Designer Crafts Connection is having some fun with Christmas in July, using Smoothfoam shapes along with holiday papers and Dew Drops from The Robin's Nest.
I made two paper ornaments, inspired by another designer's tutorial that I found online. For the round one, I punched several 2-1/2" circles to score and glue together. I rimmed the edges with a gold pen and glued red diamond Dew Drops along the edges. I glued a loop of wired trim inside the center for hanging.
For the teardrop, I trimmed out the shapes, then punched dragonflies in the centers. After scoring and folding each teardrop, I alternated the two sides of paper when gluing. I pushed a skewer through a 1" Smoothfoam ball to convert it into a bead, painted it gold and glued clear diamond Dew Drops around it.
After threading a folded length of wire down the center of the ornament (leaving the folded end at the top as a loop for hanging), I added the Smoothfoam bead to the bottom piece of wire, coiled the ends to secure, tied a ribbon at the top and added a hook.
I don't usually put up a Christmas tree anymore, but I do like to display a few of my favorite ornaments on the coffee table at holiday time. A decorated Smoothfoam cube with a shepherd's hook (made from flat floral wire) inserted off-center is a perfect ornament holder. Glue a few pennies or washers to the bottom to weight the cube after painting it. I added a couple fleur de lys diecuts from red glitter cardstock.
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