Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Christmas Decoration Craft Tutorial (picture heavy)

As promised, here's another craft tutorial. We had a better night with Baby Bird last night - he only woke up once (about 3am, worse luck), still wanted a feed, but went back to sleep fairly quickly thankfully. Funnily enough, he's just woken up as I'm typing - trapped wind this time, now loudly released. Boys will be boys!

Anyway, here's the tutorial.

Recycled Christmas Card Tree Decoration

Materials and Equipment needed:

Old Christmas cards
Cutting mat
Glue roller/stick
Pair of compasses (I just used a round object, as I couldn't find compasses)

Firstly, sort your cards into piles of similar colours. I find this makes a more co-ordinated colour scheme, but feel free to skip this step if you prefer a more random effect.

Next, draw an equilateral (all sides are the same length) triangle using your ruler. This one is 5cms high, but you can adapt the size according to the cards you have. Remember that the finished size will be twice this height (e.g. I've used two halves, so my ornament will be 10cms high when finished). Create flaps by rounding off with a compass, or drawing around a round object. Make sure that the widest points of the flaps are equal - this is important when you glue the elements together later.

Using your first shape as a template, make another 7 pieces and cut out to make your 8 elements, as below.

Next, score along the straight lines on the wrong side, using a craft knife (or scissor blade) and a ruler. Take care not to cut the whole way through the card (or your fingers!). Also, make sure that the scores meet at each corner, otherwise you won't get a neat triangle.

Score all of the elements and you should end up with something like this:

Don't forget to bend the flaps!

Punch a hole at one point of two of the elements, you'll use these to hang the decoration, so make sure you place them opposite each other when making up. If using a glue roller, now is the time to add glue to the flaps. If you're using a glue stick, glue the flaps one at a time, or you'll end up with a horrible sticky mess!

This is the part where you find out how accurate your cutting and measuring is! Take four elements and stick them together, flaps outermost, lining the edges up. You'll need to create two halves, as above.

Next, take a length of ribbon or sparkly thread and thread it through the two holes you made earlier, tying a knot on the inside of the ornament. Finally, glue the two halves together and voila, your finished decoration!

This is just the basic model - you could embellish it with sequins, ribbon, glitter, whatever you want. You can also glue the flaps together on the inside to create a completely different look - just remember to score on the right side of the card to allow easier folding. If you're feeling adventurous, try adding more elements and seeing how big you can make your ornament, the posibilites are endless!


Vintage Vixen said...

I remember making those every year with my Grandma! She used to cut each part out with pinking shears. Don't they look fab? Great recycling, too! xxx

Sarah said...

What a fantastic idea - definately one for the children to help with too! Thanks for sharing.

Fal'ca said...

it is interesting!!!