Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Glittered Paper Ornament Tutorial

Hi and I hope you are all enjoying visiting Joli Paquet! I can just feel the excitement and want to thank you for taking the time to visit. I truly believe being creative is good for the soul and it is my hope you are getting inspiration here to be creative.  

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I started making these little vintage wallpaper rosette ornaments last year. I used them around my house and sold a few in my shop. Today I am going to share the tutorial with you. They are really super easy to make and look great on a tree, on a package, as garland, or just hanging here and there by themselves.

Now I do them a certain way which I developed by trial and error. Please feel free to make the project your own. I might be doing it the hard way...LOL. In fact I encourage you to make it your own and express your creativity! I will suggest certain products to use, but you can substitute what you have on hand. Today I will be using scrapbook paper for the tutorial photos but I love making them from vintage wallpaper as in the photos above.

Tutorial - Glittered Paper Ornament

Before I start I will let you know this is my first ever online tutorial. I have a new respect for those that do tutorials online! I apologize ahead of time for my not so great photos but I hope you will get the idea anyway. So let's get started.

Supplies Needed:

* Glue or double sided tape (I like to use Golden Gel Medium, love this stuff!)
* Glue for glitter (I use Modge Podge)
* Glitter - clear (I love to use Diamond Dust for these but I also use glitter from Little Pink Studio)
* Brush to apply glue (I buy the foam ones so I can just throw them out when they get to goopy)
* Paper trimmer or scissors
* Ruler if you are using scissors instead of a paper trimmer
* Scallop or any pair of decorative scissors
* Bulldog clips or clothespins
* Buttons
* Ribbons
* Paper (vintage wallpaper, scrapbook paper, ledger paper, wrapping paper, etc.)

I will list the step first and then the photos that corresponds to the step.

Step 1: Pick out the paper you would like to use for your ornament.

Step 2: Cut your paper approximately 3" wide x 10" long. This can really be any size, it will just change the size of your finished ornament. So feel free to experiment. You can cut with your paper with a trimmer or scissors then use your decorative scissors to scallop/shape the two long edges.

Step 3: Fold your cut paper piece into an accordion fold. Again you can make your folds any size. I make mine about 1/2" so that my ribbon will be covered up (see step 6).

You should end up with something that looks like this.
Step 4: Fold your accordion piece in half both ways and crease really well.

Step 5: Tie about a 12" to 14" piece of ribbon around your folded crease. I just tie in a knot. You can use any kind of ribbon but I love to use seam binding.

Step 6: Glue your ribbon down to the paper. This is where I use the Golden Gel Medium. This stuff holds anything! But please don't go out and buy it just for this project. Any craft glue will work. I actually tried double sided tape when doing the tutorial and it seemed to work. I would just be concerned about how long it would hold.

Step 7: Add more glue or tape on top of your ribbon.

Step 8: Fold your two sides together so they will be glued together.

Step 9: Use a bulldog clip or clothespin to hold your paper together while it dries. If you are using double sided tape you will not need to use the clips.

Step 10: Repeat steps 6 through 9 (minus the ribbon) for the other side of your ornament.

Step 11: If you are using the glue method you might want to add clips to the back of the ornament too. Now let your ornament dry. Once dry remove your clips.

Step 12: Add a button with glue. I use the Golden Gel Medium here too (any craft glue will do). Let it dry a little before you move to step 13.

Step 13: Paint glue on the peaks of the ornament and on the button.  I just use an old cheap paint brush for this step. You will want to go down the side of each peak just a little as this is where your glitter will go. For this step I use Modge Podge but any glitter glue will work. Just make sure you apply a thin coat so it doesn't run down into the valleys of your ornament.

Step 14: The fun part. Add your glitter on top of the glue! Be generous and make sure you get your glue covered. Pour the extra glitter off. Set aside and let dry completely. (Remember to save the extra glitter your poured off.)

Step 15: You are done! Now you can use your little ornament. Below I made a garland. I just tied the ribbon onto another piece of long ribbon. You could make it as long as you want. This would be great hanging down a stairway rail. 

I also tied one as a package ornament. Just add another piece of paper on the back cut in a circle. Then write the recipients name on it. Not only will they get the present but a handmade ornament from you! How cool is that?

I hope you have enjoyed this fun little tutorial! I enjoyed putting it together for you! Please be sure and post your ornaments to the Flickr group. Should you have any questions please email me!

Happy Ornament making and don't forget to sign up for the handmade stocking give away. Sign ups end tonight. I will draw a winner tomorrow.



LiLi M. said...

Thanks! First time or not, this is a great tutorial! Clear and inspiring!

Lori said...

Cindy, your tutorial is perfect!!! the ornaments are darling, and your instructions are clear and so easy to follow...i will definitely be making some of these cuties!!!

Robin said...

one of the best tutorials I've seen! Taking the time to show each step is wonderful! This turned out so cute!

cupcake studio said...

Those are soooo pretty & sparkly! Thanks for the lovely tutorial!

Kristen Pare said...

