Making Christmas ornaments can be fun and inexpensive, and if you're the type that likes to recycle, you can make ornaments from a variety of objects. Making ornaments form cardboard, however, may not have crossed your mind – but you can make fabulous ornaments from cardboard and here's how.
Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Roll Garlands
Those cardboard rolls in the center of a roll of toilet paper or paper towels can be great for making chain-link style garland. Simply lay them flat and cut them into sections (keeping them closed by not cutting them down the center) and spray paint the smaller ones (made from the toilet paper rolls) green. Then, spray paint the larger ones (made from the towel rolls) red. Sprinkle them with glitter and allow them to dry. Then, snip the smaller pieces open and link them through the larger pieces, taping them closed again, to form a chain that can be used as garland.
Cookie Cutter Shapes
Use cookie cutters to trace shapes onto an old cardboard box and cut them out. Paint each one and decorate them with ribbons, buttons, seashells, pebbles and any other items you can find to make them pop and standout. The 3-D items will make the cardboard look like wooden pieces and not simply cardboard. Place a hook through the top to hang on the tree.
Every snowflake is different, and each Christmas tree is unique, too. Make your tree even more special by making snowflakes out of thin pieces of cardboard. Spray paint them white and decorate them with glitter. This technique will make the snowflakes look flashy and sophisticated, and not like plain old cardboard. Sprinkle a couple of these throughout your tree for added effect
You can even make a fantastic topper from cardboard if you find a sturdy and large enough piece of cardboard. Draw a large bow, cut it out of the cardboard, spray paint it any color you choose and then decorate it with actual ribbon and drape pieces of ribbon down the tree to make the whole thing look lush and full. Using wired ribbon will help bend the ribbon to the shape you desire.