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« on: December 22, 2010 04:59:41 PM »

This year I thought I'd make an ornament from recycled materials I had an abundance of. So I had juice can lids, straws, old Christmas cards, paper ream banding ribbons, burnt out christmas light bulbs, and some little bits of ribbon.
It was great for a Christmas card/ small gift for giving out to people. I hope they liked them.

This is the materials used:

This is the card backside that opens up with a little note:

Merry Christmas!  

I know Christmas is over, but now it's a quiet time to post a few pics
on how these are done...

-The ribbon was this width, so to make a little cone-shape, I wrapped it around my finger to find that each piece needed to be this length. - Make 10 for each one.

-Glue them edge to edge to make like a flower.
It will look like it can't lay flat - don't worry, it will.

-I had scrapped several mini light sets of Christmas lights because the bulbs were all burnt out (just twist them, and they come right out) Trim off any little wires with wire cutters.
-Hot-glue them to an old piece of cardboard and spray-paint them red. It took a couple of days to dry properly because it's winter here.
When dry, just pick em off (or run your hand across them & they all lay down- easy!) and pick the old glue blob off

Here's a picture of each step:

-Glue a ribbon loop on (use hi-temp hot glue here).
-Glue on the ribbon flower from above (use hi-temp hot glue here).
-Glue on a pom-pom/jingle bell in middle.
-Glue a little lightbulb inside each "cone" (use hi-temp hot glue here). -Cut a straw into small pieces that are long enough to cover each "cone's" seam (aprox 1" or 2.5cm).
-Glue them, then trim each straw at an angle so they have a pointy tip (use lo-temp hot glue here).
-Glue sequins around the top edge of each "cone" (use lo-temp hot glue here)
Tip:to pick up a sequin easily, use a NEW pencil with a NEW eraser - moisten the eraser with a damp sponge...or your tongue! Put a blob of glue on the "cone" first, then apply the sequin - easy!

To Do The Back:
-Use a protractor to draw the right size circle that will fit into the recessed edge of the metal lid.
-Once you cut the right-sized circle of paper, make 2 templates-1 of thin cardboard (cereal/cracker box) 1 of thin,see-thru rigid plastic (cookie/toy package)
-Use the see-thru template to find the "perfect image" from your old Christmas cards. Cut out your circle picture
Tip:write your message on this before gluing it

-Take a little remanant of ribbon (this will make a hinge) and hot glue half of it to the top back of your circle picture the other half hot glue to the juice can lid (use hi-temp glue here)
-Use the cardboard template, make 1 paper circle and glue to lid (use hi-temp glue here)

Have An Awesome Day!

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010 05:28:35 PM »

you are ingenious! this is a gift of epic proportions. I may just copy you for a few 'last minute' gifts. lol.
beautiful. =]

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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010 08:49:17 PM »

Very cute!  Clever way of using it for an ornament/card....something recipient can cherish for years to come.  Especially if given by grandchild to a grandparent....child to parent....well you get the idea.

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2010 02:43:49 AM »

want to how how you do it please

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« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2010 12:41:37 PM »

I love it! Anyway to reuse things is just peachy in my book. I would love to get one of those on a present!!!! Hitting this rocks.

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« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2010 08:18:46 PM »

I'm doing another batch of about 20, so I'll take some pics during the process. Unless you plan on making several at once, it's a lot of work for making just one.
Keep ya posted...Merry Christmas!

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