Friday, November 19, 2010

The 12 Days of Ornaments: Day 6

Scalloped Tree

Circle Tree
Hi everyone--This is Elaine and I am very excited to have Day 6 - the halfway point.  These ornaments are paper trees made from the beautiful papers from Pink Paislee and The Girls Paperie.  The first tree is Father Christmas - Stockings  and the next one is Tinsel & Twig - Festive Brocade.  Below are the supplies that you will need to create the trees.  You can use a plain circle or you can use a scalloped circle - I did both.  Cut your circles so that each one is 1/2" larger than the previous one.  I cut mine at 3"  3 1/2" & 4".  I used the Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge to cut the scallops.  My trees have 3 tiers - feel free to add more.

Paint your wooden skewer with paint that coordinates with your paper.
If you use a scallop and it has an odd number of scallops you will need to find the center point and fold each "valley" of the scallop to the center point.  Do this all the way around. 
If you use a plain circle you will fold the circle in half.  Make sure you crease well ( a bone folder is a great tool for this).
Fold in half again.
The next fold is not tricky - just fold in half again but fold to the outside.  You do this because the thickness of the paper will not allow a good fold if you go the other way.

When you are done with this step your paper should look like a "W"
Give the center a good squeeze or if you know Miss Tracy a good "peeench"

Open the circle and now you are going to fold along the crease lines you have made.  You are going to pinch them to form peaks.  Do this all the way around.
When you are finished this is the way they should look.  The tighter you pinch the top and press the folds, the narrower your tree will be - I liked mine a little fluffier  :) I also inked the edges - I used Quick Quotes chalk ink colors Bloody Mary and Green with Envy. Hmmm - Love the names...and they are available at the LBH
Poke a hole in the center of each circle with a paper piercer.  This is the Tim Holtz Retractable Craft Pick from Tonic Studios.  We carry them at the Little Bue House.

Take your painted wooden skewer and put it through the hole - start with the largest folded circle.  Be careful you do not want to tear your paper.
Now place a little dab of glue around the skewer where it meets the paper. I used Helmar 450 - I like it because it sets fast and is thick enough that it stays in place.
Trim skewer so it is just above the bottom circle - leave just a little poking through the top to attach the star 

Notice the sparkle.  I love glimmer - First I sprayed with Shimmerz and touched with Stickles. On the black & cream paper I used Concrete Shimmerz and Platinum Stickles.  On the red and cream I used Rolling in the Hay Shimmerz and Diamond Stickles. We carry all these products at the LBH 
Here is a picture of the Lotions and Potions on this project.

Hang in there (no pun intended) we are almost done.  Attach a star (I used 3/4" Fiskars punch) to either end of ribbon hanger.  Put adhesive on stars and press to either side of top skewer.

Thanks for creating with me!  And by the way... these would make great placecard holders on a table and then you could let each guest have a tree as a favor. 
Don't forget to leave a comment about my ornament and share with me your favorite Christmas Cookie.
 We are picking winners every day....and speaking of winners, here is the winner of Day 5's Ornament......

Lynn Trussell
Congratrulations Lynn! Please contact the LBH to claim your ornament!

Keep crafting and Merry Christmas!


  1. AWESOME tutorial, Elaine!

    hmmmm... favorite Christmas cookie? You mean just one????? Sheesh! You are the tough questions!

    I would have to say the peanut butter thumb prints with the hershey's kiss.... I adore those!

    I'll see you girls tomorrow at our PACKED house of classes! It's gonna be so much fun!

  2. So very cute...and glimmery, and easy favorite part is the hanger..I never would have thought to make it like that,,,,great idea..

    I make oatmeal scotchies every year and send them off to brother started it because he always asks for the crumbs....he eats them as breakfast cereal....and it actually is good that way,

    Happy Holidays

  3. Awesome tree ornaments. I will definitely be trying these out.

    Hmmmm, favorite Christmas cookie? Gotta be the Snickerdoodle. My Mom and I always made them growing up at Christmas time and now I am carrying on the tradition with my two daughters.

  4. Super cute tree ornament!

    My favorite Christmas cookie is just the plain and simple Sugar Cookie! With lots of icing!

  5. Love these wee little trees! So cute. Definitely gotta be sugar cookies for me!

  6. Trees on Trees ...O' Christmas Tree. Very cute and good tutorial, Five layer Bar that my Mom used to make so chewy and good.

  7. Elaine I love your trees!!!:)
    Great directions,especially--(Give the center a good squeeze or if you know Miss Tracy a good "peeench") hahaha :)
    My favorite christmas cookie is homemade santa sugar cookies :)

  8. Oh my gosh! I Love this! I think I will have to recreate this for sure! My favorite Christmas cookie is the PB cookies with hershey kisses in the middle! SO YUMMY!

  9. Great job Elaine! I knew you could do it. The ornament is very cute! I'm getting out my circle punches now.

  10. this is precious and looks so easy to try so I will just have to give it a go :)

    My favorite cookie...not sure what they are called but they are sugarie with a hersey's kiss in the middle. YUM

  11. I am loving every ornament! Thank you all for sharing your talent with us. My favorite Christmas cookie is a Butter Cookie. It is from an old German recipe that was passed down through a friend's family.

  12. What a cute ornament. I will be making one or five this weekend. Thanks for the idea.

  13. Frosted cut out sugar cookies in Christmas shapes!
    What a cute tree ornament,love it!

  14. I love the Christmas Trees. Super cute! My favorite cookie is chocolate chip.

  15. Oh so cute ornaments!! Your directions were GREAT!! I'll make some next year after the wedding!!
    My favorite Christmas cooking is an oatmeal one with pecans, raisins, and Maraschino cherries-have used this for 45 years!!

  16. Great job Elaine!! And you used two of my favorite products, shimmer and stickles:). Maybe we should start a glimmer club:-) hum...favorite cookie? I'm not a big cookie person (and you already know I love peanut brittle)...I do like gingerbread cookies.

  17. Wow, this is a great tutorial. Such a simple design, yet a fabulous and unusual result! I also love Stickles - Diamond is my forever favourite.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    Favourite cookie at Christms? It has to be Jane's almond shortbreads.. she sent them over to my DS's party last year, for the chocolate fondue.. they were tooooo good!

  18. Yep, I love simple and this one is just simply beautiful! I love old fashioned sugar cookies

  19. My mom's gingerbreads are awesome - especially since she always goes to the trouble of making lil' men and women who look like us! But cookies I can't stop eating... gotta be snickerdoodles!

    Love the ornament Elaine! Great tutorial.

  20. Love how the ornament turned out Elaine & great instructions.

    Favorite cookie .... oatmeal w/pecans, but also sandtarts.

    Really enjoying all the great ornaments by everyone!

  21. This one is my new favorite. Very cute.

  22. I won! Thanks Ladies! How cool is this! And how cute are these lil' trees! I love 'em

  23. forgot my cookie...peanut butter balls! yum!

  24. gotta try this one! Thanks for sharing!


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