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It’s the Modern Kiddo ornament party! Featuring pilgrim of draw*pilgrim!!

When I was in elementary school, we learned how to make crafty ornaments from recycled Christmas cards! You would cut circle shapes out of your old cards, score them in triangular thirds and then glue them together to make a fun-n-festive sphere to hang on the tree.


image: cathie filian

They take a little bit of time, but they look pretty darn cute:

You can even embellish with a bit of glitter when you’re done or try cutting your circles with a scalloped edge like Martha did. You can find a great tutorial on how to do these at Junk Mail Gems.


image: martha stewart 2009

For today’s fun Kiddo Ornament, the brilliant Pilgrim (of the magnificent Draw! Pilgrim) came up with a modified version that is both cute and completely simple for little fingers to put together.

Unlike the traditional triangle fold, this ornament uses a much easier square fold. Simply print out your Modern Kiddo-themed ornament on card stock. If you don’t have card stock handy, you can print on regular printer paper and used a glue stick to glue the entire sheet to another piece of paper to make it a bit thicker—you could use wrapping paper, construction paper, whatever you like!

Next cut out each circle separately—you will have six of them. Carefully fold the red-portion of the design up (towards the center) so it is at a 90 degree angle. Using a glue stick, attach the red flap of one circle to the flap of another until you have made a 6-sided cube.

Use a hole-punch on the top and thread a piece of ribbon through to hang your ornament. Easy peasy! Of course, feel free to let the kiddos embellish with glitter.

Adorable! The amazing Pilgrim is not only a supremely talented artist (mark my words, she’s going to be the next Orla Kiely some day!) but she is also a terrific mum. Here’s her charming little lad Donovan:

What a cutie! Thank you SO much Pilgrim. Also, please be sure to stop by Pilgrim’s Etsy shop and blog—her whimsical, vintage inspired style is sure to make you smile from ear to ear!

While you’re at it, add her on Twitter too! She is as clever as she is talented!

Pilgrim, thank you ever so much for this delightful ornament! We heart you big time!

Download your exclusive modern kiddo ornament template right here.

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  1. danielle thompson says

    AAHH!! i love both of these! 😀 super cute!

  2. kristin says

    As always- cute, cute, cute. Love ’em!

  3. Dottie says

    These are truly genius! I love that you can take the easy route or the more craftastic one. both are amazing and Pilgrim is a love to make them.

    Three cheers for Pilgrim!!!

  4. Mark says

    Ornaments can be fun. Just make sure you use glue sticks because they are safe for kids and generally hold for a long time.

Continuing the Discussion

  1. It’s the Modern Kiddo Ornament Party! Featuring danielle of kitschy digitals!! – Modern Kiddo linked to this post on December 23, 2010

    […] Hello friends! EEK! We are sooooo close to Christmas!! I hope you are enjoying our little Modern Kiddo ornament party, I know I am!! So far we’ve had two fabulous ornaments from two extremely talented friends of the kiddo, Kristin (of klt:works) and Pilgrim (of draw*pilgrim). If you are a long time reader you know how much I love both of those ladies and I was so honored they took part in our Ornament Party! You can find their adorable creations here and here. […]

  2. Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String. – Modern Kiddo linked to this post on December 23, 2010

    […] These are pretty cool….i love the spheres. The ones on the far right are totally like Pilgrim’s ornament! […]



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