Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Christmas in July - Flamingo Scraps

Hello All!
Suzanne, over at Flamingo Scraps has put together some great "Christmas in July" kits, so you can get a head start on your holiday crafts!  Using some of the supplies, I have created these great paper ornaments!  I saw these in a magazine a while ago, and loved them!  They are very easy to make, with minimal supplies, but they do take a little time to put together, primarily because of the drying time for the glue I used.

To make all three of the stars above, I only used three pieces of 12x12 cardstock/patterned paper!  The first step to making these beauties is to cut your paper into squares.  Each of these require eight squares of paper to create.  For the large one, I used two pieces of patterned paper from Pink Paislee's City Sidewalks line and cut them into 6x6 squares.  The two smaller ones were made from one piece of 12x12 white cardstock that I sprayed with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Sweet Cherry on one side and Chartreuse on the other and then cut into 3x3 squares
Here are the four patterns featured on the pieces of City Sidewalk paper in the big star. .

Start off by folding your square into a triangle.

Then fold it again into a smaller triangle.

Then, on the open side of your smaller triangle, make three parallel cuts through both layers, leaving about a quarter of an inch at the end (please excuse my chipped nail polish.)

When you open up the triangles back to a square, it will look like this.  Take the inner most part, and fold the peaks to meet and glue into a tube.

Next, take the next set of peaks and fold those the opposite direction as the inner-most set and glue those sets together.  Keep alternating directions until you have them all glued together.

Here are two of them finished in each of the patterned papers.  Once everything is dry, it is time to glue them together.  Glue each of the small sides to the large side of another (see picture below).  Continue doing this until you have eight of them forming a wreath.  I held mine together at the glue points with clothes pins overnight while they dried.

Once things dry really well, I took a needle and some thread to the inner points and tied them together to ensure they they will hold the shape that I want them to have.

Here is one of the finished small ones, which measures about
  And here is the big one.
These are so pretty in person!  They take a little time to make, but are very simple and make a great impression!  My husband was amazed by them and the fact they were just made from a couple of pieces of paper!
Check out the great Traditional and Bright Christmas in July kits that Suzanne has put together in the Flamingo Scraps store and get started on your own Christmas crafts now, so you can leave the stress behind you when December rolls around!
Until next time!

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