Hello all! I’m Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick and I am SO honored to be here at Kari’s today! I’m excited to be sharing a Christmas ornament craft with you today – thanks for having me Kari!
This one is easy folks. REAL easy. There’s very little talent involved here, just good old gluing skills. The only part that takes time is the cutting, but I have a solution for that too. 🙂
So here’s the thing – I love using paper for holiday crafts. I do it at Halloween quite a bit (bats!) and I’m always thinking of ways to do more with it at Christmas. I love paper crafts for two reasons – you can get really creative with all the fun papers out there and they are SO easy to store since they barely take up any space. (You just want to be a little gentle with them.)
For these DIY ornaments I gathered some festive paper:
The red and cream are the textured cardstock – my favorite! Love that little extra detail.
To do this you’ll need “petals,” so I just free-handed one and then traced it to make more:
Please keep in mind these do not have to be perfect! Is a flower petal ever perfect? No. That’s why we love them. 🙂 Once you get one petal you like you can just trace it over and over.
The trick to cutting out a bunch at a time is to layer your sheets of paper. So I would cut two or three strips out of one piece of paper and then lay the outlined part on top, then cut them out. Does that make sense? So instead of cutting out one each time I was cutting two or three. It helped a ton!:
Then you’ll want to do the same thing again, this time with slightly smaller petals. You won’t need nearly as many of these, probably half.
To start building your flower you’ll want to have something as a base you can glue on to. I just cut circles out of a paper plate, but anything will do:
Just make sure it’s not too big so that it shows behind the petals.
Then start making your flower! I used hot glue but regular glue would work fine. You just need a little dab on the back to make it work. I actually looked at photos of poinsettias to see how many I should use:
I put six larger ones on the bottom and then three on top. The middle is where I got creative:
I ended up using three jewels on that one instead of one, to look more like a poinsettia flower.
I only used one piece of each color paper and got eight large flowers:
You can see here how I used a paper punch and scrapbook paper for the centers on some of them:
I kind of pulled the petals up on each one as well to give them some dimension – not a fold really, just a bend. 😉
I added some little glittery jewels I found in the scrapbook area to the others:
Those are my favorites. I always say – I’m a non-scrapbooker who LOVES the scrapbook section. 😉
The best part? All of these were just a few bucks. The paper was less than a dollar (half off) for three sheets and the sparkly jewels were a few dollars with coupons.
OK, so my favorite thing about these is you can do whatever you want with them – to use them as ornaments just tuck them into the tree, no string needed! You could hot glue twine or ribbon to the back and turn them into a garland. Stick tape to the back and put them on windows, mirrors, whatever. Or make a bunch and create a paper wreath with them – the possibilities are really endless!
I have an idea in mind for mine…you’ll have to come visit TDC to see what I do with them. 😉
Thanks again for having me Kari, love ya!