Paper Gem Ornaments

I know, I know, the blog has become Christmas crafts central for the past few weeks, but I'm pretty sure this will be my last ornament post because the tree is officially FULL.

Here are the new additions:

As you may have noticed, this picture is not actually on our tree, but rather the same outdoor evergreen bush I have used to model all my other lovely ornament projects.

Today's ornament adventure comes to you from minieco.co.uk, where you can find a printable template to make the exact same ones, along with some great directions!

Inspiration came from this picture on Pinterest:

originally from minieco.co.uk

The link on Pinterest led me to the blog, which gave me the printable template. Talk about convenient...

I printed it out on glitter paper. Yes, glitter paper. I didn't know it existed either. It's basically just nice white paper with a bit of glitter embedded in it. Not too flashy, but a little shine here and there. Of course the glitter didn't show up very well in my photos, but it adds a nice texture to the actual things, which is the important part.

You can read all the directions over at minieco, so I won't bore you with the details, but here is my token in-progress shot:

You can see all the lovely dotted lines for folding, and there are little flaps for gluing the pieces together. I used a glue stick, and maybe there was a better way, but for me it was one of those things where you have to slather on the glue and then poke and prod as it keeps popping out of shape for what feels like forever until suddenly -- BOOM it's done. It was weird, but makes total sense when you think about. Once you hit the sweet spot where it's perfectly in place and there's some glue in the middle you're good. It just takes a bit of building frustration to get there. Of course, being the impatient person I am, I didn't actually read the instructions so maybe they have some good tips for these things...

But it was all worth it when you have these awesome little paper gems!

So cool and simple!

Next I added some thread so I could hang them as ornaments. I used a needle to poke through the top of each one:

I made sure to poke just a small bit at the top, but enough to give the string something to hang on to without ripping through.

Et voila!

Three super cool paper gem ornaments! I'm not quite sure how long it took me since I made them in bits and pieces over the course of a few days (as you can tell by the backgrounds of the photos... quite irregular), but I imagine that if I sat down to do it all at once it would take maybe a 1/2 hour to make all three. Quick project, folks.

Here they are on their own...

So fun. So simple. So pretty!

They look awesome on our tree. Maybe we'll take some more detail shots now that it's all set (completed with two lovely ornaments I bought on sale at West Elm yesterday! My first visit to an actual West Elm store, and it was great. I couldn't resist two of them, at at 20% off they were only $10 for both!).

Now I need to think of some subtle ways to bring a bit of Christmas cheer into the rest of our apartment without being too... cheesy. Trying to keep it classy up in here. Any suggestions?

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