I used this great Christmas wrapping paper which I found at Michael's a few weeks ago (in the dollar bin, no less). I love a good bargain! The small scale leopard print covers the ends and the larger scale botanical print covers the body of the tube. A thin ribbon forms the hanger. The craft tubes are available in a 24 pack at Hobby Lobby but you could also recycle toilet paper rolls.
Just a little tip as you assemble these: I think using the scrapbook adhesive is easier (and a lot less messy) than using the glue gun. Here's the type of adhesive I used (and always keep on hand). Hobby Lobby generally has a 40-50% off coupon out there so you can save a little money too. It also works great for gift wrapping.
As I was assembling these "ornaments" for my tree and then taking pictures for the blog, I thought of some other great uses for this fun papercraft:
The decorated craft tube would also be great as a festive "place card" for a Christmas gathering, birthday dinner, or New Year's Eve dinner party. You could just add a tag with each guest's name. To make it even more festive, you could actually hide a "surprise" in one of the tubes for one lucky winner. You'd need to change the end where hanger/loop is so it tears open versus the ribbon just pulling out of hole. Tieing the ribbon to a small washer would tear the paper to reveal the hidden surprise.
Twelve Days of Christmas Calendar
I'm also thinking of adding these to our family tree as a "12 Days of Christmas" Advent Calendar. I would fill each of them with a couple of treats for our two boys (who are 13 and 10). They still look forward to the Christmas Elf leaving a treat each day. I would also add a Bible verse or instruction to perform a Random Act of Christmas Kindness in each tube. It gives us an excellent way to remind the boys of the true meaning of the season.
Here are a few more pictures of the Craft Tube Ornaments:
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born king.
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinner reconciled!