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.

easy to make christmas decorations baubles step 5
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.

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