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Sunday, December 10, 2017

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I am obsessed with ephemera!
Especially around the holidays.
How about another paper project?
Old papers, cards and letters are so beautiful. Here is a short tutorial on how-to make one of my favorite paper ornaments. It is a nod to the past...
 
 
1. Start by finding some old cards. You can make copies of some of your favorites or use clip art if you don't want to cut up old original images.
2. Then find a circle template that is 2 to 3 inches in diameter. I used a juice glass as you can see in the image below.
3. Now cut out the circles. Each ornament requires 6 circles of the same diameter.

 
4. Now fold each circle as to create a square shape in the center of the circle. (See image below.)
5. Make a 3 inch ribbon loop (cut the ribbon into 8 inch pieces for a 3 inch loop). This will be the hook used to hang the ornament.
6. To assemble the ornament, use paper glue (a glue stick works well), glue the folded edges together to create a cube.
Remember to tuck the ribbon loop into the cube before the final panel is glued into place.

 
I like to assemble a lot of these little beauties at one time. I hang them on my tree, on garlands and on gift boxes. They also make lovely favors for dinner pary guests. 


 
For a special treat for kids, you can hide little treats or money in each ornament. Then let the kiddos tear into them!

 
Feel free to copy the images below to get you started!
 

 
For those of you who follow my magazine articles, you might remember seeing versions of this idea! It was featured in Romantic Homes and Flea Market Decor magazines. Thank you for supporting me throughout the years!!!

 
This is a great project to get you into the holiday spirit. Maybe you can throw a kids (or adults) holiday crafting party! Frost sugar cookies and assemble ornaments. Don't forget to invite me too...it sounds like fun!
Enjoy.
 
 


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