Christmas is a special time in the year where every first milestone should be unforgettable and that much more memorable! Whether it's your baby's first christmas, you're first year as a newly wed or even engaged, there's no shortage of making this year one to remember.
What you'll need:
5" Clear Ornament That Can Be Filled
- White Feathers
- 2x 3" Long Jewelry Strings
- 4x Small Faux Flowers About 1/2" In Size
- Thick Velum Paper (I purchased a 12x12 sheet from Michaels and cut it down to be 8.5" x 11")
- Hot Glue And Glue Gun
The first step might be the hardest part and will require a lot of trial and error. First you'll need to design the inside of your ornament with a program that will let you template out a 2.5" circle with your deisgn inside. I used Adobe InDesign so that it was accurate and I could space things out accordingly. Print this on a regular piece of paper to make sure it's correct in sizing and spacing.
Option 2: If you don't have a program like Adobe InDesign, use Microsoft Word and a lot of trial and error until you get it right! If you're going the Microsoft Word route, make multiple circles on the page at different sizes and see how they look once they're printed. Keep redoing and reprinting until you have a circle with a diameter of around 2.5".
Once you've made sure that your design looks great, you'll need to cut down your Velum paper to be 8.5" x 11", so that it can fit through your printer. Make sure that the shiny side is where the ink will be printed. This is so that you can glue your string on the rough side.
Print your design on your velum paper and cut it out very carefully. Make sure you don't touch the ink side as it can get messy very fast! You can clean it up with a dab of rubbing alcohol and a q-tip, but you really can't smudge the wording.
Cut two, 3" long pieces of jewelry string and glue the top and bottom of your circle. The glue will need to be on the rear, rough side of the velum paper.
Once it's in place, you'll need to hide where the string is glued to your paper. Take one faux flower and glue it to the string (slightly above where it meets the paper). Take your second flower and glue this to the other side of the flower similar to the picture above. Repeat this step on the opposite side and you should have flowers on either end.
Next we'll start to work on the inside of the ornament. Select the fluffiest feathers, then cut your feathers in half. Place the cut feathers into your ornament so that it fills the bottom 1/4 - 1/3. Once you have the right amount of feathers, split them in half and fill each side of the ornament with your feathers.
At this point, you'll have the ornament opened in half and filled with feathers. We're going to have your inside design to appear floating on the next step. You'll have to centre and float your paper within the inside of the ornament and hot glue the string in place at the top and bottom. Once the glue is fully dried, you can cut off the loose ends as close as you can to the edge of the ornament.
Close up your ornament and tape it shut at the very bottom and hot glue the top of it shut. To finish it off, you'll need to tie a bow with your ribbon and hot glue this to the top of your ornament. Shake your ornament until your feathers are nicely placed.
There you have it! I can't wait to see this ornament on your tree!
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