Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tutorial: Vintage Paper Christmas Star Ornament

Vintage Paper Star Ornament

  • Star pattern 
  • Sheet music 
  • Photo copier
  •  Silver thread 
  • Scrapbooking eyelets 
·         Marking pen
·         Jump rings
·         Pliers to manipulate the jump rings


1. Print, and cut out the pattern. Choose the solid outline that gives you the star size you like, or make three copies to create small, medium, or large ornaments.

2. Use a photocopy machine to transfer the sheet music to standard copy paper.

3. Trace the outline of the star pattern on the copied sheet music. For extra visual interest, tilt the paper slightly.

4. Using the pattern as your guide, fold the cut out stars. Solid lines indicate "mountain folds" (fold comes toward you); dashed lines indicate "valley folds."

5. Punch a small hole in the location shown on the pattern. Insert an eyelet for reinforcement. Use the silver thread to hang the ornament.

Optional extra:

Using the marking pen I have drawn an Angel on the sheet music and cut it out.
I then inserted an eyelet in the bottom of the star and the top of the Angel. I attached the Angel to the stars using the jump rings.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Tutorial: Christmas Feather Wreath

Christmas Feather Wreath

  •  Small embroidery hoop 
  • Cream grosgrain ribbon
  •  Satin ribbon 25cm – 50cm wide 
  • Pearl buttons 
  • Cream Turkey Feathers 
  • Hot-glue gun and hot  glue sticks

1.     Wrap the embroidery hoop with the grosgrain ribbon leaving a tail at the top to form a loop to hang the wreath.

2.     Using the hot glue attach the feathers to the ribbon wrapped hoop

3.     Cut the ribbon into strips and using a running stitch gather them into small flower shapes


4.    Hot-glue the flower shapes to the feathers and attach the pearl the middle of the flowers

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tutorial: Victorian Silhouette Ornaments

Victorian Silhouette Ornaments

  •  Silhouette pattern 
  • Scrapbooking paper 
  • GlueScissors 
  • Miniature embroidery or cross stitch frames
  •  Cord to match frame colour

1. Print, and cut out the silhouette patterns. 

2. Take the frame apart and cut the scrapbooking paper to the same size and shape of the inner part of the frame using it as a template.
3. Glue the silhouette to the paper

4. Reassemble the frames, cut some cord and attach to the top of the frame to hang

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tutorial: Christmas Bauble

Christmas Ball Ornaments

Embellish plain purchased Christmas ornaments with purchased ribbon flowers, bows and lace

  • Ball ornament
  • Hot-glue gun and hot glue (Note: For certain surfaces, such as thin glass, a low-temperature glue may be safer than hot glue.) 
  • 1- to 1-1/2-inch-wide ribbon in various lengths 
  • Satin Ribbon flowers 
  • Small folly bells


    1. Attach ribbon bows. Fold the ribbon into bows and loops as you like. Glue them directly to the ornament top. Use glue sparingly so it does not show through.

    2. Attach flowers. Use additional glue to attach the satin flowers to the ornament. Let dry.

    3. Attach folly bells. Use a thin piece of ribbon to loop through the top of the folly bell and then glue to the ball hiding the loop of ribbon under a flower or bow loop.
    More Ideas:
    • Cordinate the colors of the ornament, flowers, and ribbons to match the décor of someone special. 
    • For a great hostess gift, tie an ornament around the neck of a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider, or atop a box of hot chocolate mix.