of the book that don't have illustrations on at least one side. It's ok if there are pictures on the back, you just need one side with only words. Next, fold the pages into little accordions. Some people are very precise about this and have a scoring-board and bone folder. Not me, I just wing-it.

To make a circle, I used 3 pages. Once they were folded into accordions, I folded them each in half.
Then I glued all of the ends together to make 3 fans. After that, I glued the 3 fans together to make a circle. I used my glue gun for this because it dries fast and holds well.
oooooohh. Aaahhhhhhhh.
A while back I bought this pack of white circles from Michael's. It was $1 and I knew they would come in handy for something. The small & medium sizes were perfect for this project.
Trace the circle on to a book page and cut it out (see people, in order to get this shot, I had to hold the pencil with my left hand and take the pic with my right. As you can see by the way I'm holding the the thing, I'm clearly not ambidextrous). Tutorials = HARD.

Next, I got a bit distracted and started making paper chains out of the extra pages. Isn't it cute!? This will look dandy on my X-mas tree. I know, I know. Focus.
Uh-oh. This is when my "tutorial" totally fell apart. I was so busy crafting I forgot to take pics of the remaining steps. The next thing I knew, my ornaments were done. At least it isn't rocket science and of course you know that you can always contact me if you have questions ;)

Taa-daa!!! Aren't they charming!? I really love how they came out. I basically printed out some pics of my kiddos on regular printer paper, mod podged them to the circles that were already covered in book pages (I will skip the mod podge next time. It's not really necessary and the colors from my pics ran a bit - just fyi), and hot glued the whole thing to the accordion circle. I added a bit of glitter glue around the edges of the pictures, and added a ribbon hanger to the back with hot glue. Wallah! Pretty pretties :)

 I made a bunch more and hung them on my pretty Christmas tree. I will LOVE these for years to come!!!
Here's a bigger shot of the tree :)

Pretty?? PRETTY!!!!
Thanks SO much Pamela for letting me guest post on your awesome blog! I hope you liked this craft, and if I don't seem too crazy for you, come on over and say hi at My Third True Love :)
Happy Holidays everyone!!!


How great were those ornaments?! So cute!!! I just love her tree it's so colorful and full of life. LOVE IT. Thanks again Ali!


  1. Thanks SO Much for letting me guest post on your awesome blog!!! Have a GREAT trip and a MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  2. those are so adorable!!!!! i need to do this next year and make one for every year with my kids faces! so sweet! love ali- thanks for having her!

  3. Ali, these decorations are just beautiful! Thanks for the fabulous tutorial, they will be on my must make list next year. Merry Christmas to you and to Pamela ~ x

  4. Such pretty ornaments, love them! You are so creative Ali!


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