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Tissue paper flower pom-poms tutorial

As promised, here is the first of the party decoration tutorials.   Once you make a few you will want to make more.  They are super simple to make and pack a big punch.  I can imagine a room (I put mine up in the trees which are so big that they kind of dissapeared) full of these in really beautiful vibrant colors.

What you will need:
20 x 30 sheets of tissue paper 8 sheets per flower
Fishing line to hang them

Take 8 sheets of your tissue paper and stack them neatly.

doing an accordian pleat, pleat the stack of papers
fold it in half to find the center
cut a 12 inch piece of wire and put it around the center twisting the wire to secure it, next you are going to cut the edges to either a point or round them off, if you cut a point on each end you will get spiky flowers, if you round off the edge you get a puffier looking flower, its up to you.
next, open up your pleated papers as shown on the picture
here comes the fun part, seperate the layers, pulling each paper to the center one by one.  Note- Don’t pull too hard or you will tear a petal of your flower off.
once you are done with one side, do the next
lastly, take your fishing line and cut enough to hand as long as you want it.  Tie through the wire on the back and hang your flower.
Stay tuned for another tutorial tomorrow!
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On the third day of Christmas- Silhouette Christmas balls tutorial

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me…. Silhouette Christmas ball ornaments.

These ornaments might look hard but you can make a bunch in an afternoon.

What you will need:
Glass or clear plastic balls ( I found plastic which my babies cannot break)
Overhead projector transparency
Profile pictures
Black paper
Fabric tac
Fishing or clear string

Take your profile pictures.  In a picture editing program like Piknik you can make them as big or small as you like.

 Cut them out and trace onto your black paper. With an exacto knife or cuticle scissors cut them out.

I printed the year on my transparencies but you don’t have to.  Note: if you print it on your ink jet printer you will have to wait a day or two while the ink dries.  Laser copiers dry immediately.

Cut out a circle from the transparency smaller than your balls circumference and glue the silhouette in the center with your fabri-tac.Cut a piece of fishing line about 5 inches long and glue to the top of the circle.  Let it dry.

Pull out the silver ornament hanger, roll up the circle and push through the top of the ornament. Put the ornament hanger back on and cut the excess fishing line.

Hang it on your tree. Enjoy your beautiful ornaments which will become more and more cherished as the years go by.

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