Are you ready to create your own ornaments? Time to gather your supplies!
Design how you want your ornaments to look before you even start cutting. Arrange your wood elements and your Designer Templates to play with different designs. They can be as simple as a single Template on an ornament, or you can have several templates nestled and layered together. Don’t be afraid to go off the edge and load up your ornaments. The design is up to you!
Tip: Shelly found these adorable wooden ornaments at Michaels, and you can find them in any craft store, but you can also create similar ornaments in paper or cardboard using the Designer Templates in your own collection. The wood ornaments Shelly picked out have similar shapes to Joy, Ornament, Gift, Tags, and Tiny Holiday.
Trace and Cut
Designer Templates are made to simplify the design process, but they also make tracing and cutting so incredibly easy. They’re translucent so that you can see the paper pattern beneath.
Shelly shared some techniques that she uses to simplify tracing and cutting.
Tracing Tip: Pencil can sometimes be difficult to see on different paper patterns. When this is the case, put your Designer Template where you want it, and then instead of tracing it directly on the paper, slip it under the paper, flip the paper over so you have the back face up with the Designer Template in place, and then trace on the back of the paper. This technique works well when you have paper that’s one-sided or when your double-sided paper has a dark or busy pattern on one side of the paper and a lighter or less complicated pattern on the other. This also eliminates the pencil lines on the front of the paper.
Not Just Designer Templates: Designer Templates aren’t the only things you can trace. When you want to apply paper to different elements of your crafts, like flat wood ornaments, you can place your shape directly on your paper, trace, and cut like you would if you were using a Designer Template. You may want to be more careful when you aren’t using Designer Templates because you won’t have the benefit of the transparent plastic that enables you to see the paper pattern beneath.
It’s okay if your tracing and cutting doesn’t stay exactly on the line. Once you ink the edges, it looks so professional. Inking your paper hides any pencil marks that show on the front, and adds a finished outline that distracts from any imperfections. Ink is your best friend.
Shelly shared that inking was what drew her into Kiwi Lane. When she first encountered a scrapbook layout with inked elements, it immediately caught her eye. As a child, she loved to color and outline, and the inking reminded her of how she loved to color. She commented on the layout how she loved the style, and the creator asked if Shelly had heard of Kiwi Lane. She’s been a part of the Kiwi Lane community ever since.
Not Just Paper: Inking isn’t just for your paper. You can ink the edges of your wood elements as well. Inking makes your projects look and feel complete.
Take Care of Your Tools: When inking, don’t run your paper along the daubers or ink pads. The paper will slice up the foam.
Put the Pieces Together
Adhere all your elements together, whether it’s using Mod Podge to glue the paper to the wood, or using adhesive to layer your paper pieces.
Share and Display
Once your ornament has been completed, share it! Display it proudly with your other Christmas ornaments on your tree.
These ornaments are also adorable gifts! When it comes to gift giving, you can of course create a heartfelt handmade ornament, but you can also give your friends and family the Gift of Creating! Instead of you completing the ornament, give your loved one the supplies to create an ornament of their own. Make it even more special, and set aside time to create ornaments together!