Happy December! This is absolutely my most favorite time of the year. I love everything about December and Christmas!
We just bought our tree (we went artificial for the first time this year), and I thought I’d try making a few ornaments this year. We honestly have enough ornaments that we’ve bought from Pottery Barn over the last 14 years to fill at least 5 Christmas trees, but I fell in love with the new Sizzix Brenda Walton French Bow die, and I thought it would make the most beautiful ornaments when make with thick gold glitter paper. And you know what? It did!
These pretty gold bows are so sparkly and shimmery, and the lights from the tree bounce and reflect that light right off of them. It’s gorgeous!
Here’s how I made them…
To make the bow pieces, you’ll need to fold a piece of gold glitter paper, and then die cut the two bow pieces so that the folded piece is just above the part on the die that is open. That way, the bow pieces will open up once they are cut.
I sandwiched a cutting pad, the Brenda Walton French Bow die, the folded glitter paper, then another cutting pad. I rolled this stack through my Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine, and ended up with the pieces that you see above.
To assemble the bow, I first took the largest piece, then took the two ends and brought them into the middle so that the glitter is on the outside. I carefully applied some hot glue to the middle, and gently pressed down to make the ends stick.
Use some hot glue or tape to attach a small string loop to the back of the ornament so that it can hang.
I repeated the above process with the smaller bow piece, and then glued the small piece over the top of the big piece.
Next I took the smallest piece for the middle of the bow and glued it on, then folded the edges over and glued them on.
For the bow end, I cut two pieces, and glued them onto the back bottom of the bow ornament.
Now this glitter bow ornament is ready for its’ big debut on the Christmas tree!
This glitter bow looks great on my wreath, too! Gotta’ love when a project can multi-task… 😉