Honeycomb Ornament

by Becca Feeken

Turn double sided paper into a honeycomb ornament.

Supplies

  • Thin text weight Double sided paper
  • Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament die (largest size), or other large ornament die
  • Very aggressive Glue dots
  • Red Tacky Tape, or other strong adhesive
  • Tweezers
  • Seam binding
  • Assorted crystals

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Using Spellbinders 2011 Heirloom Ornament die, cut 18 ornaments out of your lightweight paper and fold each ornament in half.

    Hint:
    The lighter weight the paper, the better. This cannot be done with cardstock as it is too heavy. Recommended alternatives, wrapping paper, brayered typing paper, book pages. tissue paper.

  2. Step 2

    Reserve a negative from your die cut to use as a template with the markings notated below.

  3. Step 3

    Unfold and lay down one ornament, crease side down, and place glue dots beside all number 1 marks.

    Hint:
    Not all glue dots are created equally; for this project you need the most aggressive adhesive you can find. You can revive the stickiness on a dulled, not sticking glue dot by hitting it with a quick blast from your heat gun and then burnish and leave to cool for a minute.

    If you think that your glue dots will not hold, consider using 1 small dollop of hot glue in lieu of a glue dot on each layer to strengthen the ornament.

  4. Step 4

    Refold the ornament along the score line, sandwiching the existing glue dots then place glue dots beside all number 2 marks.

  5. Step 5

    Unfold and lay down the next ornament layer directly on top of previous layer and place glue dots beside all number 1 marks.

  6. Step 6

    Refold the ornament along the score line, sandwiching the existing glue dots then place glue dots beside all number 2 marks.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat steps 5 and 6 until 18 pieces are attached then mash all layers together to ensure glue dots adhere. Apply final glue dots to topmost layer.

  8. Step 8

    Apply red tacky tape down the spine of the ornament, finger burnish along spine to ensure adhesion then remove red tacky tape liner.

  9. Step 9

    Thread crystal onto doubled seam binding, tied ino a loop. Lay loop on top of red tacky tape on spine and finger burnish into adhesive.

  10. Step 10

    Slowly unfurl the ornament until it wraps all the way around to form a circle, adhering front to back. Poke finger in large openings to relax the paper.

  11. Step 11

    Your ornament is finished.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Honeycomb Ornament. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I was wondering about the '1 & 2' also. I couldn't see it in the pictures but then when I watched the video it was clear. Thank you for this tutorial. I love it. I NEED (want) to make some. This is what gets me in trouble. I start one project and before it's done, you wonderful ladies show me another great project and then I HAVE to give it a try also!!! Guess that's what makes crafting so much fun.
jill  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 7:27 AM
What a beautiful ornament! Thank you for the excellent tutorial on this honey comb technique.
Janet Graf  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 7:53 AM
new to using spellbinders but gotta have this. You do such great work so glad that you share so freely.
wanda welch  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 8:39 AM
It woudl be great if a template pattern could be given for those of us who do not have a machine or dies, we would be willing to cut them all out.
Thanks
Breda  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM
This ornament is GORGEOUS! I need to try this one for sure! TFS
Cheryl Bux  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:03 AM
Thank you so much. You never cease to amaze us. Can't wait to have a go!
Eileen  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:06 AM
the second step references "number 1 mark" but I don't see where the "1" mark is. Can you help me with this step?
Cathy  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:22 AM
I really ejoy looking at and making your cards.
Your cards are simply beautiful.
thank you so much for sharing.
thank you Fran
Fran Schultz  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:41 AM
What a great tutorial and absolutely gorgeous ornament! I ordered that die just a couple of days ago, and now I'm even more excited about it.
Ann Fitzgerald  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM
This is wonderful! I have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
Lorie-ThePeddler  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:51 AM
Awesome! But WOW! it uses a ton of glue dots!! about a half a roll.
Tina  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:55 AM
Wow! What a gorgeous ornament! Thank you for sharing this fabulous tutorial. I want to try this with book pages. Now, I just need that die.
Thanks for sharing.
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Charee Filimoehala
Graphic 45, LLC
Charee  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Thanks for the idea!! those are super cute and I'll be attempting them for my packaging for christmas. don't worry about the tutorial.... it was fine and i'm sure we can all get the "idea" of it and create out own version! Happy holidays and happy crafting. smile
stephanie  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 11:16 AM
Thank you so much, Becca, for the fabulous tutorial!
Diane M  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 11:29 AM
I think this ornament is a llittle treasure
DeAnna  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 11:36 AM
I've always wanted to tackle something with a honeycomb but was afraid to get into to it. You make it look so easy. thanks for the beautiful ornament tutorial.
Another winner, Becca.
Sandy M  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM
Love it wink
hollydolly  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM
What a great ornament! I understand more about the weight of the paper now. I made a bat, and used too heavy of a paper. Now I'm off to tear up a old book...Thanks so much for the tut.
kathy2eggs  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Wow, gorgeous! I can't wait to try this!
Sharon H  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Thank you once again for such a great project and instructions.
Jane Martin  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 1:32 PM

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