Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Ornies: A How To...

Good Evening Everybody!

I've been hanging in the studio as of late.  Doing what?  Preparations for Christmas of course!   It's what I do!  You by now know that I love Christmas and I start EARLY...The magic of Christmas....It makes me happy! 

This year, I thought I would do a tree in my bedroom that was pretty much all handmade ornaments.  Traditionally, it's usually my red and white tree, but this year I wanted to change it up a bit. ...Vintage/Victorian tree.....As I was making ornaments this weekend, I thought, WAIT! Someone might be interested in making some ornaments this year too....For gifts or for their own décor...So, I thought over the next few weeks, I would share some ornament making tuts in hopes to share the Christmas spirit!

Tonight, I will start with a VERY FAST and EASY ornament.  The.Paper Accordion Pleated Ornament...


Step 1:
Take really any size piece of paper.  I used a 6 x 9-inch piece of book paper.   Pleat the paper back and forth about 1/2- inch.

 
 
Step 2:
 
Fold the pleated paper in half and cut into (2) pieces.
 

 


Step 3:  Place the papers together and staple in the middle.  I used Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher for this.


 
Step 4:
 
Fold the papers in half again and glue all open sides to each other forming a circle...
 


 
Step 5:
Punch out a decorative center and adhere to the middle of your round paper piece.  I used a snowflake.
 

 


Step 6:
 
Add a decorative element to the center of the punched piece.  Bling, buttons, brads, etc.  Just something to dress it up a bit.


 
Step 7:
 
Last, add some floss or string with a needle to the top to hang on the tree.  Voila....A Vintage Inspired Paper Ornament.
 
 
 
See...Easy!  Give it a try!   Add some glitter, a favorite button or an old broach... Punch the edges with a decorative punch....The ideas are endless...
 
Thanks for coming by!
 
Jim
The Gentleman Crafter
 
 





15 comments:

  1. Looks so easy, I think I will give it a try.

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  2. Thank you for thinking of us and sharing, too!

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  3. Wow, you weren't kidding! That is easy! Guess what I am doing with the kids this afternoon?

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  4. Oh, this would be a great kids' activity..Love that your bedroom is Christmassy too!! Love anyone who has a "childlike" attitude to life!Looking forward to more of those decorations.

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  5. Oh my these are beautiful Jim...These look easy enough for me to do....Thank you for sharing...cant wait to see what other Christmas projects you are making....

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  6. I love simple! I love easy!! So, hey, I love this idea! They will look great on anything. Even stacking them over a skewer to make a layered Christmas tree, in diff colors and sizes.
    hugs, Patty
    Would love for you to check out my blog:
    http://rosetresuresblog.blogspot.com

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  7. Love these with the book paper. Really, easy peasy. Thanks for showing us how. These would be great on presents.

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  8. These are so pretty. They would be great on a tag or card. So many options:).

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  9. Super easy and super cool! Love what you've done! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. So much fun! I have 3 large dictionaries looking to be torn into! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Oh....think the kids might like this,when they come! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. These look really fun and easy! TFS!

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  14. What a good idea! For gifts, you could use acid-free book pages (So the ornaments will last) and use a tiny special photo as the centerpiece. Great for Grandmas!

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  15. Hi Jim, beautiful.
    Similar you can make an angel:
    http://www.ndr.de/fernsehen/sendungen/meinschoenesland/tipps/weihnachtsengel107.html
    That was my last year favorite.

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