Double-Duty Ornaments

If you follow my blog then you saw the pumpkin hangers that I made for the tree in my front yard. (If not, just flip back a couple of posts.)  The hangers were a hit, and I decided I wanted to come up with a way to use the hangers for Christmas.

I decided that over-sized Christmas tree ornaments would fit nicely in the hangers, but then I needed to figure out how to make them.  I was going to use bouncy balls, but then it occurred to me that I had the pumpkins and I could re-use these!  I just went to the dollar store and purchased foil wrapping paper to cover the pumpkins.  I also had the idea of using solar lights so that they could light up at night.  I found the lights at Dollar General of $1 each. I pulled the “stems” off of the lights and just used the top half of the lights, inserting the lights into the top of the pumpkins. I used zip ties to hold the foil wrappers closed, and at the same time hold the solar lights in place.  I trimmed off the excess wrapping paper around the top and tied curling ribbon around the top.

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My total investment:

$4 for the foil wrapping paper – note – the reverse side of the paper is silver, so I was able to get 5 colors out of 4 colors of paper

$1 for a roll of curling ribbon – plus I have curling ribbon left for wrapping presents!

$1 for package of zip ties (I actually already had these on hand, so in reality, it cost me nothing)

$6 for solar lights  – and I can re-use these for other things


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