Homemade Christmas Ornaments
"Woven Paper Ornaments"
Submitted by Marcia Stehouwer
With the availability of all kinds of fancy papers, this year I chose to do some paper weaving in order to create the annual Christmas ornaments.
Choose a subject. These are the shapes I make every year for my nieces and nephews. There should be at least 2 varieties of colour, but the heart had four.
For weaving, slash (weave) the paper leaving about an inch at each end. I did a width of about 3 – 4 inches, depending on how big you want the ornaments. Mine were about 3 inches wide, with the shapes being about an inch and a half.
Here you can see the weaving. Apply a backing (I used mailing stickers that I had handy from something else, and this kept the weaving intact when I cut out the shapes.
The original intent was to go with white “matting” but that changed after I started the hearts.
Cut a piece of your weaving just a bit larger than your cutout. This doesn’t need to have the same shape, so you can get more out of your “fabric”. Glue or attach this to your matting.
As you can see for the sheep, I did some drawing in of heads, tails, and feet.
For the tree I paper punched a circle for the top and placed some brown paper for the trunk.
I hope these instructions are helpful.