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Handmade Snowflake Ornament
Much easier than it looks
This ornament looks a bit complicated, but it's not really difficult at all. With very little effort anyone as young as 8 or 9 can have fun making this beautiful Christmas ornament. It's pretty amazing what one can do with twelve 1/2" strips of paper or fabric.
Below you'll find detailed instructions with full photos to guide you as you create these lovely ornaments to decorate your home or tree or to give as gifts.
To make each ornament you will need:
- Two different patterns of scrapbook paper, heavy stationary, lightweight cardstock or fabric
- Paper Trimmer or Trimming Board (optional)
- Craft Bond Glue Stick
- Elmer's Glue
- Glue Gun
Preparing to Create the Ornament
Cut the paper or fabric you've chosen into six inch squares. Scrapbooking paper works nicely because it is 12" x 12" enabling you to create four ornaments from each sheet. After you've chosen two patterns or colors, use a craft bond glue stick to completely cover one of the sheets. If you are using fabric, you'll want a thin piece of cardstock cut in 6" squares to glue the fabric on either side.
When you're done you should have a two sided six inch square of fabric or paper. You might also choose white if you'd like the ornament to look more like a snowflake. In which case there is no need to glue two pieces together.
Allow the glue to dry a bit before cutting it especially if you use a liquid adhesive.
I truly love using scrapbook paper to make these ornaments. It's perfect because the 12" squares of the scrapbooking paper cut perfectly into four six inch squares. I use two sheets for each ornament and glue them together back to back to make all kinds of interesting patterns. If you want each ornament to be different, cut the paper into six inch squares before you glue them together.
Cut the six inch square into twelve 1/2" strips (I use a rotary style cutting board to keep the cut straight. Plus, I often cut the square in half and then cut each half into six strips to make sure they are more even)
I use this trimmer to slice the six inch squares into 1/2 inch strips. It's quick and easy and travels easily. Once I took this project on the road so my sisters and I could create the snowflakes together.
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A Fancy Finish
Before you start this step, decide which side of your ornament you'd like to be the OUTSIDE. This is especially important if you use a pattern other than the one I suggested above. I've made ornaments that had all the strips going the same way, in which I had to make sure the correct side is out.
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The Finished Ornament
Trim off the excess center pieces on each loop.
You can add a string to the top of this ornament
or you could tuck it into the branches of the tree.