Friday, September 14, 2012

Christmas Ornament Instructions

Hi Everyone

I am back today to show you how to make that cute little ornament that was in my post yesterday.(I am sorry for the quality of some of the photos, below. )

Here is the list of things you will need:
5 - 3.5"X3.5" squares to stamp the mail image onto. The size will depend on the size of your stamped image.
2 - 1.75"X1.75" squares. These become the front and back of the ornament closed.
1 - bead
tape or a tape runner
Bone folder
Symmetrical stamp for the front/back
Stamp for the other side of the ornament. Any small stamp works and this side will become the inside of ornament
Stamp for the front cover (I used a word stamp)
Stamp for back cover (I used an image)

Stamps that I used are from Sparkle N Sprinkle -
Flower Medallion 0643-182N
Snowflakes  3383-414A
Starry Corner 3559-439AA
Snowy Cheer 3563-439A

You will want to use a stamp that is symmetrical and not too big. This stamp fits on a 3.5"X3.5" square. Stamp all 5 of the large squares making sure the image is centered. I cut my CS first then stamped it. That works better for me.

Stamp the back of the CS with a complimentary stamp. I used snowflakes. Ink the edges on the front and back side.

Next, fold each of the large squares the same. Use your bone folder to get crisp clean folds. Fold in half. Open then fold in half the other way. (You will now see  4 smaller squares in the large square piece because of the folds. Your 2 smaller square pieces of CS you will be using for the front and back will be the same size as those squares.) Now fold diagonally from corner to corner, doing only one diagonal fold. I hope you can see the fold marks in this shot.

Stamp the smaller squares just on the front side of these.Ink the edges of these as well.

Working with the larger squares, after you've made your folds, pick it up as a triangle, as shown below, making sure the image you want to see on the outside of the ornament is on the outside of the triangle.

Next take one of the side corners of the triangle and push it in between the front and back top peak of the triangle.

Next do the same thing with the other side. It will look like this, below.

Here is a view from the top.

Now you should have a square with the ends tucked in. Make this same fold on all of the 5 large squares.

Now, it's time to start attaching. I used a tape runner and applied tape to all 4 edges of the front 1st square. You will be working with the square folded.

Now attach two of your folded squares together, making sure the open area of the square is at the top on all 5 squares.

When it's is opened it will look like this.Attach the rest of the squares together in the same fashion, one by one. 
Next,keeping the stack of squares closed, apply tape to the top square around the edges and down the center, diagonally. The center adhesive will hold the ribbon piece, 

and the adhesive around the edges will hold the small square that you've  stamped up for the front. Attach that small front square.

Now do the same thing to the back side, making sure you attach the ribbon, then attach the other small square.

Use the bead by threading the two pieces of ribbon thru the bead.

Knot the ribbons together on top.
Now its time to open the ornament. With the bead at the top of the ribbon, the ornament should open up. So place the front and the back pieces together and slide the bead down to keep the ornament open. 

This is the way it looks in the closed position.

Well I hope this made sense to you all.  The main thing to remember is that the CS pieces all need to be squares. The smaller square will be the size of one of the small squares in the fold of the larger square as I mentioned earlier.

Try this out..These are easy to make and I think they will be very pretty adorning your tree.

Thanks for stopping in today.

See you soon


Shona Erlenborn said...

Great tutorial Barbara. I'll be giving this a go!

Hopemore Studio said...

Barb, This is a great tutorial! Such a pretty ornament.

Denise said...

Love that!!! I can't wait to make more.

Brenda said...

Will have to try this out - it's very intriguing!!! Great tutorial.

Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, this looks great.

April said...

Wonderful ornament and a great tutorial. I will need to try this!

Julie Z said...

Easy huh?! I'm sure it will be with your great tutorial! Thanks for sharing all the details with us Barbara!