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« on: December 21, 2016 08:11:10 AM »

I've been making these easy holiday ornaments for a few years now and finally got around to taking pics of the process. I make them for gifts, for craft fairs, and just to have around for a quick thank you gift.



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Decorative paper. Scrapbook paper is perfect, you can cut into 3 X 12 inch or 4 x 12 inch strips with no loss of paper. You do need to have paper that is 11 to 12 inches long. I have also glued wrapping paper and music scsores to a backing paper to have heavier paper to work with.
Scoring board or ruler and a scoring tool or something like a dull knife
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Paper cutter or Exacto knife
Buttons, ribbon, glitter, distressing ink as embellishments.

-I cut the paper to size. A 3 x 12 inch strip will give you a 3 inch ornament.
-Score the paper at 1/2 inch intervals. Test to see if scoring on the back or front of the paper works best. Scrapbook paper tends to crack, and scoring on the front seems to help. Don't press too hard, you may tear the paper.
-I use a scoring board...one of the best investments I have made. It also includes a diagonal for creating envelopes.
-Or use your ruler to mark 1/2 inch intervals and use a straight edge and dull knife or scoring tool to create the scores.
-Score down the center of the length.



-Fold in a fan fashion starting with a mountain fold, use your scoring tool or a flat edge to smooth the folds. Also fold in half lengthwise, then unfold. This is a good time to use distressing ink to give an aged look, or add glitter, or spritz with a mist of color.



-Fold the fan up and tie a string, floss, or florist wire, at the center. Keep it tight. Now fan out the folds and glue the edges together. I use binder clips to hold until the glue dries. Try to glue just the edges, but there will be some pull on these edges, so be thorough.





-When the glue dries, add embellishments. I take a big needle and embroidery floss and poke right through the paper in the center to sew on buttons, add lace or ribbon rosettes, and other do-dads. Tying a ribbon bow at the center works too. See below for another variation.
-Punch a hole or use your needle to add a hanging thread. Or use as bows on presents or make a garland!




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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2016 09:16:21 AM »

nice tut, thank you!

I especially love the music paper ones. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2016 10:53:00 AM »

Thanks for the instructions - will try some tonight!
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2016 12:34:31 PM »

You always have the best tutorials!
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2016 01:06:15 PM »

Oh, thanks for the tutorial. I really admired those sheet music ornaments in our swap. Beautiful. I'll have to try some with the kids. I've been making envelops from scrap booking paper and the left over strip is just about this size!
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017 06:47:36 AM »

Great ornaments. 
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