Hi everyone! Boy have we ever done a complete about-face with our weather over the last 24 hours. We went from golden sunshine and warmth to gray clouds and rain. Even though it’s a bit dark, Fall is definitely back in the air. And since Fall is my favorite season, I have no complaints about that. Nor can I complain about the glorious view out my back. Think I could sit and stare out my windows all day.
But instead of sitting around, the rainy day has driven me into my scrap room for a bit of fun. First, I played along with the sketch over at 2sketches4you.
Patterned Paper: Pink Paislee and Making Memories
Felt Dimensional Sticker and Die-Cut Tag: Making Memories
Rub-On: Deja Views
Ribbon, Tulle, Silk Holly Leaves, Machine Stitching
Today is my day to post on the Webster’s Pages Facebook page. I posted this set of two turtle dove ornaments I finished this morning.
These birds are fashioned after some ornaments I made in school when I was in kindergarten. My mother has saved those original ornaments all these years. And since I love those first birds, I wanted to try my hand at making some more now.
Here are the directions in case you would like to make some.
patterned paper- at least two different patterns. Can be double-sided, or if not, cut two birds for every ornament. I used paper from Webster’s Pages Home for the Holidays and Hello Beautiful lines.
pearls, small buttons, or gems for eyes
hemp, string, or baker’s twine
lace or trim- I used trims from Webster’s Winter Trim Collection
1. Trace bird pattern onto patterned paper. You can use any bird template or download one from the internet. If you would like to use the same bird I did, just leave me a comment and I will email you the pattern.
If your paper is double-sided, you can cut just one bird per ornament. If one sided, or if you want the same pattern on both sides, you will need to cut two birds for each ornament. This is what I did. If you are going to cut two, remember to reverse your bird pattern before you trace it the second time. Otherwise you will only have two fronts, and not a back.
2. Cut out your birds and adhere your front and back sides together. Embellish the birds with touches of glitter. I added glitter to the polka dots on the red bird. The green bird had no embellishment, so I added a heart and flower cut out from some paper and then added glitter around the edge of the heart. Have fun with this. Here’s your chance to add whatever detailing you would like to the main body of each bird.
3. Machine stitch about 1/8″ in from the edge around each ornament. If you don’t have a machine, you can always hand-stitch, or just skip this step altogether.
4. For the wings, cut one piece of patterned paper to 2 3/4″ x 4″. You will need one piece for each bird. Score at 1/4″ intervals lengthwise and then accordion fold. I used the scoring tool on my personal trimmer, but you can also use a ruler and a stylus, or even the back of a butter knife, to get your crease lines. Punch a 1/4″ hole in the center of each bird. I enlarged my hole just a bit more than that by taking little nips around that original hole with my hole punch. You might have to play with this a bit to get your opening large enough to insert your pleated wings. Once inserted, fan the paper out.
5. Add trim to the end of each wing using craft glue. Of if you would like to be able to remove the wings each year for ease of storage, leave the wings without trim.
6. Tie a hemp bow around each neck. A dot of glue at the base of the neck will hold that string in place. Add a mini bell and tie the cord into a bow.
7. Add pearls or other embellishment for the eyes.
8. Punch a micro hole at the back edge of the bird, above the wings for balance, and add a string for the hanger.
Enjoy everyone! Let me know if you give this a try. I would love to see how your birds turn out.
Have a great day everyone!
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