Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Recycled Ornaments

OK, so here's my version of directions on making that most famous of crafty ornaments: the recycled Christmas card ball. I was going to accompany this with step by step photos but honestly... it'd probably take me til July. So here's the written. (the tea box just happened to be in the photo and has nothing to do with ornament construction, lol)

So without further ado....

Cut out twenty circles from old Christmas cards, calendar pages, or photos. Neatness counts.
Fold an equilateral triangle into the center of each circle.
How do you get/make/find/create/locate an equilateral triangle in the center of a circle, you ask?
Well, first find the center point of the circle by creasing it in half one way and then the other. Now fold one edge of the circle in until it meets that center point. Fold the next edge in, too, so that it forms a neat point with the first edge you did. Fold the third edge in, forming three points. Voila. I suggest you make a template to base your triangles on so you can fold your pieces without excessive creasing.
Now you have twenty triangles with flaps.
Top of Ornament: take five of these critters and glue them so that all their top points meet in the center.
Bottom of Ornament: take five more and glue them together the same way.
Center of Ornament: take the remaining ten pieces and glue them so they form a straight row - to do this you will have pointy-end-up triangles ^ alternating with pointy-end-down triangles. V Then glue one end of your row to the other to make a ring.
Now: Put the top dome on top of the center band, and the bottom dome upside down under the center band and glue everybody together. Again I say, voila.

You can glue them together with the flaps inside the ball instead of out.
You can also glue a top and bottom piece together with no center band, for a smaller ball.
Helpful hint:
Remember to center any focal points so they’ll land within the triangle.

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