Some of these projects you will be able to recycle items to make them.
Recycled Quilted CD Ornaments
Materials: 4 different types of fabric: 8 2" squares of Xmas print/color (first row); 16 2" squares of different Xmas print/color (second row); 16 2" squares of another different Xmas print/color (third row); 16 2" squares of yet another different print/color (fourth row), Old CD, Tacky Glue, Metallic Christmas trim, String, and Pins
Get one 2" square from the first row of print/color right side down, and fold in half, pressing with your finger nail. And then in half again.
Open it up, and then fold one of the sides to the median crease, to create a triangle. And then do the same for the other side.
One bigger triangle formed by two small triangles. Now it's time to apply some glue. Open up the folded triangle and apply a little bit of glue.
Fold it back and press with your fingers.
You are now ready to start the quilting on your Cd. Turn the already glued triangle face down and apply a bit of glue on the back.
Now glue it with the point facing the center of the Cd.
Repeat the procedure for the remaining 3 squares of the first print/color.
Now the first row is completed. You are now going to fold the eight 2" squares for the second row the exact same way, and repeat the same procedures.
Try to align the central fold of the triangles in every row.
You can already see the first star showing. Repeat the same thing for the third.
and for the fourth rows.
And now you see the four stars.
You have one side of the Cd almost finished. Turn it around, and repeat everything the same way for the other side.
Your quilted Cd Xmas ornament is almost done, but not completely. Now is time to hide the messy parts and make it look really pretty! Start by trimming any bit of fabric that might be hanging out the Cd borders. Then apply some glue all around the edge.
Start by gluing the string and then the trim, covered by the trim.
Secure with pins till is totally dried and secure.
Once it's dried, do the other side. Let it dry.
Materials: old cardboard coffee sleeves or disposable coffee cups; a cereal box or larger piece of cardboard; a glue gun; scissor; and a ribbon.
Cut out a ring of cardboard from the back of an old cereal box. Use two bowls to outline the circles before cutting.
Take your cardboard coffee sleeves or disposable coffee cups, and cut out leaf shapes. Try to vary the sizes of the leaves, so you can tuck some little ones in among the larger leaves.
Plug in your glue gun. With your glue gun, put a dab of glue on a leaf, and then stick it down onto the ring. You want to glue onto the "advertising" side of the cardboard, so the finished wreath is plain cardboard.
Repeat with all the leaves, gradually layering them. Vary the angles of the leaves to create an organic, branchy look. Also mix up the sizes, colors and textures of the leaves as you go.
Tie on a ribbon cereal box. Use two bowls to outline the circles before cutting.
Take your cardboard coffee sleeves, and cut out leaf shapes. Try to vary the sizes of the leaves; so, you can tuck some little ones in among the larger leaves.
Tin Work Ornaments
Materials: empty soda can, tin snipes, embossing supplies, Cuttlebug folder, ribbon, and Bic Mark-It markers
Start with Cutting out basic shapes. Bird and circles are shown above. Grand Nestabilities from Spellbinders was used here.
Embossed the shape using a Cuttlebug folder and then colored the de-bossed side with Bic Mark-It markers. Free-hand a design on a bird shape & hand-tool it so that it was 3-D. Use assorted metal tools for this. Let them dry.
Put a hole and weave ribbon to use as a hang for the ornament.
Optional: However, this does give it and add finish touch!! You can also cut an extra birds shape from embossed craft metal and from adhesive backed foamies. Peel off the backing on the foamies and layered it in between the two layers of embossed metal.
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