I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Ours was busy, but fun. We had my husbands family over, including my sweet nephew, his wife and their twin baby boys from California. It was so nice to visit with everyone, meet the new babies, and of course, eat all of the delicious food!
And now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m on to preparing for the next holiday: Christmas! Hubby and I spent most of yesterday packing up all of the fall decor, and pulling the Christmas bins out of the garage. We have the tree(s) up, and we’ll finish putting on all of the ornaments today! I’m going with the same “natural” theme I decorated with last year. I’ve been able to purchase a few new things to add, and make a few more. Today I’m sharing one of those handmade projects with you; How To Make A Birch-Bark Ornament – The Easy Way.
Supplies needed: Birch paper – you can use wrapping paper, like I did (Pier One has this paper in stock right now), or scrap book paper.
Paper Mache star ornaments (I bought mine at Michaels)
White school glue
Trace the paper mache star onto the back side of the wrapping paper, leaving a 1/2″ gap between the shapes.
Cut out your wrapping paper stars – cutting one star on the line and leaving a 1/2″ margin around the other star (see pic).
Cut slits into the margin of the larger wrapping paper star at all points and angles – careful to cut only up to the pencil line.
Using paper scraps, cut little strips into 1/2″ by 1″ pieces (you will need five pieces per star).
Glue the strips of paper onto the paper mache star – one at each “angle”.
Spread glue onto one side of the paper mache star, then place on top of the larger wrapping paper cutout. Press firmly to assure adhesion.
Spread glue around the edges of the paper mache star and fold the wrapping paper over, pressing firmly.
Trim the wrapping paper carefully around the hanger.
Glue the smaller wrapping paper star cutout onto the paper mache star. Press all edges down firmly and trim any “overhanging” paper, if needed.
And there you have it, Birch- Bark Ornaments – The Easy Way.
Now go hang your birch bark ornament(s) on your tree, and enjoy!
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Until Next Time,
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