Ok, I'm not very good at descriptions, but I'll do my best here. I am going to make another one and take pictures as I do it. Then I can put up a good tute.
For now, try this. I found pages with lots of color and not too many words. You can use whatever you like as long as it is five inches square or bigger. I used an old cd to make circles. Draw and cut out 14 circles. Fold each one in quarters to find the center point. We stacked all of the circles together and stuck a straight pin through the middles. You need this hole later.
Then we cut all of the pieces at the same time. It saves some time to do it this way, but you can cut each one if you like. Paper clip all of the pieces together. Cut the pieces into eighths, stopping about 1/2 in from the center. Then take a sharpened pencil and fold the sections around the pencil point to make a cone. Put a little dab of glue (we used tacky glue) on the edge of each piece to hold it together. This takes some practice and a little patience. Once you get started, it gets easier. When you are finished, you should have eight cone shaped points on each piece of paper.
Turn the pieces of paper so that you have seven pieces face down (looking down on it you should see the inside), and seven pieces face up. Thread a needle with heavy thread or dental floss. Take a fat rubber band and cut sections out of it to make a square piece of rubber. You need two, one for the top and one for the bottom. Thread your needle and put a knot in the end of the thread. Put one of the rubber band pieces on the thread and push it up against the knot.
Starting with the face down pieces, thread all of the pieces of paper onto the needle and sort of push them down a little but don't scrunch them. After all the paper is on, put on the other rubber band piece. This is where the fun comes in. You want to push down until the quills pop round. If you have tweezers, use them to push on the rubber band until it is snug. The rubber bands hold everything in place and you have a starburst ornament. Then make a loop on the end of the thread and hang your ornament.
I'll be happy to answer any questions. I hope this make some kind of sense. I'm going to work on the tutorial in the meantime.
The kids and I play Christmas music from Thanksgiving till New Years along with watching Christmas movies.
Because I sell much of what I make and my Christmas shows start the first weekend in November, I start listening to Christmas music in October, just to get myself in the mood to make toys for kids. By the end of the season I'm usually ready to put it away until the next season comes around. As for movies, I don't get much time for them, but nothing beats the Miracle on 34th Street.
No, I've had too many other projects to finish before winter gets here. The garden to tidy up, planted garlic. Have nearly finished my storage shed. And trying to get ready for Christmas shows. It's probably going to be spring before I get back to the cart. I'm still wanting to work on the little horse cart that I found in the creek.
I do many shows and I usually base my pricing on a formula. whatever it costs for your product, multiply that times four and that's your price. Of course, you also have to factor in overhead costs. I use a flat ten percent for that. So the formula looks like this: cost of item times 1.10 to get factored cost. Then take that times four for your actual sale price. If it costs one dollar for supplies, take that times 1.10=$1.10, then take that time four=$4.40 for the sale price of the item. Does this make sense?