Well we’re still struggling through sickness over here. Yippee. We’re partaking of the fluids, and getting of the rest. I did manage to put together a little tutorial for today, which is good though, right?
So, I’d like to welcome you to Series 3 – SITUATION CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT-ATION #2! The link to Installment #1 is here just in case you’re curious or need to relive the past.
And speaking of reliving the past… If you think these ornaments are familiar, well you are right. In fact they are made in exactly the same way as these little tissue box house ornaments, using the very same house template and construction techniques.
Shall we elaborate?
Tutorial: Greenhouse Christmas Ornaments
1. You will need:
- Some source of clear, flat plastic. I used the box from a drapery rod set which I bought a couple of years ago. Yep, I’m a hoarder. It’s amazing how many things you can make with ONE of these boxes!
- Gold cord and large needle
- Good quality packing take. I use the space-aged Canada Post brand. It’s crazy-sticky! And no, I do not work for Canada Post.
- Gold dimensional paint
- Small silk or dried flowers. Mine were thrifted for pennies.
- Exacto knife
- Fine marker
Note: You really want to start with super-clean hands so that you don’t leave fingerprints everywhere on your plastic… But you knew that… Wasn’t necessary to tell you… I apologize…
2. With the house template on your piece of plastic, place dots at every inner and outer corner of your template using a marker.
3. Remove the template. Join the dots on the plastic with your exacto knife and a ruler.
4. Cut out all the pieces for the plastic house.
5. Using your exacto knife, score the cutout along the fold lines indicated on the template.
6. Fold the house parts along the fold lines.
7. Now here’s my BIG secret for buiding these houses… I use packing tape. Gasp.
8. So tape em’ up!
9. Keep taping…
10. Throw in some flowers! It is a greenhouse after all.
11. Close it up. Yep, with the tape.
12. Add a hanger with your needle and gold cord.
It’s essentially complete. All you have to do now is take some of that dimensional paint and pretty it up!
So here are my completed little greenhouses…
Why don’t you have a go? Make one for a gardening friend. Use it to decorate a gift. Or hang one in the tree… So many possibilities!
And whilst you’re here, check this out:
Now you go have yourself a fantastic day!