Recycled Crafts: How to Make a Geometric Ornament
If you’re familiar with crafts that deal with repurposing old materials, you’ve probably seen ornaments similar in construction to this one, using old Christmas cards. We decided to use map paper for our ornament, and instead of using circles to make our ornament, we cut out triangles to make it look more like a star.
Create a template of the size triangle you want using thin cardboard. Use the template to trace out 20 triangles on your paper. Cut them out. Begin folding them into smaller triangles, as shown in the photograph, by folding all three corners in to where each corner touches the opposite side of the triangle.
Take your glue and glue together 5 triangles to form a circle. You connect them by gluing together the folded “flaps” made in the last step. These 5 triangles will be the top. Take another 5 triangles and do the same thing to make the bottom.
Take a length of string and tie it into a loop. Thread it into the hole in the top part of the ornament made in Step 2. Glue in place.
Now, we are going to make the center. Take the remaining 10 triangles and glue them together to form a long band as shown in the photograph.
Now take the center band made in the last step and begin gluing it to the top part of the ornament.
Next, glue the bottom part to the rest of the ornament. You now have a completed ornament! Experiment with different sizes and shapes, and remember you can use these year round for parties and other celebrations.
See you next Friday!