How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments From Manila Files & Embroidery Thread

by Anya Meave

Festive decorations add to the warmth and joy of the Christmas season, especially when the decorations are homemade. Recycle old manila file folders rather than tossing them out. Make Christmas ornaments from the folders and embroidery thread as a holiday craft. Hang the finished ornaments on a Christmas tree, or turn the ornaments into a garland to hang around a window or mantel.

Items you will need

  • Tape
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Hole puncher
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Acrylic pain
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Thread
Step 1

Open the manila file folders and lay them flat on a table. Tape the corners of the file folders to the table, if desired, to prevent the file folder from moving when drawing the Christmas ornaments.

Step 2

Draw outlines of Christmas symbols, such as pine trees and stars, on the surface of the file folder with the pencil. Also, draw simple shapes, such as circles and squares, to create traditional Christmas ornaments. Templates may also be printed from an online website to use as a guide. Make each shape 3 to 4 inches in size to make the ornaments easy to work with.

Step 3

Cut each Christmas ornament out from the file folder with scissors, and set the ornaments aside. Lay the sheet of newspaper on the table, and place the ornaments on the sheet of newspaper. The newspaper protects the table from ink and paint when applying color to each ornament.

Step 4

Punch a hole at the top each Christmas ornament, 1/2 inch below the edge, using the hole puncher. Then, color the entire surface of each ornament with crayons, markers or acrylic paints. Allow the ornaments to dry for 20 minutes when using acrylic paints before proceeding to the next step.

Step 5

Apply glue around the edges or on the surface of each ornament. Create squiggles and swirls on the surface of circles, stars and pine trees. Turn squares into Christmas gifts by making one horizontal line across the center of each square. Then draw a vertical line down the center of each square, followed by two loops to create a bow.

Step 6

Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter over the surface of each Christmas ornament. Then, lift each ornament up from the top edge with your fingers, and gently tap the bottom of the ornaments against the newspaper to remove the excess glitter. Allow the glue to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 7

Snip the embroidery thread into 6-inch strips with the scissors. Then insert the embroidery thread through each hole, and tie a knot at the end to complete each ornament.

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