Day 23 of the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
The goal for these 24 days is to give you ideas for hand-crafted Christmas decorations for your tree and home. Come back each day to try the next craft. 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!
There are only two days left in this 24 Days of Christmas Crafts. I was originally going to make this ornament so that the outer part of the ornament was made of acetate. However, easily-accessible glues do not work well on acetate. I still liked my design and decided to go with silver and gold glitter paper, instead. I just love how nicely they turned out and I kept humming the “Silver and Gold” song from the “Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer” show – a childhood favorite.
Now that you have that song in your head, let’s get started.
Materials and Supplies
- 1 sheet silver glitter cardstock
- 1 sheet gold glitter cardstock
- Designs from my Resource Library
Cutting the Ornaments
You can probably cut these by hand. I have never tried to cut glitter cardstock by hand. With these patterns, they are all straight lines and should go fairly quickly with a metal ruler and an X-Acto knife.
For this project, I cut the silver and gold ornament pieces on my Cricut using the standard point blade and the glitter cardstock materials setting.
Choose whatever colors and materials you prefer but I made this using silver glitter cardstock for the inner part of the ornament and gold glitter cardstock for the outer part of the ornament. This might look quite stunning in blue and silver, green and red, etc.
Since both of these designs have score lines, if your craft machine can make score lines, place the glitter paper glitter-side down and tape it to your mat so that it scores the back side of the cardstock. If you cannot do score lines on your machine, remove those lines from the design first. You can cut with the glitter up or down then, manually score lines on the back after cutting. The positioning for the score lines is shown in the PDF in my Resource Library.
Fold along all the score lines of both the silver and gold ornament pieces. Fold toward the interior of the ornaments.
Begin gluing the folded tabs to the adjacent points of the ornament. Many of you know that I use these Sewing clips for many of my projects. They work great for holding things in place so I can go work on something else while glue dries. While today’s glue was drying, I was working on designs for tomorrow’s craft (Hint: It’s for last-minute gift-giving).
Silver Inner Ornament
Before you glue the final tab on the inner silver ornament, cut a 12-inch length of mono-filament fiber (I just used fishing line). Tie a clump of knots about an inch from one end. Lay that end inside the ornament and complete gluing the final tab.
Gold Outer Ornament
Before you glue the final tabs on the gold outer ornament, you need to place the silver inner ornament inside the gold ornament. If you press the ends of the gold ornament toward each other, the space will open up and you can lay the silver ornament inside the gold ornament.
Place a drop of glue at the top of the ornament, position the silver ornament in the vertical center of the gold ornament, then glue the final tabs in place. Here is a short video of me doing these steps.
Time to Decorate!
Your ornament should now be complete and ready to hang on your tree.
Come back each day for a new project in the 24 Days of Christmas Crafting!