I busted out the vintage maps I bought at a yard sale awhile back to use for my collages and bought a pack of 10 basic round ornaments at A.C. Moore for $3, which resulted in a "50% off any item" coupon valid a few days later. I went back to A.C. Moore at the appropriate time and used my coupon to buy a little 1" circle hold punch for half off, which ended up being about $5.
|In the background of this image is my lovely art room at work.|
My very own beautiful map ornament! Emily clearly used some text pages mixed in and used a whiter color palette, whereas I just used the map to give it more color. I used lots of the Mediterranean Sea to mix a good amount of blue in with the warmer colored land areas (mostly the Middle East... amusing).
Here I am gluing on the pieces with regular Elmer's glue:
And from another angle:
I kindof love how the map looks with all those holes cut in the edge.
I didn't take step-by-step pictures, partly because it wasn't my original idea, and partly because I was just so excited I didn't want to stop, and Chris didn't get home until the point where these pictures were taken!
For anyone who wants to make one, the basic process was:
1. Cut out a TON of circles. It took way more than I thought. Definitely invest in a circle cutter.
2. Start at the bottom of the ornament. I put one circle flat on the bottom, then worked up from there, overlapping pieces irregularly to make it a bit more organic. I put glue on about the top 1/3 of the circle, then stuck it wherever I wanted.
3. Work your way up the ornament, making sure every bit of the original ornament is covered.
That's it! Not very difficult, but it does take a good amount of time to put together.
I'm quite in love with mine. Here's how it will look on the Christmas tree:
So pretty! I can't believe that a week from now it will be past Thanksgiving and time to get our tree! I need to make more ornaments and fast...
I actually spent some time today making more awesome ornaments, this time with clay! In a week or two they will be all fired and glazed and I will post about them.
Check out all my posts about ornaments here!
Anyone else making homemade ornaments for the holidays? Getting excited for holiday decorating?
Linked to hi sugarplum!, Making a House a Home, and Bower Power