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I am back again with another twist on a handmade ornament project! This project can be sized up or down depending on the size of circle that is used. A larger size can be used as more than just a typical seasonal "ornament" but as a decorative accent for your living space. I have heard it called a Paper Ball Ornament. 

Here is what I used:

  • Handmade decorative paper (from a previous blogpost using Artistcellar stencils)
  • Circle punch (I used a 3.5 inch size)
  • scrap of cardstock the size of your circle punch
  • glue stick
  • string

Start by punching out 20 circles from your decorative paper and one circle from the cardstock. Cut a triangle from the cardstock and use that as your folding template. 

Fold each of your twenty circles. Then using a gluestick begin attaching them as shown in the picture. Use ten to create a long strip which will be the middle band of the ornament. The top and bottom of the ornament is created with five pieces each glued together to create a dome shape. 

Take the long strip and glue the ends together to form a ring. And then glue one dome on to make the top and the other dome for the bottom. Be sure to tie a loop with your string and thread it through the top of a dome before you glue it together so you can hang your ornament when you are finished.

Ta-Da! I love the shape of this ornament! I like how versatile it can be. Make it smaller for your tree and make it larger to create a statement piece for your decor. A great gift to make and keep! To see a quick video up close, click below. 

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The gift-giving season has begun but I think that the plethora of ideas that pop up around this time of year can be applied year round. Giving a small token of our love and appreciation to a loved one is always a good thing no matter the time of year.  Today I bring to you a simple ornament-style project. To me, some ornaments do not need to just be displayed on a tree once a year. Some can adorn our homes, studios and sacred spaces and be enjoyed at all times. I'd like to think the designs I created this week can do just that.

Here's what I used:

I started out by tearing a old dictionary page into pieces and then collaging them onto the front and back of the ornaments. Let dry.

Then I painted each side with acrylic paint. Don't put it on too thick as you still want to see the cool texture from the dictionary pages. Let dry.

Using a complementary color apply stencil design to each ornament and, you guessed it, let dry. I put a few coats on as I wanted the colors to be super bright and vibrant.

Using an acrylic paint pen I embellished the designs with my favorite element, DOTS. I also added a word to the focal point of one of the ornaments. As a finishing touch I applied Inka Gold to the edges.

And there you have it! Easy-peasy and beautiful results. I think that you could further add a quote or special handwritten message on the back of the ornaments to give them a personalized touch.

I hope you have a great week. Take the time to surround yourself with loved ones and CREATE beautiful things.