Monday, December 26, 2016

3D Paper Christmas Ornament

I hope everyone is enjoying a Christmas coma of sorts on the day after. I have one last Christmas ornament tutorial to share with you. If you follow the blog, you know that I recently got a Silhouette Cameo. I'm still learning how to use it, but I thought I'd share one of the projects I did just before Christmas.

The Silhouette store has been giving away all kinds of holiday designs since Thanksgiving. So I decided to throw a few of them up on the screen and cut them out of some Christmasy scrapbook paper.

The ornaments came out great! They were even easy to peel off of the mat. The other two designs I chose to cut didn't work out as well (one didn't cut all the way through one of the letters and the tree design's cut out didn't look right once it was peeled out). But that's ok, we're here about the ornaments anyway.

If you don't have a cutting machine, any ornament shaped cutout can be turned into a 3D ornament. You just need 4 of the same shapes. Then fold them in half like I did in the photo above.

I hemmed and hawed about what kind of adhesive to use to attach these ornaments together, but decided on some photo squares (double stick tape). I cut them in half to get them small enough and stuck them along the edge and a couple in the center.

You only need to put tape on two of your ornaments.

Then attach half of one of your un-taped ornaments to one side, and the other un-taped one to the other half (as shown above). Then you can take the last ornament (with tape on it) and lay it flat onto these two halves. Then just bend the sides so that your ornament makes 4 nice 90 degree angles and you're set.

I strung it up and hung it on the tree immediately. I can't wait to make more projects like this one in the future. It's so much fun to see the paper come out with the intricate patterns cut on it. But really, you can do this project with any ornament shape--ornate or simple.

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments (Part 2)

On Monday, I showed you all how I used my Cuttlebug machine to cut a whole mess of old Christmas cards into ornament shapes. Of course, you could just punch holes in them and hang them up or use them as gift tags as they are, but I just had to take it a step further and make them double sided and glittery!

I paired up my cut outs as best as I could and punched holes in most of them. I also tried out gluing a silver thread in between the layers on a few--this worked, but was a bit of a pain. After I picked out my two matching halves, I set them on a paper plate and used Mod Podge to glue them together.

I spread the glue on with a foam brush. Be sure to put enough glue on that it can absorb a bit and still have enough glue left that you can put the two halves together and slide them around just a bit, but not so much glue that it comes oozing out as you press the halves together. It may take a bit of practice to figure out how much to use. Some of the cards curled up a bit as they were glued, so after I glued the halves together, I pressed all the edges together carefully and I put them under a case of pop to set up a bit. A few heavy books would be a good option too.

After they dried for a while (left them to dry for about a half an hour), then I used the foam brush to dab more Mod Podge along the edge of the ornament. Then I dipped the ornaments into a bowl full of glitter. 

The larger ornaments were sometimes a bit tricky to get into the bowl, but I found that I could scoop up the glitter and let it fall down the ornament and get them covered.

When I was all done, I had a pile of glittered ornaments. I let these dry for about an hour before I came back and put my finishing coat of glue on them.

To seal the cards and make them stiffer, and most importantly, keep the glitter from shedding, I covered the entire ornament with a layer of Mod Podge. I set all my ornaments on a piece of parchment paper and glued one side, let it dry, and then glued the other side.

These turned out great! Aside from a lot of waiting for glue to dry, this project was fun and easy! Now I'll be keeping a special eye out for Christmas cards that I want to turn into ornaments when I receive them! Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Recycled Christmas Card Ornaments

I'll admit it, I'm a bit of a hoarder. Especially when it comes to stuff I can use for craft projects. I have a couple of boxes full of greetings cards, just waiting to be turned into something. So I dug out some of my old Christmas cards and some ornament shaped dies that I found a Tuesday Morning earlier this year. If you have a die cutting machine, you could use circles, stars, or ornaments to cut out your cards. If you don't have a die cut machine, a mason jar lid or a star template to trace around would be easy options.

I cut out a bunch of different sized ornaments from my cards. I found that it was often easier to run the dies through upside down (A Spacer, C plate, Card, Die, B plate) so I could see what the die was cutting. It worked out fine since the shape was simple and the card stock wasn't difficult to cut.

When I was done, I ended up with a pile of paper ornaments. You could hang these on the tree as is or use the ones without writing on the back as gift tags. I hope to jazz a few up and hang them on the tree, so stay tuned for a post with the finished project.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ornament Round Up Volume 2

A couple years ago, I made a post sharing all of the ornaments that I've made for the craft blog over the years. Since then, I've made several more Christmas ornament projects, so it's time to do another round!

Check out the rest of my ornament posts on the original Ornament Round Up link.

Note: I've been on a bit of a hiatus from crafting due to the end of the semester (this week is finals week) and my grandmother passing away. I'll be back at it next week with a new tutorial!