I know what you're thinking "Is she out of her frickin' mind? I just finished putting all of the decorations away and Kelly is talking Christmas in January????" It's nuts, I know. But just hear me out.
I am participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word year-long class. I haven't gone into much detail about my word for the year here on the blog yet (wait for that next week), but my word for 2015 is complete. This particluar Christmas project has been in my head for years. I mean YEARS, people! And if I don't get it out of my head and complete it, it will drive me crazy. I want to start this project now because it is something I want completed before Christmas of 2015. It's the type of project you don't start in the beginning of December. Or November for that matter. Oh believe me, I have tried to start it, but before I had a Silhouette Cameo, it would have been way too time-consuming.
Confession: For the past 26 years of marriage, I have had a hard time throwing away Christmas cards.
Again you are thinking "Is she out of her frickin' mind?" But I just couldn't toss them in the trash. Someone took the time to pick out the card, sign it, maybe include a letter and photo, addressed it, placed a stamp on it and popped it into the mailbox. I just didn't have the heart to throw them away, hoping one day I would find some sort of crafty project to use them in. They have been traveling the world with us for way too long and it is now time do something with them.
Back before the age of the internet, I was a subscriber to Martha Stewart Living Magazine. I especially loved the Christmas editions. One year, it had to have been in the early to mid-90s, she featured a project where she made ornament balls from old Christmas cards (this project is now on her website and you can view that here). I knew then this is what I wanted to do with my stash of cards! So that year, for the sake of arguement, let's say it was in 1995, I made one. This one to be exact:
I followed her instructions and cut 20 circles and tried a dozen different times to draw a damn equilateral triangle until I got it right (I'm sure Martha got hers right the first time). I scored the edges of my triangle onto the circle, put the damn thing together and then I didn't make another one until January of 2013. Ah yes, 2013 was the year this project was going to get done! Again, I started it and even took pictures of that last attempt because I wanted to blog about it:
I made three:
And again I put them away.
But now enter the Silhouette Cameo. It dawned on me last week that I can draw my circles using the Silhouette and add dashed lines for the triangles making perforations eliminating the scoring step!!!
OMG!!! I am actually going to do this!!! Happy dance!!!
I am so excited about this and I wanted to share this project with you (just in case you are a Christmas card hoarder). I am including a FREE svg cut file (at the end of this post) so you can make these at home. Here is how to make them:
Disclaimer: This is my very, very first time I am ever offering a cut file, as I am fairly new to the Silhouette scene. It is something I would like to do more of in the future, so think of this as a test. Please let me know if I should do something differently, save it in a different format, etc.
The cut files has four sizes of circles that are approximately 2", 1.75", 1.5" and 1.25". You will cut 20 of the same size circle for one ornament ball. In the example I am showing you, I used the the 1.5" circle. (Note: the larger your circle, the large the finished ornament!)
Step One: More than likely, you will not be able to create one ornament from only one card. You may choose to use another card or add a piece of coordinating cardstock. No matter what you choose, you need 20 circles for one ornament. When you have your card(s) and/or cardstock selected, place them on your your Silhouette mat. You may or may not choose to use the greeting from the inside of the card. Personally I like it! I also like the signature.
Step Two: Choose the size circle you want from the cut file and repeat it 20 times on your mat. BUT BE CAREFUL OF YOUR PLACEMENT!!! You don't want to have any of your circles overlap/cross over from a card to a cardstock when they are cut. In the photo below you can kind of see where I placed guidelines so I would know that my circles shouldn't cross to where part would be cut on the card and part on the cardstock. I totally hope that makes sense (there are more than twenty circles on the pic. I just wanted a few extra)
Step Three: Send them to be cut.
Step Four: Making the top and bottom of ornament. Choose five circles and fold upward along the perforations. Using glue and a paintbrush, brush some glue on the flap of one circle and attach it to the flap of another, making sure the point of the triangle are touching toward the center. Refer to the photo below:
It should end up looking like this:
Repeat with another 5 circles so you have two (one will be the top and the other will be the bottom of your ornament:
Step Five: Making the middle. With your remaining 10 circles, fold up the flaps along the perforations. Refer to the photo below and glue them together alternating the triangle points up and down. You want it to resemble a straight line:
Step Seven: Attach the top and bottom. One side at a time, brush glue on each of the flaps of the middle section and adhere a top/bottom section, aligning the flaps with each other. Repeat for the other side. You should end up with a ball!:
Do you love it? I know I do! I can't wait to make a ton of these!
Now if you have a long needle, you can thread string through one of the tiny holes where the points of the triangles meet through another on the opposite side and knot it. I couldn't find my needle and will pick one up the next time I'm at Jo-Anns. Or you can just leave them like they are and pile them apothcary jars, on trays, make a wreath with them. Tons of options! I will give you an update in a month or two and let you know how this project is coming along.
I do have a few more Christmas ideas that have been in my head for a while that need to get out. Hopefully this will be an ongoing series here on the blog this year. We'll see how it goes!
BUT WAIT!!! HERE'S ANOTHER IDEA!!!
I don't know about you guys, but I have a bunch of Project Life cards laying around that I really won't be using very often since I am going digital. I made some balls out of the 3x4 filler/journal cards! Look:
The ones above came from the Seafoam and Midnight Core Editions. The one below are made from Studio Calico cards:
I used 10 filler cards per ball using the 1.5" circle cut file. LOVE THEM!!!! Again, these would be cute in jars, trays or even party decorations throughout the year. Ooooo...make a garland from them! Ok. I'm off!!! Gotta get busy!!!
Thank you so much for reading! Below is your cut file. No charge! I just ask for your to sign up for my newsletter, like my FB page, follow me on Instagram or pin this project to Pinterest! You all rock!