Monday, December 10, 2012

12 days of ornaments: day 1

Good morning and welcome to Day 1 of the 12 Days of Ornaments! If you've seen Scrapbook & Cards Today's winter issue, then perhaps you've see the pop bottle crate filled with ornaments on page 5. I had so much fun creating this project using Simple Stories' new holiday collection. :)

Since I've had so many requests for how-to instructions on the ornaments, I thought I'd post one set of instructions each day to run in tandem with SCT's annual "12 Days of Holiday Giving." You won't want to miss out on these great give-aways, as they are always so wonderful and generous!

To get started, you will need the following supplies to create the entire project (bottle crate, 12 ornamaments, tree and jingle bell). In parenthesis, I have indicated what brand I used on the original project. If no company is listed, then they were basic supplies from the craft store. Sorry for the long list, but I think you'll discover that you have most of these items on hand! :)

cardstock (Bazzill Basics)
patterned paper (Simple Stories)
die cut shapes (Simple Stories)
transparency (Simple Stories)
word stickers (Simple Stories)
star pins (Maya Road)
pearl head pins (Dritz)
border punches (Stampin' Up!)
snowflake dies (Spellbinders)
pennant dies (Spellbinders)
pine branch die (Papertrey Ink)
five-leaf paper punch (Martha Stewart)
holly leaf paper punch (Martha Stewart)
wooden spools (Darice)
chunky clear glitter (Martha Stewart)
red and silver glitter (Martha Stewart)
cream twine (May Arts)
waxed linen (Montana Misfits)
2”-2½” white doilies (Martha Stewart)
styrofoam balls
styrofoam tree
3" glass ornaments
tiny jingle bells
3” jingle bell
small red brads (BasicGrey)
red binding tape (Flourishes)
chevron 1/2” ribbon (May Arts)
1/2” black ribbon

tiny red pom pom trim
large & small buttons (BasicGrey)
gems, pearls (Queen & Co)
German glass glitter
acrylic paint (Delta)
crackle medium (Delta)
brown ink (Tim Holtz)
scoring board (Stampin' Up!)
small white pom poms
wooden pop bottle crate (
wet and dry adhesive
basic craft tools (trimmer, scissors, etc.)

Today's ornament is the glass Santa's Belt in the upper, left corner of the crate. It's sparkly, festive and oh-so easy to make!

  1. Trim various narrow widths of red patterned papers and cardstock (1/16" to 1/8" wide) and 6" long. I used about 30 strips on this ornament.
  2. Wind each strip around a pencil and hold it in place for a few seconds. Because paper has memory, when you slide the strip off the pencil, it will maintain a curly, corkscrew shape.
  3. Remove the cap from your ornament and slip each curled strip into the hole, one at a time. Shake the ornament occasionally to mix up the direction the curls are going. When you are happy with the fullness of the ornament, replace the cap.
  4. Cut a length of mini red pom pom trim and glue it around the perimeter of the ornament cap.
  5. Use a scrap of paper to measure and mark the circumfrence of your ornament. Add 1/4" inch to the measurement and cut a piece of 1/2" black ribbon to that length.
  6. Run a piece of two-sided tape across the back of the ribbon. If your tape does not have release paper, place it on a piece of waxed paper temporarily.
  7. Cover the front of the black ribbon with a strip of double-sided tape. Shake black glitter over the entire surface and rub it into the ribbon in a circular motion. Shake off the excess glitter.
  8. From a scrap of chipboard, cut out a ¾"wide by 1" tall rectangle. Cut out two slits, side-by-side, from the center as shown.
  9. Run a silver pen (or silver paint) around all of the cut edges.
  10. Cover the piece of chipboard with two-sided tape, trimming out the two slits. Shake silver glitter over the entire surface and rub it into the tape in a circular motion. Shake off the excess glitter.
  11. Thread the black glitter ribbon through the slits in a under-over-under direction as shown. Remove the release paper from the double-sided tape and apply it to the center of the ornament, overlapping the ends at the back.
That's it, your first ornament is done! See you tomorrow with ornament #2!



Jennifer J. said...

I can't wait to see days 2 - 12! Thanks for sharing this easy project.

KristyK said...

Cute idea! Thanks!

Teresa said...

So cute!

Scrap2day said...

Oh wow oh wow! I am pinning every single tutorial so I can make the whole thing! Gorgeous!!!!! Thank you so so much for all the hard work you put into making these tutorials for us! Happy Holidays to you, your staff, and your family!

Lee-Anne Thornton said...

Love all the projects! Thanks for the tutorials! You are awesome!

Gisèle said...

Well how fun is that!!!
Fun tutorial ������

heidiscoll said...

So cute and easy!! I can see I will have some new ornaments for my tree! Thanks! :)

Lynn said...

This is adorable! I'm so excited for Day 2!

Ruth G said...

I'm so glad you're sharing instructions for these! They all looked so wonderful in the magazine! It's going to be a very fun 12 days of fabulous ornaments!

Lorraine said...


jnolte said...

I love that you're posting instructions. I was just trying to figure it out for myself. Thanks!!!

smplantenberg said...

Very cute! Looking forward to the next 11 days!

Karen Letchworth said...

Just darling! Thanks for sharing this.

KanataNewf said...

this is just adorable!

Nicole Hoffman said...

Would you believe I actually have thick glitter cardstock in both silver and black!? I could skip a step. Thanks and looking forward to the tree tutorial

Happy Scrappy said...

Thank you for sharing! It's so cute!

Marianne - Fiskateer #6701 said...

Thank you for taking the time to share!

janet said...

awesome tutorial..may have to try this out. Why are we so short of time but not

Kathy said...

Oh, I was soooo wondering how you made this cute ornament! Thanks so much for sharing the details,....I am rushing out today to get supplies, because my DD and grandkids are gonna love these hanging on their tree!!! Thanks, Becky!

Linda Spence said...

Cute little ornament, thanks for sharing

Kim said...

It's just adorable! Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

b.c. Gurl said...

love it! thanks sooo much!

Biitz and Bites Scrapin said...

Love it! Great idea

Karla said...

I love it! Good idea! Thanks for sharing!!!

sharin said...

Such a clever gal you are!

Tracey McNeely said...

This is such a cute project, love this ornament and plan to do this one with my daughter.

a1983alaskan said...

I can do that! :-) Fabulous!

Rose S said...

I am going to have to try this one. Thanks!

Chris Wooten said...

thank you awesome. will be doing this for sure


Happy Scrappy said...

Just loving these sweet ornaments! Thank you for sharing :)

Ruby Craft said...

Your ornament crate is fantastic. Love this Santa inspired ornament! Thanks for the great instructions.

Happy Scrappy said...

The snowflakes ornament is really gorgeous!! I must try them! Thanks for the inspiration!

AJ said...

wow, LOVE that crate! so fabulous!!

Pammlla said...

Love the Snowflakes I saw on the SCT page, but I don't see it here? Is my browser missing something?

Ava Gavloski said...

thanks for sharing this well presented project. I am adding this to my bucket list. Perfect for a gift.
ava g

Claudia said...

That is so cute! As all of them have been.
Thank you for sharing them with us.

jordanbev5 said...

Gorgeous creations all!

kathy said...

very cute!

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