I’ve been making some new ornaments for my tree again. If you missed it, I showed some of the ornaments we already have on our memory tree HERE. Some of them are purchased and some are homemade. Each year my youngest daughter and I make at least a couple special ornaments together.
This year we decided to try something a bit different that we had seen a picture of. Here are the steps.
You will need:
2 pieces of coordinating fabric, each measuring 6 1/2″ x 6″.
2 pieces of fusible fabric adhesive, also 6 1/2″ x 6″.
2 pieces of lightweight poster board, measuring 6 1/2″ x 6″
Hot glue gun
Begin by ironing a piece of fusible adhesive to the BACK of each of your fabric choices. (I’ve cut the fabric pieces, poster board and fusible adhesive in half in the pictures shown so mine are 3 1/4″ x 6″)
Remove the paper backing from the fusible adhesive and iron it to one piece of poster board. On the OTHER side of the same piece of poster board, iron the COORDINATING fabric so that you end up with the poster board sandwiched between 2 different pieces of coordinating fabric.
As an example here are 2 fabrics I put together, one on either side of a piece of poster board.
Here is another combination with poster board sandwiched between them.
Trim any threads or exposed bits of poster board from around the edges of the poster board sandwiches to make the edges clean and even. Then using your ruler, mark off 1/2″ strips. Each strip will be 1/2″ x 6″. You should have a total of 12 strips of each coordinating fabric set.
Cut the strips with scissors (Or a rotary cutter if you have one)
Take 6 of the strips and weave them with 3 facing each direction to expose the different fabric choices.
Twist the edge pieces as shown and secure them with a dab of hot glue. It can help to place a paper clip over the place where you just glued to keep them in place. It gets hard to hold them at this point. I also placed a dab of glue where they crossed over each other near the center.
Continue until you have all 4 corners done and your snowflake looks like this. Then take the remaining 6 strips and make another one in the exact same manner.
You should end up with something like this.
Place one upside down over the other and offset them so the folded corners line up with one of the straight strips on the piece beneath.
Tuck the straight strips into the corresponding folded pieces to anchor the two snowflakes together.
At this point I placed a tiny dab of hot glue at the tip of each straight piece and glued it to the folded one to keep them secure. Then I trimmed the edges of the points.
Take a piece of string or ribbon and loop it through one of the points of the snowflake. Knot it. This forms your hanging loop.
They are really pretty and there is no end of fabric combinations and color schemes you can make.
Some of them I left with the straight bits untrimmed so they aren’t all the same.