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Paper clip snowflakes

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Cheri-I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday Season so far.

These are two ornament that I made from paper clips.

Supplies

Large paper clips

Round nose pliers

Grommets

Small gauge wire

Glue

I first started by experimenting  with different paperclip bends.  I knew that I wanted to make a snowflake so I made sure that I would have a way to connect them to each other. After I had a pattern I liked, I began to work on the connection. The grommets worked great for the 2nd snowflake as I had a loop to affix it to. The top one I decided to wire, after I wired it I put a drop of E-6000 on each wire. This stabilized the connection.

Hope you are enjoying our Christmas countdown and again Happy Holildays.

 

 

Vintage Button Christmas Tree Ornament

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Loryn: I had some vintage green corduroy that I wanted to make into an ornament, so I made up the tree before deciding how to decorate it. I’ve collected buttons since we inherited my great-grandmother’s button box when I was six, so buttons seemed like a natural fit. Quilting or embroidery would look great, too!

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To get started, I drew out a couple tree shapes onto my corduroy, then decided which one I liked best.

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Then I stitched the tree, leaving an opening to turn and stuff it.

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Then I cut out the tree. It’s much easier to sew an irregular shape if you wait and cut it out afterwards.

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Then I turned the tree right side out.

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Then pick out what embellishments you want to use. I picked out buttons for each side of the tree.

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Lightly stuff the tree with batting and stitch the opening closed.

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To sew the buttons on, add one at the front and one at the back and stitch both on at the same time. When finished sewing through both button shanks or holes twice, make a quick knot underneath the button, and run the needle through the middle of the ornament to the next button location, without cutting the thread.

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Make a hanging loop at the top after you’ve sewn on the “stars” and your tree is ready to hang!

— Loryn