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How to craft your own Christmas decoration

Crafter's Companion – 05/07/22

Filling your home with handmade Christmas decorations is such a great way to add a personal touch to your holiday decor. Make a Christmas decoration that will shine even brighter this year with our step-by-step guide to crafting this gorgeous light-up ornament!

We’ve used Crafter’s Companion Luxury Foiled Acetate for this Christmas craft project. Heavy duty and sturdy enough to craft Christmas crafts to treasure for years to come, each sheet is also filled with stunning, shimmering decoration! And you can choose from gold and silver snowflakes or cosy sprigs of holly.

You will need:

Step-by-step instructions:

Light-up decoration

  • Choose three sheets of acetate and peel off the protective film. Cut out seven strips, each measuring 4″ wide.
  • Lay down a 3.25cm circular die on the acetate and using your Gemini with the metal shim, die cut this out.
  • Repeat the previous step to die cut a total of 20 circles.
  • Die cut another circle but this time in a piece of scrap card or paper. Draw a triangle on the circle, (the sides will be approx. 2.75″ each). Cut the triangle out.
  • Lay the triangle on the scoremaster and layer and acetate circle on top. Using one of the triangle edges as a guide score down the circle.
  • Rotate the acetate, line up the next edge and score down. Repeat this step on the last side of the triangle. Fold and burnish all of the sides.
  • Repeat the previous two steps for the remaining 19 acetate circles.
  • Take 5 of the circles and place a strip of red liner tape on the outside of edge of 1 flap as shown.
  • Take each piece and attach it to the other circles to create a pentagon shape as shown. Don’t stick the last flap just yet.
  • Take a loop of ribbon and place it the middle of the pentagon. Take your string of lights and find the last light before the battery pack. Push that to the middle of the pentagon. Secure with hot glue and close last flap of the pentagon shape.
  • Take 10 of the remaining circles and place red liner tape on two of the edges.
  • Attach these 10 in a line using one of the red liner edges to connect to the edge of the next circle that does not have red liner tape.
  • Fold the line round on itself and attach the ends, this should give you a round shape with red liner tape on the top and bottom flaps of each shape.
  • Take the last five ci
  • rcles and attach red liner tape to one edge of each circle.
  • Take each piece and attach it to the other circles to create a pentagon shape.
  • Take the top piece (with the string lights attached). Run the lights down one of the seams then run the around the top edge ensuring that a light hits each point of the pentagon as shown.
  • Take the round middle piece and glue to the top piece. Run the string lights around to hit each edge as seen.
  • Attach the base pentagon shape.

Bow topper

  • Take your pull bow and find the open end that has 2 small pieces of ribbon.
  • Pull the ribbons which will gather the rest of the ribbon into multiple loops creating the bow.
  • Tie a double knot in the thin ribbon and then cut off the excess.
  • Move and rotate the loops around a little to give a more natural effect.
  • Attach a strip of red liner tape to the back of the battery pack. Stick on the underside of one of the wide ends of the bow to conceal it. Then add some hot glue to the top of the light-up decoration and attach the bow and battery to the top, making sure that the ribbon comes up through the centre of the bow,

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