How to make an enchanted birdhouse Christmas ornament using toilet paper rolls! It’s an easy recycling craft that is sure to wow!
Don’t throw away those toilet paper rolls!
I know I have said this before, but toilet paper rolls are crafting gold! They are free! People will collect them for you…if you ask! There are so many ways to use them and today, I’m going to show you how to make an enchanted birdhouse Christmas ornament.
I wanted it to look like it was out of a fairy tale, so I gave it a fun shape, glitter, candy canes and an oversized Christmas light…and of course cute little birds!
5 Toilet Paper Roll Christmas Ornaments
Never underestimate the value of an empty toilet paper roll!
I recently made five toilet paper roll Christmas ornaments and this is one of them.
I also made:
- Red Christmas Flower Ornament
- Christmas Tree Ornament
- Christmas Snowflake Ornament
- Birds on a Log Christmas Ornament
You can find the video showing all of the toilet paper roll ornaments at the end of this post!
5 Reasons You Should Make Recycled or Upcycled Christmas Ornaments?
- It’s great for the environment! Think how many toilet paper rolls will not end up in a landfill if we all made just one toilet paper roll Christmas ornament!
- It’s cheap! If you do any crafting at all, you probably have some glue, glitter, and paint on hand. That is enough to make at least one ornament without any additional expense!
- It’s homemade with love! Seriously, if you go to the trouble to make somebody something out of nothing, you put some love into it!
- Sense of accomplishment! If you take something meant for the trash and turn it into something beautiful, you are going to feel some serious pride about that!
- Nobody needs to know! You could fill up your whole tree with homemade toilet paper roll Christmas ornaments and if you do a good job, nobody will be the wiser! You might even get some amazing compliments.
How To Make An Enchanted Birdhouse Christmas Ornament Supplies
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- Toilet paper roll
- Mod Podge
- Fine green glitter
- Fine red glitter
- Chunky clear glitter
- Hot glue
- Dimensional white paint
- Popsicle stick
- Wire cutters
- Small piece of wire
- A little bit of toilet paper
- Red acrylic paint
- Black permanent marker
- Gray acrylic paint
- Small lightbulb
- Circle cutter (optional)
- Small candy canes
- Round wood piece
- Red berries
Full disclosure: This project is going to feel like a lot of steps, but that is only because I have really, really broken it down. A lot of the steps take very little time, but I wanted to make sure I didn’t skip anything and leave you wondering.
Seriously, in step one, I just flatten the toilet paper roll. It’s barely a step!
Don’t get overwhelmed by the number.
Just like age…it’s just a number!
Step 1: Flatten it
Flatten the toilet paper roll. It just makes it easier to cut. Have you ever tried cutting one straight without flattening it first? Good luck!
Just squish it flat. It won’t make any difference in the end product.
Step 2: Cut it
All you need is for it to be around two inches in width.
Step 3: A Hole
You want to cut a little hole or door into the side of the birdhouse. Press firmly, but you only want to get through the top layer. The birdhouse does not need a back door.
It should look something like this…
Step 4: Cut A Round
Use the leftover piece of toilet paper roll and cut it in half. You can trace around the piece you already have and cut it out. This will serve as the floor for the piece you cut in the previous step.
Step 5: Sprinkle of Glitter
Use Mod Podge and brush it on the walls of the house and the base and sprinkled them with fine green glitter.
Step 6: Cut A Circle
You want to cut out a circle. I broke out my circle cutter. I went as large as the 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper would let me go.
Step 7: Fold And Cut
Once you cut out your circle, fold it twice. That will give you a line to cut. Cut from the edge to the middle. This will allow you to make a messy cone.
Step 8: Roll It
I have shown you How To Make A Cone Out Of Paper before, which is easy. However, I did not do it that way because I want this to have a messy, not perfect look. You’ll see what I mean.
Roll the paper into the shape of a cone. Use hot glue to to keep the shape.
Remember: You are not looking for perfection!
Insert a wire and have it poke through the top of the cone.
You can keep it in place with a dab of hot glue if needed.
Step 10: Cut Fringes
Go around the bottom and cut fringes.
Step 11: Paint It
Use red acrylic paint to paint the cone. Then place it down on wax paper and press it down so the fringes go outward and lay flat on the wax paper.
Use a little bit of toilet paper to cover the wire at the top and make sure you paint it red also. The paint will help it all stick together.
Step 12: Easy Merry Christmas Sign
Paint a popsicle stick gray and wipe off the excess.
Use a black marker to write Merry Christmas.
Cut it down to size and put it aside to dry.
Step 13: Sparkle For The Roof
Use Mod Podge on the cone (roof) and sprinkle with red glitter.
Step 14: Glue It Together
Glue the walls to the base.
Glue the house to the roof.
Step 15: Accessorize
This is the fun part! Glue the sign onto the front of the roof.
Add little candy canes.
Add a little Christmas light and don’t forget the birds!
Step 16: Give It A Base
Glue it onto a little wood round.
Step 17: Add Berries
Trim little berries off a stem and glue them onto the base.
Step 18: Let It Snow!
Add white dimensional paint, which looks great as snow!
Sprinkle clear chunky glitter on the wet paint to give it a frosty look!
That’s it! Now, I’ve shown you How To Make An Enchanted Birdhouse Christmas Ornament!
Look at this cute Christmas ornament you can tuck into the branches of your Christmas tree! Or you can have it sitting on a side table as a unique Christmas decoration.
I’m all for saving time!
I understand that the holidays are hectic and sometimes you can’t fit in your crafting. Luckily, there are some great ornaments that you can order to give you that handmade and down-home Christmas feel!
These are some great alternatives that you can embellish and make better and you don’t have to start from scratch:
If you just want to do some Christmas decorating with some adorable birds, I totally get it! These might just put you in the spirit:
5 Christmas Ornaments Made Out of Toilet Paper Rolls Video!
Okay, back to toilet paper rolls! If you want to see how to make the other toilet paper roll Christmas ornaments, click to see the VIDEO!
Other Christmas Crafts To Try
If you are looking for other fun and easy Christmas crafts, you might want to try the Twig Christmas Wreath, which is both easy, beautiful, and can cross over into other holidays! Whoohoo!
If you want to try your hand at some resin for Christmas, you should check out the Easy Christmas Coasters! TIP: If you add an eye screw, you can turn them into Christmas ornaments!
If you want a quick and easy craft that still allows you to personalize your Christmas decorations, check out the Scrapbook Paper Christmas Trees!
I have so many crafts and Christmas crafts for you to try! Be sure to spend a little time looking around!
Merry Christmas and remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!