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Monday, December 19, 2011

Honeycomb Ornament Tutorial

It's taken a bit longer to pull together the tutorial for the honeycomb ornaments made from vintage book pages than I expected.

I was hoping to retake some photos, but my camera is on the fritz.   I'm freaking out just a little tiny bit, as I always have projects in the works, and it's Christmas time, and I need my camera!


Start by choosing the paper you want to use to create your ornaments.  I used pages from the same book used to create my woven stars.  These are nice big sheets that can be used whole, quartered, halved, or cut into thirds to create the desired size and shape of ornament. 


Here, I quartered the pages to create the size of paper that was needed.


The quartered sheets were then folded in half -- I folded several at a time.


Next, a pretty profile shape was drawn to create a template, and that template was used to trace the cutting pattern onto the folded paper -- again, I would cut out several at one time.


The folded shapes were then glued together, placing the leaves "back to back"....


...until I had a a stack of about two dozen pieces.  You really need at least that many pieces to create a successful honeycomb.  A few of mine were made with only eighteen pieces, and they are not as pretty as the ones created with a minimum of twenty-four pieces.  For very large ornaments, you will need even more pieces.  It is also important to have an even number of pieces.


When the glue has dried on your stack of folded leaves, bring the front and back leaves together to form your basic shape.  I clipped mine in place while the glue dried.


These ornaments look beautiful in their simple fan shape!


Seriously.  You could stop. right. here. and have a stunning display!


Or, you could create your honeycomb.  The more leaves you've used, the more detailed your honeycomb pattern can be.


Add some glitter, and add a pretty hanger, if you like, and you have these beautiful recycled ornaments.


They make lovely gifts, individually packaged in pretty gift boxes, or hang them all together from your mantel.


Be prepared for lots of oooohs and ahhhhhs, as these little ornaments are show stoppers!


Mine are displayed on my Christmas mantel, along with some mercury glass balls, and vintage frames.... wish I could show you all.  Hopefully the camera issues will be resolved in a few days:)



Love mixed media? You might like this post on how to make mixed media flowers.  Or click here for several easy art tutorials.



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20 comments:

  1. Fab and easy to follow instructions, thank you...a great way to sue up scraps for any sort of celebration too!

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  2. I have been waiting on you to give this tutorial. I appreciate you giving it. Thanks.

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  3. Thank you for sharing these...great tutorial. Would love to have you come by and enter my AWESOME GIVEAWAY.
    Merry Christmas!
    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Oh my golly! I'm speechless at this beauty! Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com/2011/12/co-hosting-pinteresting-link-party-week.html. Happy holiday! My

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  5. Sparkly awesomeness! Who wouldn't want keep going...that honeycomb detail brings it to a whole other level...from show-stopping to heart-throb-strobe-light-stop-the-traffic KRAZINESS!

    Love them...can't you tell?

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  6. Merry Christmas Amanda, Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Linda

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  7. these are really pretty! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. :)
    tm

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  8. Gorgeous ornaments and thank you for the tutorial

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  9. I've always loved vintage honeycomb decorations. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make my own!

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  10. Hello there and thankyou for another beautiful idea. Everyone says the directions were clear so I feel pretty stupid...but you glued the whole leaf to the next one (making it double thickness) not just the spine of the fold right? And was wondering what glue you used...a glue stick would work?
    Thanks again..you're awesome.

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    1. I'm sorry not to have replied to this sooner -- blogger is not notifying me of all my comments, apparently, so I just saw your comment. Yes, I am actually gluing the leaves together. This is a much stronger bond than just gluing the spine, plus it gives the paper more "body". These ornaments are pretty sturdy. I used a clear drying glue. Glue stick will work -- just make sure it is a good quality adhesive that is permanent.
      ~Amanda

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  11. Hi,
    I love these honeycomb ornaments but I'm a bit confused as to the gluing of the "leaves". Could you possibly explain again where exactly you glue them together? Do you glue two pieces together??...Do you glue the spine at the folds?? Please explain with possibly photos as a picture is worth a thousand words!
    I'm hoping you'll reply as I noticed the previous commenter never got your reply either and I'm left hanging!
    Thanks so much...I hope!
    Susan

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    1. Susan, I'm sorry I have not been getting notice for all my comments, so I just saw the previous comment and your comment. I think I addressed your questions in the previous reply? Hopefully?
      ~Amanda

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  12. Love the ornaments - I'm going to try some tomorrow!

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  13. Ladybug..this tutorial is totally epic (as my grand daughter would say). It will be put to good use for next year's christmas tree.

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    1. Thanks! This is a really fun ans easy project! I can't wait to see what you do -- be sure to share.

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  14. I am all over this! I see an evening of wine and honeycomb ornaments in my immediate future! Thanks for the tutorial...

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    1. No problem! I'm always happy to give a woman a reason to open a bottle of wine!

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  15. I just love them and had already planned to use book paper to cover my old ornaments. This will really finish the trimmings. Ok, now to make the time make them! Many thanks.

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    1. Dana, I'm so glad you like these! They really are so gorgeous in real life!

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