Saturday, November 29, 2008

Our Christmas Gift to you! Free Instructions for a Paper Ornament

Our Christmas Gift to you!

Free Instructions for a Paper Ornament...

We used to make these every year when I was young, and yes, that was many many years ago!

What you'll need:
- Paper - card stock - old Christmas cards (or I noticed today that my Diet Coke box has snowy decorations with polar bears, so even that would work!)
- something round - about 3 inches (7.5cm) across
- pencil
- scissors
- glue
- ribbon or yarn or string to hang
- (optional) hole punch to add ribbon

You will need 8 circles for each ornament.

1. Using your round object, draw circles on your cards and then cut them out.

2. On the back, you'll need to divide the circle so that there is a triangle remaining in the centre, and 3 "flaps" that will be folded and glued. It is really hard to describe, so please take a look at the pictures for an example.

3. Fold the flaps forward on each circle.

4. Glue a flap from 2 circles together.

5. Repeat step 4 to create a ball as in the pictures. (again, this is hard to describe, so I hope the pictures help to show you what you need to do)

6. As you are gluing, you can insert a ribbon (or yarn or string) between several circles at one point. Or, when the ball is completed you can use a hole punch to punch a hole for your ribbon.

7. Done!

Now you have a great use for those Christmas cards you've been saving all these years! and it doesn't matter if there is writing on the inside, because that is hidden inside the ornament!

For MORE patterns, recipes, holiday decoration ideas and handmade items, visit the EtsyKnitters blog and their Holiday Calendar - 25 days of fun in December!

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