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Easy Dimensional Christmas Ornament

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This is a super easy ornament that even the kids can help make.
This is the basic ornament shown in white for clarity.

Materials Needed

card stock, plain or patterned
brads, from the scrapbook section at the craft store
thread, or light weight string for hanging. A single strand of embroidery floss is perfect.

Tools Needed

paper cuter or trimmer. Scissors will work but you do not get as smooth of a cut.
1/4 inch paper punch
 
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Step 1: The Strips

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Cut the card stock into a strip 4, 5, or 6 inches wide.
Then cut this into narrow strips 1/2 ,5/8 or 3/4 inch wide.
I have found that the 4 inch length and 1/2 wide, and the 5 and 6 inch length and 5/8 or 3/4 inch sizes works well.
With the hole punch make a hole in both ends of each strip about 1/8 inch from the end and centered.
You will need 8 to 12 strips for each ornament.
The more strips you use the more solid the ornament will look, but it is also harder to open.

The 4 inch strip gives you an ornament about 2.25 inch diameter,
the 5 inch about 3 inch diameter, and 6 inch just under 4 inch diameter.

Experiment with colors and color combinations, such as alternating red and white strips.
You could also decorate the card stock before cutting it into strips.
Use already decorated card stock from scrap booking material.
You do not have to have straight edges on the strips. 
If you have a cuter with a patterned wheel you could use that.

Step 2: Putting it together

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Stack the strips on top of each other and put a brad through each end.
Open the back of the brad up to hold them all together.
If you are using a patterned card stock I have found that it is best to try to keep them in the order they were cut.
This keeps the pattern together.
The photo shows one end connected, also what the brads look like.
Kiteman2 years ago
These are a classic seasonal Make, but using old cards is a novel touch.

I used to make a version of this that was two of these globes, a small one above a large one. I drew coal buttons on the bottom globe, and eyes on the upper, and it was a snowman.
daveda (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
I love the snowman idea.

You could do three graduated globes with the smallest on top and the bottom brad through a square of card stock for a free standing tree.

I have made these globes with the strips cut in a sort of S shape, that gives a spiral effect to the globe.