Want to give your Christmas tree a vintage, homemade flair? Try your hand at these 4 easy ornaments found in a 1943 newspaper! Or give the project to older kids to keep them busy on their holiday break!11 Dec 1943, Sat The Macon News (Macon, Georgia) Newspapers.com
“Of course it is fun to have a splendid Christmas tree trimmed with shining ornaments, but it can be lovely without them and you won’t have to spend a penny for trimmings. […] You will be proud when you see your Christmas tree dressed in its beautiful homemade ornaments.”−The Macon News, 1943
- Measure and cut a strip of bread wrapping paper 3” x 15”.
- Hold the short end toward you and pleat the paper.
- Tie the pleated strip tightly in the center with thread.
- Spread out the pleats to form a rosette and add a loop of thread for hanging.
- Use a paper cake or candy cup.
- For the clapper, fold six thicknesses of paper. On this trace around a spool. Before cutting the circles, sew them together at the center.
- Cut around the circle and slash the edges.
- Separate the papers to form a ball.
- Make ten circles about 2 1/2″ in diameter. Trace around a water tumbler if you have no compass.
- Fold each circle into quarters without pressing the folds flat.
- Sew through the point of each folded circle and draw them together. Hang by a loop.
- Measure and cut a 5″ square of colored paper from a magazine.
- Roll this into a cornucopia shape and paste it. Sew it if the paste does not stick.
- Add a paper cut scallop or one cut from a paper doily.
- Fill several cornucopias with popcorn, raisins and sweets and hang them on the tree for visitors.