The colorful (or black-and-white) pages from your Page-A-Day® calendars are so well-designed that you may want to transform and keep them, even after the calendar year is over. Upcycle those used pages from your calendar and use them to decorate your Christmas tree. Use brightly colored ribbon to dress up the ornament, or use burlap twine for a more trendy look. "Easy Paper Craft Accordion Ornament" inspired by Homemade Gifts Made Easy (our other recycled/upcycled paper craft projects are from the book Paper Made: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper).
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What you need:
- Pages from last year's Page-A-Day® Calendar
- Something circular to trace (e.g. a glass or a cup)
- Mini glue dots or double sided tape
1) Select at least 12 calendar pages. If you're using a full-color calendar, look for a variety of colors. Paper with different colors on the front and back, like the pages from our Gallery calendars, look particularly cool.
2) Trace around the rim of the glass to make 12 circles on the calendar pages, and cut them out. For extra pizzazz, use scissors with a decorative edge.
3) Fold all the circles in half and stack them inside each other.
4) Use a stapler to staple all 12 layers together along the crease of the inner-most paper circle. Place two staples—one at the top and one at the bottom.
5) Stick a glue dot onto the circle, halfway between 4 and 5 o'clock (if the circle was the face of a clock), where the pencil is pointing in the photograph below. Fold the facing flaps together and press to secure the bond.
6) Turn the "page" to the next circle and stick a glue dot halfway between 1 and 2 o'clock, as shown. Turn the "page" again and place a dot between 4 and 5 o'clock. Continue, alternating high and low glue dots, until you return to the first circle.
Poke a small hole near the top of the ornament to attach a string, and hang it on your Christmas tree or in a window, or give your homemade Page-A-Day paper craft ornament as a gift to someone special.
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