Hi everyone! I hope your week is going well. I’ve been steadily accomplishing my Christmas “chores:” Outside. Check. Mantel. Check. Cookies started. Check. Gifts. Not-quite-check. LOL. Crafting. Never check(!). I do enjoy a good Christmas craft, and today’s falls into that category. I bought some new dies for my Sizzix machine during the year with various holidays in mind. One was a Darice set of graduated stars. I was imagining all the cool textile and heavy cardstock stars I would cut and use for banners and ornaments, only come to find out, not all dies are the same. The Darice dies are thin pieces of metal, whereas Sizzix dies are heavy and thick. The Darice only cut through heavy cardstock and light cardboard. After I got over my disappointment, I realized that the dies were still a good deal ($5.00 for the five), and I could surely come up with some fun projects using them. That’s a very long-winded introduction to today’s project: upcycled star ornaments.
I’m having all kinds of fun with glitter this year and am especially enjoying my new color: aqua.
To make these stars you will need:
Vintage music paper
Small red berries
First, a note about cardboard. I’m always on the look-out for good cardboard, free from print on both sides. I’ve got a pretty good stash of it right now because I “rescued” a rather large piece from the flour pallet at Aldis. They use a very large piece of medium-weight cardboard, in a nice shade of brown, to separate each row of flour on a pallet. A couple of months ago, I grabbed one and brought it home with me. I cut it into 8″ strips to make it easier to store.
To cut my stars, I used my new Darice star dies on my Sizzix Big Kick. If you don’t have these tools, then make a cardboard star template, trace a bunch of them on cardboard, and then cut them out. I used the largest die, which is about 4 1/4″ across.
Some of my stars I covered completely with glitter, using Modge Podge to adhere it. I applied an even coat of Modge Podge with a foam sponge and then poured glitter over the entire surface. I tapped it lightly to help the glitter adhere better.
On other stars, I just glittered the edge.
On some of the fully glittered stars, I simply tied on a bell and glued a Christmas banner across the front. If you don’t have any Christmas stamps, you could write some out by hand or print them using your computer.
For others, I made vintage paper rosettes and then glued a small banner on top.
And others, received a few berries for embellishment.
To make a rosette, cut a 2″ x 7″ piece of vintage music paper and fold it 1/4″ at a time like an accordion.
Fold the accordion in half and apply hot glue down the center as show above and press the two “ends” together. Turn the rosette over and fold in half the other way and glue as above. (It’s all easier and simpler than it sounds!)
Now you’ll need to put little dabs of hot glue between the folds to make your round, rosette shape and hold the whole thing together.
Use a last dab of hot glue to attach your rosette to your star. To finish it off, attach a bell using thin cord or string and glue a banner on top, and your done.
Your ornament is ready to hang on the tree.
Or to embellish “brown paper packages tied up with string.”
I think they make the perfect addition to my holiday packages. What do you think?
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