|Trad-with-a-twist paper chains, made in a jiffy with Tonic Studios products.|
Here are pics of the chains and the products used to make them:
|Top: Simplicity Pattern Punch Doily Strip (Item 966e); Bottom: Simplicity Pattern Punch Daisy Strip (Item 940e).|
|Top: Simplicity Pattern Punch Daisy Border (Item 941e); Bottom: Simplicity Daisy Circle Die (Item 229e).|
|Petal Pairs for the poinsettia: Flower from Petal Pairs Box Set 1 (Item 880e); Leaves from Petal Pairs Box Set 3 (Item 882e). The flower center is a punched circle.|
Now that you know which punches to use, here's how to make your
To make the lattice, punch 7 units for each strip. I have used Inspire Me paper for all the chains and buntings, in traditional Christmas colours. Cut the strip out of the paper. Overlap the ends to make a loop, gluing with tacky glue applied with a cocktail stick. Glue the chain links in the usual way, to the desired length. Conceal the join in each loop with a Petal Pairs poinsettia: two interlocked flowers, two cut leaves glued underneath, a white dot glued onto the flower centre.
Scandinavian Heart bunting next. This is an update of the woven hearts you may have made as a kid.
First, cut a strip of paper 12cm (4-3/4in)-wide. Fold it in half (as shown above). Punch a border along the open edge, punching an even number of scallops. Make sure you use the Daisy Border Punch (not the Daisy Strip punch that you used for the lacy loops paper chain).
Next, cut the punched paper into crosswise strips, as shown. Each strip must be two scallops wide. Snip down the middle of each strip, dividing it in two - but stop short of the scallops at the top.
For each heart that you make, you will need two strip units - in contrasting colours.
Weave the first loop under, over: inside one loop, over the other.
Weave the second loop over, under: over one loop, inside the other. Pre-opening the loops helps. The woven loops make a pocket. You can make a mini-basket by gluing on a handle strip at the top.
To make the woven-heart bunting, make a bunch of hearts, alternating the colour combinations. Decorate each heart with a glued-on Petal Pairs poinsettia. String the hearts side-by-side, tying a bow through the adjacent daisy holes. Tip: when you tie the bow, knot it around the centre to stabilize it. I've used soft embroidery cotton for the bows, but you could use Baker's Twine or ribbon. For each bow, you need 25cm (10in) of string or ribbon.
Finally, it's time to make the frilly fan bunting. For the bunting, cut a bunch of die-cut Daisy doily circles in contrasting colours. Cut an equal quantity of each colour.
Prep each doily: mark the centre of the doily with a pencil dot. On the back of the doily, glue a 2.5cm (1in) paper circle, centred - this acts as a reinforcement. Next, remove a wedge from the doily circle, two scallops wide, from centre point to edge. Use an embossing tool and a metal ruler to mark lines that divide the remaining shape into pie wedges. Each daisy scallop makes a wedge.
Pleat the doily as shown, crease the folds, scrunch the doily. Do this for each doily.
To assemble the bunting, glue the doilies into the formation shown: fan up, fan down. On the flip side of the bunting, trim the flaps into a triangle. Glue a poinsettia over the apex of each fan. That's it, you're done.
You can, of course, make individual fans as hanging ornaments. Just tie on a loop at the fan apex, then glue on a pretty poinsettia.
That's it. Have fun playing the chain game. You can make these up pretty quickly, especially the Scandi Hearts. Fun as a group project - set up an assembly line (don't forget the snacks). Enjoy the festive season!