Cindy, the tutorial is easy to follow and sounds great! I LOVE using them in a garland. I can't wait to try this, I have the perfect spot. Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer said...

I remember seeing these in your your shop last year and loved them. I will be adding these to all my gifts this year...Thanks so much!!!! Very easy to follow tot!

Unknown said...

OH Cindy! THank you so much for showing us how to do these! I have always wondered how and your tutorial is perfect!! I am going to make some of these today!

BIG hugs,

Plum Blossom Lane said...

Great tutorial!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

This would be a great project to the grands to help with. Thanks for the tutorial! I like using them in a garland but will make some for package decorations too.

Dede Warren said...

Thanks so much Cindy for the tutorial! I love these little rosettes, and will be sure to sue them on packages this Christmas, as I have decide to go green, and handmade as much as possible this year. Thanks for helping me do that with these sweet little embellishments!!!

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Cindy,

Great job very easy to follow your steps :c} These will be fun to make and use as a quick fluff on a gift!!! Thanks so much.

Pattie :c}
Mazatlan Mexico

PS I love when it's a tutorial that I can find things that will work here to do the project with :c}

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial!! These are so sweet - I can't wait to make up a bunch!! Thank you!

Little Pink Studio said...

Love them Cindy!
Great tutorial!!
I'm going to have to try these too!
~Cerri xo

Cyndi said...

These are the cutest! I can't wait to make them. And, your tutorial is super easy to understand. Your pictures are nice, too. Please post more; you have a knack for it!

The Little Miss said...

I thhink that you did the best tutorial Ive ever seen,. I alway shave questions after all the ones I see and with yours you just did it so well I have none...I got every step and im excited to make these!
thank you

Decor To Adore said...

What a great tutorial! Thank you so much!

Lorrie said...

A great tutorial, very clear. I love the little ornaments - they will make great package decorations!


Melissa said...

Wow, I have a craft day set up for Friday and this is going on the do make list. Thanks for the great tutorial!!

Unknown said...


It was perfect! Your photos look great! I like all the glitter on them.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this....I have been wondering how to make these flowers forever said...


Josie-Mary said...

This is great Cindy - I think even I could do this!!! I'm going to make some to go on the front on my Christmas hampers it'll be an extra gift too. Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Cindy, thank you so much for the tut! i can't wait to get started on these with some of my wallpaper stash. Jodi B.

Preppy Mama said...

Beautiful! Love it!! Thanks for an awesome tutorial!!!

Holly Campbell said...

Wonderful tutorial! The pictures and instructions are great! I can't wait to look through my paper supply and make some of these. I also like the idea of the garland--so creative! Thanks for sharing!

Linda Summerfield Crispell said...

Joli Paquet is two for two! I have loved both craft projects and I am embarrassed to admit that I had no clue how either project was made until I saw the tutorials! Thank you for this wonderful experience.

Teacher Kelly said...

so lovely! Thanks for the fun tips!


Deborah Everton said...

Oh how LOVE these little ornaments! I'm making a bunch for my holiday prezzies. Thanks for a perfect tutorial....really the best!

Katie Watson said...

Thank you so much!! This was a great tutorial and now I know what to do with my kids during vacation! We'll use up a bunch of scraps and make cute ornaments!!

makemeamemory said...

Thanks for the great photos and details! Will make these for sure.

Noël said...

Thank you so much for sharing this! The tutorial was great- easy to follow. You did a fabulous job!

Shannon (Faith and Chocolate) said...

LOVE these little ornaments, Cindy! I'll be making a few of these, myself! ;) Great job on your first tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Great tutorial and a darling project! Something even I could do!! LOL

Linda Jo said...

Excellent! I'm makin those!!!

Recycled Rita said...

I love these! I think I make a garland of them! Thanks for the tutorial! karen....

Heidi said...

Wonderful tutorial! I've made these but haven't yet perfected my method (and am not very successful) so I'm thankful for your tutorial and tips! I'm off to make some now...
Happy Weekend!!

ShabbyInTheCity said...

So, so cute! I'm gonna do it :)

Jill said...

Wow! This is a wonderful tutorial and definitely something I think I can do. :)

Donna Layton said...

Cindy....these are amazing. You have a lot of patience. Makes me feel lazy:) Are you selling them? I can go check.

Debe said...

Elizabeth Williams sent me to your tutorial. Thanks so much...I just love these little bon bons! You have made a fan in me!

Deb M. said...

Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial. I just made my first rosette. Your instructions were so easy to follow. Great job!!

Sandy said...


Thanks so very much for posting this quick, easy, and clear tutorial! I just followed your directions and whipped up several of these to us as gift tag and ornament ideas for my Christmas packages! Love this idea. Have a blessed holiday season!

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SharDon Exclusives said...

Love love love this!!! (and I thought I would not make any more ornaments this I am going to try this one NOW!
Thank you sooo much for the tutorial.

Marlene said...

These are so pretty and the tutorial is excellant. More please lolol. I simply can not get enough of these tutorials. :}

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