magazine creative challenge: confetti ornaments

we are delighted to have been invited to be a part of tinkerlab’s creative challenge this month! our tinkerfriend has asked us to upcycle magazines to create a project that is child-directed. given all of the junk mail and catalogs inundating our mail box this season, i was more than happy to accept this challenge so we could upcycle some of this unnecessary paper! (why all the catalogs from stores who have web sites?!)

the other night, while sorting through the stacks of catalogs, i said to my daughter, “i wonder what we could make out of all of these extra magazines…” with christmas undoubtedly on the brain, she immediately responded, “ornaments!” but of course! she said she wanted to rip them up and glue them to balls. sounds like a plan to me — so she got right to work on the ripping that evening (thus the dark photo. my apologies: it’s a casualty of wintertime blogging.)

the next day we took a trip to michaels and scored these brown paper ornament shapes for 60 cents each (which turned out to be even cheaper with a coupon – love it.)

later (and again after a mad-early sunset,) N got to work mod podging her “magazine confetti” (as she termed it) onto the ornaments.

once they were covered (and she was kind of bummed by the white look of wet mod podge initially) she said she wanted them to sparkle more, and asked for glitter. [artsy-mom guilt-producing confession: i so HATE loose glitter.] while i knew glitter would be a lovely and festive addition to something for our tree, i shuddered when N asked for it. then sighed a bit of relief when i realized quickly that we didn’t have to sprinkle it onto the ornament. i suggested stirring the glitter into the mod podge and painting another coat of glittery mod podge onto the ornaments. she was sold - phew!

we hung the ornaments to dry (which only took about an hour actually – not bad in terms of fairly instant gratification.)

and they are super cool, colorful, and sparkly on our christmas tree!

thank you, rachelle, for including us in this challenge!

Tinkerlab Creative Challenge

check out all of the other amazing bloggers below who gave their junk mail a second life:

visit each of their amazing projects on the linky below – so many fun ideas! there’s a second linky at the bottom where you can join in the fun and add your own upcycled magazine ideas, too!

add your own ideas here:


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  • jude

    I think these look rather beautiful, and so easy – must have a go . Home-made ornaments are always so much nicer.

  • amy

    I also hate glitter. Maybe we should start a group…

  • Jill @ a mom with a lesson plan

    I also hate glitter! It is the ONLY art supply I say no to, because it is the only one that I know I can’t clean up. Little M has been BEGGING me for the past two days to get out the glitter, and I don’t think she’ll settle for mixing it into the glue this time. (That’s been my glitter trick too.)

    The ornaments are beautiful. I love the glossy, sparkly finish!

  • Melissa @The Chocolate Muffin Tree

    These are really pretty! They will be a great keepsake to put on your tree each year! I love the glitter…we have no fear of loose glitter here!

  • Roopa

    They look very pretty and easy to do too! We need to try it as putti looooves glue:)

  • Laura@art4littlehands

    Those are so pretty. Nice work! I do love how fast modge podge dries.

  • michelle

    These are adorable!! What fun you all must have had! We started ours at night too! hahaha!!!

  • Christie-Childhood 101

    What a great result. I know I am in the minority, but I don’t mind glitter at all :)

  • Mod Podge Amy

    Very cute – love it when kids participate in the Mod Podging!

  • Rachelle | TinkerLab

    I’m in love with this project, jen! I feel like we may be all ornamented out, but maybe, just maybe, we could squeeze this project in before the season is over. Genius idea about the glitter + glue, by the way. I’m doing that next time!

  • Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog

    The are really cute! I love the different shapes (instead of standard globes)! Gotta love those Michael’s coupons. I’ll probably run into you there one of these days!!!