Friday, December 4, 2009

Tis The Season for Homemade Ornaments

Some would say I stress out too much over the holidays by making so many homemade gifts. Admittedly, it does get a little pressing as December 24th - our first family gathering - draws near. I sleep little and craft late into the night, but it is all a part of the season for me. I love making homemade gifts, and I know the recipients are especially happy to receive them.

I found an easy to cover paper mache ornament at Michaels this year. In fact, I recently returned to buy every single one of this, and another similar shape, remaining in stock. Now that I have triangle templates it will be pretty easy to make more, and plan to give them as teacher appreciations. I also hope to offer some for a silent auction this coming year.

Below are instructions should you be able to locate some of these ornaments, or a similar shape.

How To:

1. Purchase paper mache’ ornament from Michaels, and create a triangle template by placing ornament onto scrap paper, and tracing around shape with a pencil. Cut inside the lines, trimming off excess until you obtain a triangle that fits both the top and bottom triangles of the ornament precisely. Once the template is made, use to trace shapes onto papers of choice.

2. Cut triangles from patterned paper, ink edges, and adhere with glue.

3. Coat papers with sparkle medium if desired.
If you prefer grunge or vintage ornaments you may wish to omit this step, and instead, keep the inked edges and grunge it up a bit more.

4. To bling the buttons press each face down onto a Versamark embossing ink pad, and then press into embossing powder lid filled with powder. Tap off excess and heat set. Use paper piercer to keep from burning fingers.

5. Thread sheer, sparkling ribbon through buttons and position onto ornament as shown.
6. Tie ribbon around top if desired.
7. Push hat pin into bottom, adding beads as desired.

BoBunny Supplies Used:
Tis the Season Treasure, Yuletide, Stripe patterned papers, Buttons and Bling
Wildberry Double Dot ribbon
Offray sheer ribbon
Making Memories hat pin
Unknown – pearl beads, foil snowflakes

Paper mache ornament from Michaels
Mod Podge Sparkle
Embossing Powder – Ranger poly sparkle
Versamark embossing ink pad
Ink: Colorbox Fluid chalk ink

This is a pretty simple project that even the kids can get in on. I know our daughter especially likes to help in making Christmas gifts. It's a special time of the year - and if you find your self very busy, look for ways to get your family involved so they are feeling a part as well. Happy creating!

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