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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.
This trimmer or something similar is extremely helpful when cutting the strips.
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
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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.
1. 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)
2. You'll need to decide how you want you finished pattern to look. My favorite pattern begins with placing two strips together with opposite sides facing up. Put a bit of Elmer's glue at 3" on both strips and hold them together for a moment. (If you are using paper, this will dry faster than you think, be prepared to move it where you want it quickly)
3. Now basket weave four more strips around these center two. Create a contrasting pattern going both ways. Be sure to glue the ornament at every weave.
4. Repeat the pattern with the other six strips and allow the glue to dry for a few minutes.
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To Make it Fancy
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.
- With the INSIDE of the ornament facing you take any two corners and overlap them using a glue gun to hold them together. I recommend you try this step with no glue to make sure the loop looks like the photo. Make sure the loop points out and looks kind of like a flower. Otherwise the ornament won't work correctly.
- Repeat Step one with all four corners on each side. The four center strips on each side will be sticking out.
- Lay one half of the ornament over the other half with insides together. Place each loop over the center strip of the other side.
- Slide the center strips into the loops of the opposite side.
- Use the glue gun to glue the center strips to the opposite loops. It's OK if the ends hang over a bit. If you like the ornament to be a bit puffy, you can put the ends closer to the edge of the loop with less hanging over
- Use scissors to trim the extra pieces of the center strips off.
The Finished Ornament
You can add a string to the top of this ornament or you could use it like I do to tuck it into the branches of the tree.
Scrapbooking paper works wonderfully for these ornaments.