Christmas ornament

Trim your tree this year with some handcrafted ornaments.  I made this one yesterday using the tutorial from Becca Feeken found here.  Becca did a wonderful job in explaining and demonstrating how to create the ornament.

 

In Becca’s video she suggests using text weight or lightweight paper -cardstock is too heavy and will not work.  I used double sided scrapbook paper from K & Company.  The paper was heavier than text weight, but not as heavy as cardstock and  is from a 12″ paper pad called Travel that contains  beach/ocean themed patterns. I found  two sheets that had a pretty red and gold pattern on one side and illustrations of coral on the other side.   So….don’t limit yourself to holiday themed paper for this – you may have paper in your stash that will work  perfectly!

All in all, it took me just over an hour to put this together.  That includes cutting and folding the shapes, gluing everything together and adding the ribbon.

A few things I would do  little different the next time I make one of these.

First – I would go with Becca suggestion on textweight or lighter paper.  While the scrapbook paper was not heavy, the glue dots came apart in areas.

Second – Becca’s tutorial calls for cutting 18 shapes – I am thinking 20 or 22 would be a little better as it allows a bit more “give” in the overall shape and may not put as much stress on the glue.

Third – instead of glue dots I would use much stronger adhesive  – like red line tape.  It would take a little longer to apply, but I think it is worth it in the long run.  For this ornament I ended up replacing the glue dots that did not hold up with the red line  tape and it seems to have helped.

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