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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 ne

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

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 wri

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! Shrinky Dink Snowflakes Popsicle Stick Starbursts Button Snowflakes Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees Dremel Engraved Plastic Ornaments Milk Jug Ornaments 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!