This is the ultimate Lazy Mom’s guide because much of this project happened while I was out of the house. Yes, it’s true. This project originated with the father of my two cherubs. I came home from sweating my Saturday morning away at Zumba to see my children gluing together and coloring-in perfectly cut shapes and magazine cut-outs. Don’t get too jealous; I know I’m lucky.
The shapes had to dry, and I was left to complete the new decorations. All three of my family members had chosen several pictures. A baby orangutan was my husband’s choice, snowmen were my son’s, and the Rockettes with Santa were what my daughter chose. I think I was given the candy cane.
Here’s what you need: 1) Thin cardboard or box material. We used the separations from Chinese take-out, but wine bottle separators or show box tops could work nicely as well. 2) Some paper. We used construction paper, but anything that will hold crayon or colored pencil will do. 3) Glue. Stick or school glue. 4) Magazines with cool colors or pictures. 5) Needle and thread.
Instead of putting magazine pictures on both sides, my husband had the kids color in construction paper on one side. My son drew the same picture on every ornament that he decorated: A cookie with the “yummy smell” rising from it. I was kind of impressed. Although I thought it looked like a steaming pile of something else. But whatever. Still a good concept.
And I’m glad that my much-more-thoughtful half mentioned using a needle and thread to make the holes for hangers. I had already been trying to figure out how to get the sharp end of scissors through the cardboard. Needle and thread works really well.
I’m sure someone more patient could manage to get pretty ribbon or colorful string through the cardboard to make it look much more polished. But then this would not be Lazy Mom’s craft, would it? Still, it’s what I suggest you do, even if I won’t.
What I especially like about this is that all the family members can choose whichever decoration they can find. It makes for very interesting choices sometimes. We used family oriented magazines, and we were decorating a Christmas tree. But teens could use music magazines or fashion or car magazines, and they could be used to decorate windows or doorknobs or teddy bears (which actually ended up happening in our house). With the colder weather (and windy and rainy!) suddenly upon us – enjoy!