I know I've written before about my fascination with my grandmother's Christmas tree and the wondrous packages piled beneath it. It wasn't so much wondering what was in the packages, or checking to see which ones were for me. I just loved seeing how she had wrapped them. My grandmother seemed at times to keenly regret her lack of higher education, but she absolutely had the soul of an artist and showed it in so many ways -- in the kitchen and pantry, in her seasonal decorating, and so on. Christmas was the high point of her artistic talents and of our year. Her gift-wrapping skills were amazing and I simply loved seeing the papers she had chosen.
So I was excited, a few years ago, to come across these fun metal ornaments that make use of vintage wrapping paper. This project is designed by Ashlee at My So-Called Crafty Life. Ashlee is a great go-to source for vintagey Christmas ideas.
|Photo from Ashlee at My So-Called Crafty Life|
This blog post was from 2015, and it looks as if Michaels no longer carries the galvanized metal ornaments that Ashlee used for the project. I checked Hobby Lobby also and found nothing. Hopefully I can locate some somewhere, as this is an ornament I'd really like to make. I did look on Etsy and found these galvanized metal stars that might be a possibility.
However, these stars have a bit of a puffy look which might not be conducive to applying the wrapping paper. They do seem to have an edge where the pipe cleaners could be attached. One plus is that these ornaments have a hanger already attached, so it would be easy to replace the jute with ribbon or string and no awl would be needed. I may have to order some and experiment, but the shipping is a bit high so again I might not.
Regardless, this is an adorable use of vintage wrapping paper! I would guess that scrapbooking paper could perhaps be used in place of wrapping paper if one chose to do so. I've seen some scrapbooking paper with designs that resemble vintage papers.
Hope you've enjoyed this crafting inspiration!