I have seen some beautiful ideas on the creative and vintage blogs I follow for filling the clear glass ornaments that are available at craft stores this time of year. My favorites all feature narrow strips of paper, rolled and fed into the ornament so scattered bits and pieces of the images show. I have seen beautiful ornaments filled with vintage paper, old song sheets and even a wedding invitation. I wanted my version to be a keepsake ornament that I could make with my kids. I wanted their doodles to be the images that would be featured in the ornament. I cut long thin strips of scrapbook paper and let the kids write their names and doodle and draw on the back (white side). I then had the kids curl the strips around a pencil (to help the paper along with it's job of circling inside the ornament). Then the kids fed each strip of paper into the glass balls.
For additional color and texture, you can glue ribbon to the backside of one of the scrapbook strips and the firmness of the paper will help the ribbon to hold a curled shape inside the globe. The kids also punched out stars and christmas tree shapes that were small enough to fit inside. The ornament can hold quite a few strips, so this will be an "ongoing" project this week to keep the kids busy. Each is making their own keepsake ornament for our tree and then will decorate additional strips to be combined into one ornament for the grandparents.