Sunday, December 16, 2012

Altered Christmas Ornament

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Robin's Nest.  I know it is almost Christmas, but I have a really quick and easy last-minute project for you.  Honestly, it took me longer to come up with the idea than it did to make it.  But I sure do like how it turned out.  I am a big-time animal lover, and birds are definitely at the top of my list.  So, I am very pleased to show you this really cute ornament to either hang on your tree, or give to a friend.  It could even be attached to a gift with some pretty ribbon.

Supplies used:

Olive Fleur card stock
White Glitter Swirl on White card stock
Mocha Trail Dew Drops
Chocolate Cherry Dew Drops
Velvet Ribbon
Fall Ribbon
Circular dies
Paper corrugator
Holly Leaf punch
Plastic snowflakes
Cardinal with pinecones

As you can see, I started out with an empty tuna fish can.  

I used some circular die cuts that happened to fit rather nicely inside the can, and adhered the Robin's Nest papers Olive Fleur card stock and White Glitter Swirl on White card stock to pieces of chipboard to help cover those ugly ridges in the bottom of the can.  


After adhering the paper/chipboard pieces together, I then glued the entire circular piece to the inside bottom of the can. 

I cut two strips of  White Glitter Swirl on White card stock 12" long by 1-1/4" wide, and ran each through my paper corrugator.  One strip was glued to the inside of the can.  I love how it gave a bit of dimension, texture, and interest.  

Before gluing the second corrugated strip to the outside of the can, I used a bit of gold gilder's paste to color the top and bottom edges of the can.  This will make your life easier because you do not have to try to cover every square inch of the can.  I think it 
makes it quite beautiful, don't you?

Gold gilder's paste applied to top and bottom edges
Now, you can glue the second strip to the outside, and because the ornament  will be seen from both sides, you want to make sure you finish the bottom of the can.  This picture depicts the finished bottom and sides, again using that gorgeous White Glitter Swirl on White card stock.  

Bottom (or back) of ornament
I added the Velvet Ribbon, layered with the Fall Ribbon, around the sides of the can.  I punched a hole in the top of the can and thread a piece of wire through to hold a hanging ribbon.  Then, I punched a few holly leaves from the Olive Fleur card stock, placing them around the wire with some Chocolate Cherry Dew Drops to hide the wire.  After adhering a few Mocha Trail Dew Drops and snowflakes to the inside back, I glued some moss and the Cardinal to the inside bottom.

Side  of can
And here is the ornament shown hanging from my little Christmas tree.  How festive is that?

I hope you have enjoyed my project this week, and thanks so much for stopping by.  I trust you have been inspired by the beautiful products from The Robin's Nest, and I encourage you to visit their online store to see all of their new products, as well as gain lots of creative inspiration right here on their blog.  If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my blog by clicking here.  

I will be back again next year creating cards to share and inspire you.  In the meantime, I want to wish each and every one a very merry Christmas and a wonderful, peaceful, and prosperous New Year.   



Wendy said...

What a cute idea Barbara !

juscrap said...

lovely idea Barbara!

The Robins Nest OCrowley said...

Super cute ornament Barbara!!

Camille Short said...

This is a great project, Barbara!

Katie said...

What an original recycling project! It is so lovely!

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

I lOVE this idea! So pretty!

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