Friday, October 10, 2014

★{May Your Days Be Merry & Bright…}★ by Shannon

Christmas is coming and there's nothing better than a homemade project. Shannon Morgan here today to get you started on your Christmas crafting!  The ornament I'm sharing today can double as a money holder or sweet treat holder.  You can present it as is...or leave it for someone to find nestled in the branches of the tree Christmas morning!

I'm going to show you how to create this cute ornament with some really great tips! 

It's an ornament that packs in a lot of detail, but is simple and clean!  I've given you a little tutorial on this project below.

Want to know how to create this little cutie?  Read on for a step by step tutorial! It's like taking a class with me guiding you all the way!  Click on the photos to see a larger image.

1.  Assemble your SRM Square Box. Take an 1/8" Hole punch and punch a hole on two sides on the flaps so you can close the box, have the twine lay right and hang it from the tree. Grab three equal lengths of twine. I chose red, green and pink. Thread the twine through one of the punched holes, tie all three into a knot and repeat on the other side. Your ornament is now able to hang from a tree, a hook, a door knob, depending on the length. 

2.  Pick a side and begin covering. I cut a 2X2 piece of vellum and adhered it to the panel with a few foam dots. I kept them towards the middle so the wouldn't show through the vellum. The next thing I did of course is add an awesome SRM Sticker, Take 2: Stickers By The Dozen/Christmas

3.  I then added sequins in a "perfectly random" pattern. I used clear glue for this, just a dab!

4.  For the second panel I used the red strip of We've Got Your Sticker in Merry, I used two strips because I needed six to cover the panel. I saved any that I had leftover by re-sticking it to the sticker sheet.

5.  The second part to this panel is adding a little detail. Santa's happy face works just perfectly for this. Sticking with the light and airy feel, I turn again to the vellum. Santa's on that same We've Got Your Sticker MerryCut a 1X1 square of vellum, place Santa in the middle and fold over the top right hand corner as shown. Place a foam square on Santa's beard and adhere it to the box as shown. If you'd like a more uniform look, place it in the middle. There's no wrong or right way to do this. 

6.  The third panel is super fun because it's exactly what is says it is: merry & bright! Take a "merry & bright" label from Labels By The Dozen/Christmas. Add a cheery little Gingerbread Man as shown from Stickers By The Dozen/Gingerbread Man. Glue on some more sequins. The heart is a mini punch. I punched out glitter paper and added a foam dot to the back. Adhere it amongst the sequins. (If you don't have a punch, you could use a tiny wood veneer.)

7.  This last panel is mimicking the 2nd panel in it's clarity. The great thing about SRM is that there's a variety of fun patterns and fonts to choose from. Even better? They all coordinate with each other so well! Begin by selecting "Merry Christmas" from Stickers By The Dozen/Christmas. Cut it in half so you have two words instead of one long sentiment. Place the merry in the upper left corner as shown. Place Christmas right under it, this can be imperfect so don't worry about straight lines.  Select "merry & bright" from We've Got Your Border/Christmas. Trim off one sentiment from the border strip. Adhere it to the panel as shown just below Christmas. Grab a red "noel" from We've Got Your Sticker/Merry and adhere it slightly overlapping the "merry and bright". Tuck any overhang onto the bottom. Select "joy" from the same sheet and adhere it to the lower left hand corner. It's ok if most of it ends up on the bottom part of the box. Grab a stocking from Say It With Stickers/Christmas. You're going to cut out the stocking and add it to the top right. I added sequins again and used clear adhesive as mentioned above. I also punched out another heart and placed it next to noel. 

 Thanks for letting me share with you! I hope you have a wonderful day & get inspired!  How many of these little cuties do you plan on making?


~amy~ said...

awesome shannon!

Cindy Groh said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Great work.