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.
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