Tutorial: Origami Vintage Style Indent Ornament

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It has been so long since I blogged!  I got married and then had a baby and life got crazy!  I wasn’t really creating much other than the occasional baby thing.  Out of sheer necessity this year I came up with these ornaments.  My daughter will be one on December 28th, so this is her FIRST Christmas.  We are beyond excited but my heart fell a little when I realized I can’t/won’t put my vintage mercury glass ornaments on the tree.  My Daughter is walking and into everything so for both safety and to save them (many are family ornaments), I have decided not to use them.  I am also not the type to just go out and purchase ugly shatterproof bulbs.  I am not a fan of plastic.

So through pinterest research I found this: diamond

I decided to make it recycled by using book pages.  However – it looks ok as a “bulb” style piece but while playing with I flipped it around to make it have an indented middle and fell in love.

So here is how to do it!  If you are using a thinner paper or book page you will want to back it with cardstock.

  1. Cut (2) 3 in squares from paper and cardstock. If you plan on decorating it above you will need (1) 3 in square of foil paper too.

 

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2. Fold each paper/foil square as show below.  SKIP the last step!: (click to enlarge)

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3. Glue book page paper to cardstock, making sure it lines up appropriately.  Re-crease sections.

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4.  Give that a few minutes to dry.  Meanwhile cut the sections of the foil apart.

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5.  Once the 2 pieces are drier, push the middle of one section through to make it the reverse.

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6.  Line up the points of each section and glue it together, holding down each section as you go.

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7.  Let that dry for a little bit….

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8. Line up and glue the foil sections alternating around the ornament.

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9.   From here you can really decorate it any way you would like. Sequins glitter paint etc.  For the other foil decorations, I used a Fiskar’s narrow heart punch.  For this to punch properly, I had to layer it with copy paper.  Cut 4.

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10.  Fold the small hearts in half and glue alternating around the ornament.  Top it off with a sequin glued in the middle.  For the hanger, I took a thumbtack and made a small hole in the top and curled some floral wire.

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I can’t wait to put them on my tree and not have to worry about my daughter breaking anything glass!

Enjoy!

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Remote Control Outlets

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So this post was going to be about my christmas decorations, but my digital camera’s battery won’t take a charge AGAIN and my iPad camera just won’t cut it for the pictures I want.  So while I wait for Amazon to ship my new battery, I will share about this great little invention I stumbled upon while at Lowes looking for replacement C9 bulbs.  I am always sick of climbing under the tree to plug it in.  We had a button that you stepped on at one point to turn it on and that broke or is now MIA.  For $20, I got 3 outlet adapters that you just plug in to your regular outlet.  Each adapter has 2 plug-ins and you get 1 remote control to turn on/off all 3!  Right now I have our tree and our front candle lights plugged into one and I will have my kitchen lights plugged in to the other 2.  Now I can easily turn the lights on and off with the remote!  It is so nice and super easy, no timers to figure out either or that don’t work right!

Just a preview of my christmas decorations:

My silver chalkboard platter: (pardon the quality it was an iPad shot)

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Almost 6 ft Bed Spring Christmas Tree

As many of you already know this past weekend,  I went down to Clopman’s Furniture to setup my largest bed spring christmas tree yet!  Towering at almost 6 feet tall and using over 290 springs, this has been my largest achievement yet.  It is decorated with all recycled soda can ornaments and a recycled soda can chain.  It has been entered into the Massena Chamber of Commerce Window Decorating Contest, which I believe the judging will happen tonight.  The tree will be up through christmas so stop in and check it out, or if you are driving buy look in the first set of windows!

As I have already explained photos of bed springs are really hard to take and this looks much more impressive in person!

I will also have mini trees for sale at the St Lawrence County Chamber Craft, Food and Wine show this weekend at Cheel Arena at Clarkson University, Friday from 12 – 8 Saturday from 9 – 5!

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Bed Spring Wreath with Magnetic Book Page Flowers

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Another Christmas Decoration Set, now available in my Etsy Shop.   Some of you may also remember this set from my last show!  Created from squares cut from an old book, featuring a center cut from a cereal box, painted and glittered.

Check back tomorrow for my first post on a Bed Spring Christmas Tree!  Down the road I also hope to provide a tutorial on how to make these lovely flowers, I just haven’t had the time!
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Recycled Soda Can Poinsettia Decoration Set

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My first Christmas wreath of the season, similar to the Recycled Book Page Dahlias, except made out of Diet Cherry Pepsi Cans!  I made two different size flowers just so they don’t overwhelm the wreath.  I hope to make a bunch more in this style, in several different colors throughout the seasons!

    
Enjoy!  Someday I might share this tutorial  right now I’m keeping it a secret b/c it is a lot of work :).
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Recycled Candy Cane Decoration Set

With Halloween over its beginning to feel a little like Christmas time.  We haven’t seen any snow yet up where we live which is shocking, but I’m sure it won’t be long.  In preparation for Christmas I created this cute candy cane magnetic decoration set for my bed spring wreaths.

Created by twisting and shaping strips cut from a soda can!

I am honestly trying to work on my photography.  That is going to be one of my goals for the new year!  This set will be with me at the North Country Department Store this Saturday, November 5th in Philadelphia, NY at the Indian River School. 
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Quilled Soda Can Snowflakes

I had been working with quilling strips of soda can for awhile now and trying to come up with some decent shapes made out of them.  For those of you that don’t know quilling traditionally is the coiling and shaping of narrow strips of paper into designs.  I decided to move this into a recycled effort and do it with soda can since soda can really has the ability to easily hold the shape.  Although a time consuming process I think the end result is wonderful.

 I hope to have some wreath decoration sets, ornament sets as well as individual ornaments made out of these for upcoming shows. 
Don’t forget this weekend is the First Uniquely Northern NY Upcycled Art Show in the Cheel Commons at Clarkson University from 10 – 4.  We have 10 recycled artisans and crafters attending the show and it is sure to be one-of-a-kind!  Stop by and check it out!
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Recycled Soda Can Snowflakes

With snow in the forecast in Northern NY, what better way to welcome it than make some recycled soda can snowflake decoration sets for my bed spring wreaths.  I’m not sure I like this set b/c you can’t really see them all that well.  They are only about 1 in x 1 in and the silver just doesn’t pop that much, so I’m going to work on some others, but thought I would share these anyways.  I created the snowflakes using a Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch :).
It has been a crazy week!  I am getting everything together for the Uniquely NNY Upcycled Art Show this Saturday Oct 29th from 10 – 4 in the Cheel Commons at Clarkson University!  As of right now I have 11 artisans that recycle signed up!  

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My Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas

I love Mercury Glass.  It has a rustic but elegant quality.  This is the second year I have decorated our tree with vintage ornaments and beads. Some actually from both of my grandmothers as well as some I have purchased myself on Etsy.

Our Tree

My Favorite Bulb – not really sure why?

 Christmas themed soda boxes with chalkboard message blocks as well as mercury glass bulbs:

 My non-vintage mercury glass candle holder centerpiece:

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My Vintage Mercury Glass Christmas

I love Mercury Glass.  It has a rustic but elegant quality.  This is the second year I have decorated our tree with vintage ornaments and beads. Some actually from both of my grandmothers as well as some I have purchased myself on Etsy.

Our Tree

My Favorite Bulb – not really sure why?

 Christmas themed soda boxes with chalkboard message blocks as well as mercury glass bulbs:

 My non-vintage mercury glass candle holder centerpiece:

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