Handmade Paper Christmas Tree Ornaments

Who said Christmas tree ornaments have to be expensive or complicated?

At a December 13, 2015 visit to Henry Shaw's country home in St. Louis, one of the Christmas trees reminded me that ornaments can be as simple as hand-decorated papers on a string.

Shaw was the founder of the Missouri Botanical Garden. His country home is on the Garden grounds and is open for tours during the annual Garden Glow event where lights form a magical wonderland.

These handmade ornaments reminded me of some of the children's artwork we have printed on fabric to make custom kid's artwork quilts.

 Handmade Christmas tree cat ornament at Henry Shaw's home at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Handmade Christmas tree cat ornament at Henry Shaw's home at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Although I like the idea of the round paper ornaments, not all of them have to be round.

 The square handmade Christmas tree ornaments were just as charming.

The square handmade Christmas tree ornaments were just as charming.

All together, the collection of handmade Christmas tree ornaments had a charming effect.

 One of the Christmas trees with handmade ornaments at Missouri Botanical Garden.

One of the Christmas trees with handmade ornaments at Missouri Botanical Garden.

Wouldn't this make a great project for kids out of school over the holidays?

Don't forget to sign and date them, these unique ornaments are little works of art!

Charlotte