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.

The art philosophy cartridge of cricut has a perfect cut for this project. It is available through Close To My Heart Consultants. Feel free to contact me if you don't have a personal consultant. Smile! You can make the ornament cut out any size, and there is a corresponding stamp available for the ornament in this months special. I can't wait to make a bunch of these for gifts.
Thanks so myuch for sharing.
Always, Alayne
Alayne Fleming  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM
Thank you for sharing, lovely idea, will certainly give it a try. Gail
Gail  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 3:56 PM
Fabulous!
can't wait to try it.
Thank you.
Shirley.
Shirley  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 4:35 PM
could you do the same thing with a circle, oval or a square ? And to Alayne, thanks for the CTMH tip !
Elizabeth P  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 5:48 PM
A great tutorial thank you Becca. I look forward to trying it out.
Annette  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 7:03 PM
I have to say that the ornament is awesome, I am glad you did this because there is honeycomb paper i saw at stamping convention they have stamp and spellbinders and paper to make cards . I dont remember the name but it coordinated as a set they have a christmas tree i like that you can make the tree. But now i have to try and find me a die cut to try this, i have a few but i have a poinsetta maybe i will try this and post on my xmas break.
Gloria Harvey  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 7:10 PM
Becca -- you have created another beautiful ornament from paper -- you never cease to amaze me!
Susan  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 8:53 PM
Bam .. wow Beautiful ....clever and how about that video tutorial step by step and numbered ..AMAZING ,perfect .. heading out tomorrow to store to get 2 sided light weight paper .. thank you Becca .. I cant wait to try it .. p.s. who' s got the cheapest glue dots ?? lol.. you must know .. its way over a hundred glue dots .. per ..but such a great gift idea .. very classy .. such a well done tutorial ..hats off
anne marie  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM
Love it! Thank you so-o-o much for this tutorial. I want to make these for gift decorations. Everything looks so easy when you do it. LOL
Barbara Jay  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM
The paper looks like it might be origami paper. What kind is it actually? Any tips on where to find it?
Linda  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM
What an absolutely gorgeous ornament. WOW, I love the colors and the crystal. Thanks so much for sharing. If you don't mind me asking, where did you get your ring that is on your right hand, it's beautiful. I love silver wink
Thanks.
Lisa  |  Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 8:26 PM
Thank you very much for the tutorial. It is a lovely ornament.
Angela S  |  Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM
Becca, thank you so much, I have found most of the items, but where did you find the paper? I have looked all over town and one seems to have thin paper, Please help. Thanks
dori  |  Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM
just beautiful! Can I use spellbinder dies in my Bixill
Katht  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 9:50 AM
Your ornament is just beautiful and I am going to try it. Can I use Spellbinder dies in my bigshot???
Kathy  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 9:51 AM
Kathy,
You sure can. Every Spellbinder die pack comes with "sandwich" instructions for most main Die Cut machines.
beate  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 9:53 AM
I'd love to try this - but the dies I have sitting by my desk here are destined as a Christmas gift for a friend. I might try to find a template I could work with and hand-cut them, as I love the idea.
Sabrina (Cook22)  |  Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Everything you do is so gorgeous, including this ornament. You are one of my biggest inspirations! Thanks for sharing this!
kathi17  |  Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 4:51 AM
You make great videos. You keep it simple and show clearly each step. Thanks!
Lynn Christopher  |  Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 8:43 AM
The link is for the people asking if you can do this with other shapes. Amanda tried it with the Stampin Up Lattice Die of all things and it looks GORGEOUS!
Linda  |  Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 10:34 AM

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