How to DIY a Paper Tree Ornament
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I have a new paper snowflake tutorial for you because I know how much you guys love DIY tree ornaments. And I have to be honest, I love them too. I have been crafting handmade snowflakes for a couple of years now. I started by gifting them to my friends and family. And the more I created, the more I loved making them. Here’s how to make a paper tree ornament:
Making your own tree ornaments is easy
What you will need to DIY a paper tree ornament
One of the reasons I love working with paper and the quilling technique is that it is affordable and easy to achieve beautiful, eye-catching designs. Here’s what you will need to make your own paper quilling snowflake ornament.
Step 1: prepare the Double tears
My 6-pointed paper snowflake ornament has at its center a flower created from 6 double tear-shaped forms. Each tear is formed from two paper strips, rolled in a loose coil, bent at the middle, and glued at the tips.
In total you will need 12 paper strips to create 6 double tear-shaped forms.
To form the center, just apply center on the sides of the tears and join them together. You might need to apply some pressure before the tacky glue sticks to all the elements.
This DIY paper snowflake features a smaller double tear shape, attached at the extremities. You will need 6 of these, and you will use one paper strip to make one. The process is the same with the double-tear shapes crafted for the center of this ornament.
Step 2: Prepare the rays
The next layer of this quilling snowflake tree ornament is formed from 12 individual marquis (or eye) shapes, glued together in pairs of two (appear as V shapes).
In total you will need 12 paper strips to create 12 individual marquis shapes. You will use one paper strip to create a marquis shape.
To create a marquis shape, roll a paper strip into a loose coil, then use your fingers to press the coil at its ends to give it its pointy design.
Glue two marquis shapes at one of their ends to create a V shape. You will need to create 12 marquis shapes, each shape rolled from one paper strip.
Step 3: Roll the Tight Coils
This is the easiest part of this snowflake quilling tutorial. Just take one paper strip and roll it tight. You will need 12 individual tight coils, each created with one paper strip.
Step 4: Putting it all together
The final step is always the best part of any DIY project. By now you should have a center (flower crafted from 6 double tear shapes), 6 V marquis shapes, 12 tight coils and 6 smaller double tear shapes.
Start by adding glue to the exterior tips of the V marquis shapes and attach them to your center flower. Repeat until you finish the process.
When you are done forming the V shapes and attaching them to the center, use glue to attach each of the individual smaller double-tear shapes to the V-shapes.
The final elements to throw in the mix are the tight coils. Use glue to attach two on each V-shape, one on each side.
Repeat the process until you run out of elements and your tree ornament looks something like this:
If your tree ornament doesn’t look perfect from the first try, relax. Handmade items are supposed to be unique, and are supposed to look like they’ve been made by a human, not a robot. And remember: snowflakes are all unique. Besides, with practice anything gets better.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed this easy DIY Paper Snowflake Quilling Tutorial
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