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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
When my mother-in-law died we found a plastic Christmas
ornament in her things that everyone in the family wanted. To solve the
dilemma, I took charge of the piece and deconstructed it to see how the make
it, and made ornaments for the entire family. Once you get all the plastic
canvas cut, it’s an easy project. But I will warn you, it you plan to make a
lot of these, like I did, you’ll give yourself carpal tunnel using scissors if
you don’t spread out the cutting of the plastic.
Here are the instructions for this lovely ornament.
Round nose jewelry pliers
7 inch piece of 20 gauge wire.
14 3 3/16 L x 5/16W
strips of plastic canvas (which works out to 21 openings in length and 2 opening
in the width of the strip. Using alternate colors makes the design stand out.
Assorted beads and charms.
1. Using round nose pliers, twist a small loop in one end of
wire and attach a charm to the loop.
String one or two decorative beads on the remaining wire and add the 14 plastic
canvas strips, threading them through the same opening on all strips.
3. Add a few more beads to the top to the wire.
4. Starting with the bottom plastic canvas strip, carefully
thread the other end of the strip through the top of the wire. You will need to
start with the beads and strips positioned at the top of the wire to do this
without misshaping the wire. Repeat with all the strips, fanning them out into
a sea shell shape as you go.
5. When all of the strips are threaded, add a few more beads
the top of the wire.
6. Twist a small loop
in the wire at the top of the beads to hold everything in place.
7. Bend the top of the wire into a hook shape and hang on
your Christmas tree.