Saturday, 10 December 2011

Christmas Ornaments

make christmas ornaments

Looking for Christmas ornaments to decorate your tree with this Christmas?

The method is pretty simple....... as befitting a page on easy to make Christmas ornaments!

Gather your materials...
  • Colourful paper or card
  • A pencil
  • Something circular to trace around (e.g. a glass)
  • Scissors
  • Some mini glue dots , or glue, or double sided tape
  • Craft wire (florist wire will do) or a stapler
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Step 1

Use your glass and pencil to draw 12 circles onto your paper and cut them out. I'll use three different colours, but you can use as many or as few as you like.
Paper that has diferent colours on the back and front gives a nice effect, if you can find some.

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Step 2

Fold all the circles in half and stack them on top of each other.

For the obsessive compulsive, here are some tips for getting a symmetric-looking colour distribution on the final bauble:

If using 3 colours A B C, then stack them in the order ABBCCAABBCCA.

If using 2 colours A B, then stack them in the order ABBAABBAABBA.

If using a single type of card, but double sided, then alternate "heads up" and "tails up".
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Step 3

Wrap a lenth of wire all the way around the stack, so that it runs along the fold. Twist the ends together to secure. You can just see the wire in this photo - it's the thin black line down the middle.
If you don't have wire, you can also just staple the stack together, once at the top and once at the bottom, so that the staple sits right on the fold. 

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Step 4

Stick a glue dot onto a circle, about 1/3 of the way from the bottom. The dot is hard to see, so I'm pointing to it with a pencil. Fold the facing flaps together and press to secure the bond.
If you don't have glue dots, you can use double sided tape or a bit of glue. I prefer not to use regular glue, because it can warp the paper.

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Step 5

On the next circle along, stick a glue dot about 1/3 of the way from the top. Continue like this all the way around, alternating high and low glue dots.

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Step 6

Once you've glued all the adjacent flaps together, this is what the finished bauble looks like from the top and from the side.

Now you can attach a ribbon and hang it your Christmas tree. Or give it as a gift for someone else to hang on their tree.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Paper Snowflakes

Since it is December, finally, and Christmas things are justified, I am going to show you how to make them. You can use snowflakes as Christmas decorations ever since, one way or the other.

You will need:
PaperNow here's the good time to go through your paper recycling bag and find the white printer paper that is only a bit used. The size you need your paper to be is quarter of A4. It will leave your snowflakes about 10cm in diameter.

These bigger snowflakes can go on windows later and they will look very nice. :)

Take your pre-cut paper and lay it on the table.
Fold it in half (shorter sides together) and turn 180 degrees so that open ends are at the bottom.
Fold the left top corner over to the right corner and press down make a little fold for the middle. Do not fold the entire length.
Now for the tricky bit: Judging by eye, fold the right corner down by a third. It helps a bit if you place your left thumb on the little fold you just made. Don't worry if you don't get it immediately. Practice makes perfect! :) Turn over.
Now fold down the other corner (right one again), lining the corner up with the fold you just made.
Fold the whole thing in half and turn 180 degrees. That is what your snowflake template should look like. Can you see the the lines in the middle? This is where you have to cut off the top, and your snowflake template is ready!
Your snowflake should look like this. Discard the top and you are ready for the fun bit!
You can cut any design you like into your snowflake, but I have found that triangles work the best - they are easy to cut, just straight lines crossing, and the result looks realistic.
Another double triangle...        And if we open it up... it will look like this. Maybe not the best I     
                                                   have made, but definitely all right.
If you wish, you can use these designs. They will end up looking like this.You'll never know what they're going to be like, and sometimes relatively simple-looking design can make a surprising result! 

Happy snowfall!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Craft Coardboard Stars

Things You will need:

- empty toilet paper rolls (each roll makes about one star)
- glue, or the liquid variety
- clothes pins
-spray paint

1. Cut the toilet paper roll into 3/4 inch "rings" (see photo beside).

You should be able to get or 6 rings (the almost look like leaves or petals from a flower)

2. Dab some glue on the tip of the ring as such and adhere it to another ring.

3. Use a clothes pin to help them dry and stay together.

4. Do this all the way around until you have your desired shape (5 rings make a star and 6 make a flower). Let dry completely.

Make several stars and let them dry completely,before go on to the next step...

5. Spray paint each one in whatever color you desire...I chose white.

6. Sprinkle it with glitter lay it out on wax paper or somewhere clean, cool, and dry and let dry for an hour.

7. Grab a cup of iced coffee, relax, and marvel at how crafty you are!

These gorgeous stars are fairly simple to make and have a definite "wow" factor! 
I'm using mine to make a beautiful addition to any Christmas Tree and I'm sure you crafty ladies out there can imagine other fantastic uses for them!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Accordion Fold Book Page Ornament

Materials Needed:

Card Stock

Book Pages or Scrapbooking Paper

Your Choice of Embellishments

Laying a sheet of cardstock horizontal, cut two 2 inch strips and fold each strip 'accordion' style.

From recycled book pages {or scrapbooking paper} cut two additional strips, 1 1/2 inches wide and fold both 'accordion' style.

Connect the edges of the cardstock strips together at each end to form a circle, gluing in place. I like to use Gorilla Super Glue for gluing in small spaces as it dries super quick, holds very well, and doesn't burn my fingertips! Connect the book page folds the same way, creating a second circle.

Cut two circles from your cardstock using a 1 1/2 inch scrapbooking punch {or cut by hand}. Hot glue one circle onto the center of the book page circle.

Cut a strip of ribbon for the hanger. The second circle gets hot glued onto the back of the cardstock circle along with your looped ribbon for hanging. Hot Glue the book page circle to the front of the cardstock circle.

Now you are ready to embellish the center as you please ~ You can really get creative! I used a wooden cut heart {you can find at your local craft store for about 20 cents}. I used more Gorilla Super Glue to coat the heart then sprinkled on PK Glitter Glitz in Silver. The Gorilla Super Glue dries hard and adheres the glitter very well; not trailing glitter everywhere!

All of the ornament tutorials featured are very basic and allow you to create them to your own personal taste and style ~ be creative and have fun! Enjoy!

Monday, 5 December 2011

How to make recycled paper flowers

Use them to decorate gifts or make wreaths.
You can make template pieces to trace around and then cut out the shapes with a scissors. It took about fifteen seconds to cut the parts for one flower. 

If you'd like to download the PDF templates, get the large flower here and the small flower here

To make the flowers, do the following:

1. Score the back of each petal along the lines shown in pencil, above. 

2. Pleat the petals along the scored lines, always folding in the same direction.

3. Fold the triangle portion of the stem in half lengthwise. Do this two more times until it reminds you of a toothpick.

4. Using a chopstick or skewer, roll the "flag" portion of the stem toward the "toothpick." This curl will form the center of the flower.

5. Curl the ends of each petal backward to give them shape.

6. With a skewer or sharp pencil, poke a hole in the center of each flower piece. 

7.Thread the pieces onto the stem, from smallest to largest. Finished!

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Origami Triangle Box

Origami Triangle Box

For the origami triangle box, you will need 3 smallish pieces of square paper. They can be one sided, as the white side ends up being hidden.

Instructions Of Triangle Box

1. Start with a square piece of paper, plain side up.Fold the paper in half.2. Fold the top corners toward the bottom point, then open to create these creases.3. Fold both layers of the bottom point up to the top of the model, then open.

4. This is one completed unit, You need three. So make 2 more of these!5. Insert one unit inside the other,
Completed Triangle Box!