Photo Ornaments


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After seeing cute photo ornaments on Pinterest I was inspired to make ornaments to give to friends and family for Christmas.  The ornaments are relatively inexpensive and easy to make.  The project has given me the opportunity to reflect on the enjoyable times I spent this year with the recipients.

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I used a clear plastic craft ornament I purchased at Michael’s that is similar to this one.  I chose flat ornaments so that I would have less space in the center to fill.  The ornament shown in the picture is about 3 inches wide.

I copied the pictures to a Word document for cropping and sizing.  Through trial and error I found that the ideal picture size to be 3 inches wide and about 2.2 inches high.  I typed a caption on top of the picture (not included in the 2.2 inches.)  I printed the pictures on photo paper, cut them out and rounded the corners using a Fiskars punch.  I printed two pictures for each ornament.  (or used clip art if I didn’t have two pictures)

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Next I filled up the bottom of the ornament with artificial snow flakes.  I used a funnel and put the ornament in a box but I still made a mess when the funnel tipped over.

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Then I rolled up the picture tight enough to fit through the top opening and pushed it into the ornament.

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I used a Silhouette tool to unroll and straighten the picture.

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After inserting the second picture on the other side I pushed white crinkle paper into the middle of the ornament between the two pictures.  The crinkle paper holds the pictures in place.


I finished the ornament with a bow and ribbon.  Here are a few other ornaments I made this month.    IMG_4214 (2)





Crafts Using Battery-Powered Candles

joy lattern litLast week I bought a package of 11 battery-operated candles at Costco.  The package included 3 6-inch pillars, 4 voties and 4 tea lights.  Batteries were included which is always nice.

My first craft project involving these candles is the joy lantern above.  I cut this out using my Silhouette Cameo with the pattern from the Silhouette Design Store.  I highly recommend this design.  The design cut very easily on a single sheet of 8 1/2 in by 11 inch cardstock.  Joy lanternI cut out rectangles of vellum and attached those to the inside of the panels.  Then I placed a votive candle inside and tied the two top pieces together with a ribbon.  I’m going to take this to a party tomororw as a hostess gift. Here’s one more view from the other side. I really like this lantern and plan to make more as gifts.

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The second gift I made using the electric candles is a printed paper to wrap around a 6 inch tall pillar. My niece is decorating her bedroom with a vintage Parisian theme.  I am hoping she can use this candle as an accessory.

I used these two pictures from The Graphics Fairy website for the candle decoration.  The first picture is the Vintage Paris Travel Postcard – Notre-Dame.  The second picture is Antique Paris Image – Eiffel Tower.  I copied the two pictures to a Word file and arranged them to wrap around the candle.  When cut the paper measures 6 inches tall and 10 inches wide.

I love the color pictures on The Graphics Fairy website but I didn’t think they looked good with the orange glow that the candles have.  So I recolored the pictures using Word to a light brown color.  I printed the file onto a sheet of tan-colored vellum paper.  Then I cut the vellum to fit and wrapped it around the candle.  I taped the vellum to itself so that it would be easy to remove from the candle if my niece wants to replace it with another decoration.  Here are pictures of the front and back of the candle when the candle is not turned on.  This was a fun and easy project.

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Gift Card Holders

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Last weekend I made some paper holders for gift cards I plan to insert in greeting cards.  I ordered gift cards for a variety of stores from a friend’s brother whose daughter goes to a school that sells gift cards as a fundraising project. This worked out well for both of us as I didn’t have to buy all the cards separately and the school got a small percentage of the money back.

I had these two 6 inch by 6 inch double-sided 65# cardstock paper pads on hand so I used sheets from these pads to cut out the gift card holders. The pad on the left is “Bundled Up” by Alisha Gordon and the pad on the right is “Reflections Chrstmas” by Lori Whitlock. I used this snowflake gift card holder pattern from the Silhouette Design Store and sized it to fit a 6 inch by 6 inch sheet from the pad.

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I had a hard time cutting out the snowflake pattern so I erased it from the design.  Then I changed the dashed lines used for folding to a smaller size line.  The cut-out pattern looked like this:

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I then placed a few pieces of double-sided tape along the bottom of the pattern and folded up the middle and left flap.  I then applied a think line of glue to seal the other flap.

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The gift card peeks out of the top of the holder.  I then decorated one side of most of the holders.  I left a few holders plain since the papers looked nice on their own.

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The cute penguin is from My Scrap Chick (I used the penguins by themselves from the gift card holder set).  I experimented with a few new Silhouette products for some of the embellishments.  I used the double-sided adhesive sheets to cut out “Joy” and then spread red glitter on top of the letters.  I also cut “Joy” and the leaping reindeer shown above out of the printable gold foil.  The nutcracker silhouettes shown above are from the Silhouette Design Store.  The Merry Christmas stamp is from Momenta (although I do not see it on their website).  I printed “Let it snow” on the Silhouette printable clear sticker paper.  The “Let it Snow” words and the tree are both from the Free SVG Blog.

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The only thing that made this project go slowly for me is that the Silhouette foil and sticker paper sheets didn’t feed into my printer very well.  My printer should be able to handle these sheets so I’m going to try the sheets again on a different project.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season.  My next task is to bake a batch of these easy and delicious White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookies.