I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils.
I started with a saturated piece of paste paper.
Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils.
I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that.
Did a few more papers.
And a few more.
For this project you need:
2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″
2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″
1 piece colored paper for text block 2.25 x 18″
1 piece of ribbon, lightweight, 24″
Beads with large holes
Stencils (Mine are preferred, of course!)
Writing tool. I used a Micron pen.
Cover the mat board with the paper you just made.
Fold the ribbon in half, and tie it in a knot at the top, making a 3″ loop. Put a strip of glue down the middle of each of the cover boards.
Fold your text sheet into 8 panels, an accordion fold. On my text block, I wrote words that come to mind for me this season.
I made another one and had my family members write things they were grateful for in 2012. I think we will do this every year. My son was grateful for girls. My daughter is grateful for German boyfriends.
Glue the text block into the covers, on top of the ribbon. Just glue the first panel and the last.
String beads on the bottom of the ribbon, leaving enough room to tie the books at the bottom to keep them closed.
Then hang ’em up!
I will leave you with this holiday Haiku.
Fill my heart and mind
With true purpose, joy, light
And let me share all.
Love to all of you,