Monday, December 26, 2016

3D Paper Christmas Ornament


I hope everyone is enjoying a Christmas coma of sorts on the day after. I have one last Christmas ornament tutorial to share with you. If you follow the blog, you know that I recently got a Silhouette Cameo. I'm still learning how to use it, but I thought I'd share one of the projects I did just before Christmas.


The Silhouette store has been giving away all kinds of holiday designs since Thanksgiving. So I decided to throw a few of them up on the screen and cut them out of some Christmasy scrapbook paper.


The ornaments came out great! They were even easy to peel off of the mat. The other two designs I chose to cut didn't work out as well (one didn't cut all the way through one of the letters and the tree design's cut out didn't look right once it was peeled out). But that's ok, we're here about the ornaments anyway.


If you don't have a cutting machine, any ornament shaped cutout can be turned into a 3D ornament. You just need 4 of the same shapes. Then fold them in half like I did in the photo above.


I hemmed and hawed about what kind of adhesive to use to attach these ornaments together, but decided on some photo squares (double stick tape). I cut them in half to get them small enough and stuck them along the edge and a couple in the center.


You only need to put tape on two of your ornaments.


Then attach half of one of your un-taped ornaments to one side, and the other un-taped one to the other half (as shown above). Then you can take the last ornament (with tape on it) and lay it flat onto these two halves. Then just bend the sides so that your ornament makes 4 nice 90 degree angles and you're set.


I strung it up and hung it on the tree immediately. I can't wait to make more projects like this one in the future. It's so much fun to see the paper come out with the intricate patterns cut on it. But really, you can do this project with any ornament shape--ornate or simple.

Happy Holidays!

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