Die Cut Ornament Series: Swirl Bliss
Your stash of dies is one of the many reasons you need to create a die cut, one of a kind, holiday ornament that becomes a keepsake for years to come. I’m Becca Feeken with Amazing Paper Grace and today I’m going to show you a die cut ornament lantern to make for your Christmas Tree. It’s simple to make but what’s more, color coordinate it with your tree and it looks charming!
Every year my family and I have a special ornament to hang on the Christmas tree. It’s thankfully one of the traditions I look forward to every year and my children have likewise continued. We never really go hunting for that “special” ornament but somehow it comes to us and we always know it’s the one. No matter the origin, these mementos are close to my heart because they are treasured keepsakes. In fact, how could I possibly know that holding each one in my hand would transport me back to the very day the ornament was chosen?
As the years go on, I’m more mindful to lean towards something that will bring sweet memories of the year it was created. I store these just as I store my glass ornaments but just love that it’s another opportunity to see my favorite die cuts and at a special time. All it takes is a couple of folds and some glue.
One of my very favorite dies is Spellbinders S4-505 Swirl Bliss Pocket because it has so many possibilities! Even though pocket is in the name, it is a die I’ve used for boxes, book covers, and now a die cut ornament. It’s very easy to make, and requires minimal supplies (supply list at bottom of post). Join me, I’ll show you.
Assemble Your Die Cut Ornament:
Cut Swirl Bliss Pocket 8 times. Flex all score lines on pockets.
Lay out pockets in pairs (4).
Cut 2 squares 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ and pierce each with a hole in the center. Attach a loop from recycled ornament and an ornament hook to the center of each square. (If you don’t have an old ornament, feel free to use thread or ribbon adhered to the square.)
For each pair of pockets, apply adhesive to the front side of one pocket along the bottom flap. Then, adhere to other identical pocket in pair, keeping front sides together.
Trim seam on each joined pair to 1/4″
Apply adhesive to side flaps of each pocket then adhere joined pairs to 2-1/4″ square by placing a seam on each corner.
Continue to add by adhering 3 more pairs to the square bottom (inside) until all four sides are constructed. I chose to add a large flameless candle to the lantern that was too large to go through the side (a small flameless votive would fit). I left one end open so that I could get candle in place and glued closed.
Add embellishment as needed then insert a flameless candle and finally, hang from tree.
Handmade ornaments are beautiful and because you made it with your own hands, it ‘s bound to bring back memories of the making. Have a look in your stash for wonderful treasures for your tree!
Becca Feeken – www.amazingpapergrace.com
Neenah Classic Crest, Natural White, 80lb Smooth, Ornament Hook, Ornament Loop from a recycled ornament, Flameless LED Votive, Scor-Tape, Gold Tassel
Thank you Paula!!
Absolutely beautiful, when I saw it, I wanted to make it straight away.
Aloson, I hope you do!!
Just wanted to confirm if the last blog entry is still from Oct 24th. Or is this an issue with our browser. Please help verify. Thank you
Alas, it is true Sheila, on my personal blog – http://www.amazingpapergrace.com/blog. This month has seen behind the scenes maintenance on my blog but there’s much more going on in the background. Stay tuned, I’ll be back over there next week 🙂
Mrs Annette Pope
I absolutely adore this lantern and would be privileged to be able to make one too? You are such a lovely lady to share your ideas with us, God bless xx
So tickled for you Annette, you can do it! Make a test one first. Don’t be afraid to take a snip if things don’t seem to fit – this is a really tight fit and paper thickness can make a difference. Make sure you know what will go inside before you seal the ends! Lastly, if you can post your creation ton instragram with the hashtag #neverstopmaking 🙂 Good luck sweet pea!!
Hi Beca have missed your blog !
This is a lovely idea you are full of them keep them
Love your new dies playing with them often !
Take care hugs Pam X
Thank you Pam, so glad you are enjoying them!
Spectacular! Not only beautiful and creative but fabulous to see on my Christmas tree!!!!
Hi Beverly! Thanks so much for your sweet words!
Rose Mary Garner
Oh This is truly a masterpiece.. Thanks so much… i wonder where to get the holders… I want to make these as gifts… I better start now… Thanks so much Becca for your hard work…
Janis, I got the little holders at Hobby Lobby. Any ornament holders – even the hook ones, will work 🙂
I have seen many paper craft Christmas lanterns, but this is by far the most impressive, thank you.
Oh what a sweet thing to say, thank you so much Heather!! Since the die was originally designed for cards, this use is pure serendipity!!
Becca, you are so clever and an inspiration to me with your beautiful designs and well thought out die sets.
Thank you!! Sometimes I drive myself crazy during designing! I want to make sure that there are many ways to use!!
Becca you are such an inspiration to me with you great ideas and well thought out dies.
Oh goodie, I have this die, too! Love that these dies are so very versatile. More for our $$!
Thank you for such an amazing project….can’t wait to make one!
Hi there sweet Kristine!! Thank you for your sweet words!!
What can I say ? It is beautiful
Thank you Beverly!!
I have admired for a while your beautiful ornaments Becca. now ordering the die I need. My good friend and I celebrate birthdays together. This year in January we will be making these 3 ornaments. I think we will have a blast. Thank you again for such concise directions. Sandy Z.
So tickled you’ll be trying this Sandy!! Let me know how they turned out!!
I just love when you find ways to use the dies for for something other than cards. This one is outstanding! Your talent is beyond recognition Becca – I just love everything you create! Hugs Dianne
Great illustration of creativity. Love the paper lantern!
Beautiful as always and so creative!
beautiful i love this idea and it looks pretty easy to make
NOELIA ROMAN JIMENEZ
Beautiful, as always ❤️
It is so beautiful your story about each ornament having a story behind it thank you for sharing and I do love this ornament it’s very elegant so beautiful
I Love your dies! Can I buy your monthly kit without having to subscribe???
Hi Nancy, the monthly Die of the Month is by subscription but I must say that you are given soooo much flexibility. There are no minimums and you can unsub at any time. Of course I have many other collections on the Spellbinders website 🙂 I hope you find something that tickles your fancy!
How do you removed or change the candle ?
great, i love it
Wow it really is stunning Becca!
Thank you so much Suzanne 🙂
This is beautiful!