I was originally inspired by this ornament from Mandy at Little Birdie Secrets back in 2011. Her ornament was featured by blogger Stephanie Lyn from Under the Table & Dreaming. You can see Mandy's original post and tutorial here.
|Photo courtesy of By Stephanie Lynn|
I put as many old requisition forms, IEP's, blank report cards, et al as I could find around my office through the shredder and came up with this. (OK, I admit that, being a bit of a type A, I went through my shreds to pick out those that might give the retiree a laugh when he or she looked closely.)
Then I went to Michael's and picked up some of these fillable ornament balls. They're very inexpensive and can be purchased in 6 packs at almost any craft store or online. They come in glass or plastic; I prefer the glass ones.
|Photo courtesy of Michael's.com|
You simply pull off the top and fill the ornament with the shredded forms (curling them around a pencil if you want), add a ribbon and you're good to go. I like using school or company logo colors for the ribbon.
|photo courtesy of Jess at Practically Functional|
Since I gave all of mine away and forgot to keep one to photograph (silly blogger mistake!) I am borrowing this photo from Dr. Karen's blog to give you the idea.
If you have an up-coming graduation instead of a retirement, you'll love this Graduation Tassel Ornament tutorial from Karen at Sew Many Ways. (I love her tutorials.) It was seeing this on Karen's blog yesterday that encouraged me to post my "retirement balls" idea. I had almost forgotten all about them!
|Photo from Sew Many Ways|
We're all bogged down with so much paperwork today that this simple idea could work in any profession . . . medicine, insurance, retail or office . . . in addition to education. Here's your chance to recycle those old files and create a gift at the same time!
This post is happily linked to:
What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration Party at My Salvaged Treasures
Share Your Style at Common Ground