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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