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Shiny Sisal Christmas

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Most Joyful Season of Love and Peace..

Hello Everyone, Jean Moore here.

I could not allow December to go by without an ornament creation.

Cookie cutters are not really used at my house for cutting cookies, rather for so many other things!   Depending on the Holiday, it could be a shamrock, a bunny, a star or tree.   Today I offer a Christmas Tree inside a Christmas Tree.

Supplies needed are;
Metal cookie cutters
Music Sheets
Sisal mini Trees
Twine or ribbon
scissors and/or a cutting tool
paint brush
Dremel tool or sharp nail & small hammer

My main focus was to make these as hostess gifts I will give at parties and events of the season.  

First step is to punch or drill a hole in the top of the cookie cutter (ornament) to allow it to hang.    If you cannot do this, you can simply thread ribbon through the top portion and tie into a loop.

I measured & cut strips of Vintage Music sheets for the outside of the ornament.   I used Aleens tacky glue to place the paper onto the form.  I did this in two pieces so that the music was upright all around. While the glue is wet, simply make sure it is fully fitted to the shape.  Allow to dry as you move to the next cookie cutter.  

I wanted dimension and interest, so for this one, I used Delicata INKPAD (again I use things for many other purposes) to color the paper to highlight the shape.

After inking, I lightly brushed some Aleens glue onto some spots so that I could apply glitter for more bling!

Below is the twine threaded through the hole you drilled or punched into the top of the cutter.  (If you punch the hole, do so from the inside with the tree on it's top and punch outward. You can use an old piece of wood or foam to protect your worktop. Then sand the edges so no one gets cut)   Just tie a knot into the twine and allow it to fit under the cutters top edge creating a hanger.

And then for the finished product.   A snowflake, angel or candy cane could be so cute too.   

Thanks for stopping by today.   Everyone at AlteredPages wishes you and your dear ones the most Merry Christmas. We also send good wishes for the Happiest 2016 filled with good friends, good health and much success!

Warmest regards,


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