December 1, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Ornaments Day #1!

Hi Everyone! Today embarks something special for the Holiday Season. I will be showcasing the "12 Days of Christmas Ornaments". For 12 straight days and I will have a different ornament for you to view. Some I will have tutorials to show you how to create your own while others, being fairly easy will have photo's.

Let's start out Day #1 with this cute little ornament:

This ornament is fairly simple to create and is a great way to use up those scraps of designer paper. As you can see from the photo below, the designer paper has 2 patterns and depending on how you turn the ornament, you'll see both patterns:

Here are the measurements of each strip so you can create your own. I used the Snow Festival Designer Paper for my ornament. You will need 2 strips of each each size as follows:
  • 1/2" x 4" (2)
  • 1/2" x 4 1/2" (2)
  • 1/2" x 4 3/4" (2)
  • 1/2" x 5" (2)
  • 1/2" x 5 1/4" (2)
If you want your ornament to look like mine, I also cut out (4) of the flower from the Punch Pack using Silver Glimmer Paper:

Using the (2) shortest pieces, glue them back to back, making sure the same pattern is on the outside of each side:

My glued section sits in the center of all my strips below. I arranged them from the center-smallest to largest-as this is how you will be assembling your ornament:

Grab the doubled-up center piece and stack one strip of each size on top of the center piece, making sure the pattern of your DSP is facing in the same direction as you pile them on top of each other. Repeat this step by adding the DSP strips on the other side of your center piece. Make sure the edges on one end are all even at the bottom. Using a hand-held punch, punch a small hole about 1/2" from the edge:

Add a Mini Brad and secure in place:

Using Craft & Rubber Scissors, cut off the legs of the brad so that they don't overhang on the edges of your DSP:

Now grab the opposite ends and push them up until the ends are all even. Pinch the strips on the end so that they stay even and use your punch to punch a 2nd small hole. Add another brad at this end and cut the legs off as you did on the first end:

This is what your ornament should look like:

Using Mini Glue Dots, glue a flower in place on each side of both ends to cover the brad's legs and head:

Using Baker's Twine, cut a piece about 5" long and thread through the inner legs of your ornament as shown and tie a knot. Trim close to the knot:

Pull the Bakers Twine so that the knot is hidden inside the DSP strips:

We will now prepare (2) little boxes to secure our center pieces. Cut (2) pieces of DSP 1/4" x 1 1/4", Score each piece at 1/4", 1/2", 3/4" and 1".

Fold on all score lines. Using Tombow Multipurpose Glue. Form into a box by layering and glue the last flap to secure the box. Do this for both pieces as shown below:

Add Tombow Multipurpose Glue to one side of each box:

Position each box on each side of your center piece as shown to glue in the center. Press in place and hold for a few minutes:

Add a Stampin' Dimensional on the top of each box, on both sides:

Cut (2) using Silver Glimmer Paper and the  1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch. Remove backing from the Stampin' Dimensionals and press one scallop on each side.

Cut (2) using the same designer paper and the 1/2" Circle Punch. Add a Rhinestone Jewel to the center of each circle and glue the circle to the center of each scallop using a Stampin' Dimensional:

This is a photo of the ornament sitting on one of our evergreen trees in our back yard. Isn't it adorable. Come back tomorrow for Day #2 of my 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
  • Tools:1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Punch Pack, Mini Glue Dots, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Cutter, Hand-held Punch
  • Accessories: Baker's Twine, Rhinestone Jewels, Mini  Brads
  • DSP:Silver Glimmer Paper, Snow Festival

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