Submitted by Denise Bailey of Ohio
"Box of Love Ornament"
My kids make homemade ornaments for extended family every year. We've made quite a few through the years. This is one of the favorites and it's easy enough for little ones to do! And, it is very inexpensive!
Paper (card stock preferred)
Use a small gift box…the kind usually for jewelry. I got an assortment at the local dollar store. If it is plain, you can wrap it; otherwise, I just used a sparkly red or green box. Then I tied the curly ribbon on just like you would do a wrapped present. We even put a little bow on it.
Next, attach a gift tag (I used business card paper and printed it on my home printer--you can put a cute Christmas border around it, too) which reads...
I took an ordinary box
As empty as can be
I filled it with a special gift
And wrapped it carefully.
But please don't ever open it
Just leave the ribbon tied
And hold it tightly near your heart
Because my love for you is inside!
I had each child put their name and year on the back of the poem and then I laminated it so it would hold up over the years. Then tie the poem on with ribbon.
Finally, we took another piece of ribbon and hot glued it in a loop on the back of the box to hang it on the tree! The recipients loved it!
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