Monday, December 19, 2011

Quick & Pretty Ornament Idea

I made some ornaments for family & friends that I wanted to share with you.  The pictures aren't great, but they are easy & fun to do.  I didn't take pictures while I did these so I will have to do that for the next one I make.  Here are the instructions... 

What You Need:
Plastic Snowflakes already glittered
1 1/4 circle punch or template
punches of choice
ink pad
sealer spray
glue gun or tacky glue

I used snowflakes from Walmart, but they are at the dollar store & many other places.  I chose a picture I wanted for the center & printed it on matte photo paper.  I punched out the picture with a 1 1/2 circle punch.  You can also use a template & cut out.  This is experimental on getting the right size photo to fit in the punch.  I got some pretty cardstock that would look nice with the photo and punched it out with a 1 1/2 inch scalloped edge punch.  Make two of these, one for each side of the snowflake.  I wanted a 3rd layer, so I cut out a square of glittered designed paper about 2 inches & used Victorian paper edgers scissors to trim all sides of the square.   I trimmed the corners a little to have a slightly rounded look.  I added ink around the edges in a coordinating color to compliment the paper square in cardstock.  Again, make two of these for front & back of the snowflake.  I made a small bow to fit on the bottom of the snowflake.  Before assembly, add a wire hanger to the top of the snowflake inside the top hole.  Then glue the paper pieces together with a glue gun or tacky glue, the large glitter square 1st like a diamond shape, the cardstock square on the opposite angle next, then the photo on top centered.  For the back, use the same stacking method, but add the sticker instead of the picture.  Add the ornament or tassel in the bottom hole in the snowflake, trimming if necessary for it to hang straight.  Add glue if needed.  Then add the paper stack to the front of the snowflake using your glue of choice.  You may need to add a book to weight it down for drying if using tacky glue, so it dries flat.  I waited between drying to add the back papers.  I used the glue gun for the latter ornaments with nice results and didn't have to wait.  Finishing touches are to add the bow on the front and you can add a gem or glitter brad {with back removed} to the back of the ornament on the bottom, opposite of the bow.  Spray with sealer to protect the picture.
I added glitter around this picture.

vintage ornament added
Learn from my mistake; don't cover pic with contact paper.  It changes color!
The angel image is from Graphics Falry
There are many embellishments you can add, but I kept it simple.  I added vintage bells to some instead of a tassel or ornament.


I'm linking to these parties:
Vintage Gwen~A Special Christmas Soiree
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia~Tuesdays Treasures
Coastal Charm~Nifty Thrifty Tuesday #93
Hope Studios~Tutorial Tuesday!
By Your Hands~Blog Party Sunday Handmade Christmas
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm #131


Jennifer said...

Very lovely!
Thanks for sharing it today!

Marlee said...

Your ornaments are precious! I love the different ways you embellished them. Merry Christmas!

Mafalda said...

Cute=)..Merry Christmas from Finland=)

Renee said...

So pretty! Merry Christmas!

Michelle said...

I love anything Victorian. These look like they came from that time period.You did a great job. They are awesome.

Unknown said...

What a pretty decoration! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

These are beautiful Cindy! Always nice to see vintage ornies :)


Fishtail Cottage said...

so pretty! xoox

Recycled Rita said...

Very pretty! I made some similar ones to give my friends at work... Merry Christmas! karen....