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Floating Ornaments

Nearly weightless, these honeycomb paper ornaments seem to hover rather than hang. They're as easy to make as paper snowflakes.

Floating Ornaments

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2006

materials

  • Honeycomb paper

  • Double-sided tape

  • Tweezers

  • Pins

  • Fabric glue

  • Juice glass

  • Metallic bead

  • 32-gauge tinned copper wire

  • Scissors

  • Silver cord

  • Tapestry needle

steps

  1. Trace templates onto honeycomb paper; position paper so that its lines are perpendicular to dotted lines on templates. Place double-sided tape on 1 side of cutouts. Unfold to make shapes; pinch taped seams closed with tweezers.

  2. Use a pin to dab clear fabric glue onto center; press inward to bind. Lay flat; gently weight with a juice glass. Let dry 30 minutes. Slide a metallic bead onto middle of an 8-inch length of 32-gauge tinned copper wire. Twist at bead. Use a pin to make a hole in glued center; pull both ends of wire through until bead is flush with center. On reverse side, thread 1 end of wire through 1 hole of a second bead; thread other end of wire through bead's opposite hole. Twist ends to secure; trim excess. Gently open taped seam; sandwich an 8-inch-long silver cord in seam to form a loop.

  3. String a small metallic bead onto middle of a 20-inch-long silver cord; knot to secure. Use a tapestry needle to thread ends of cord up through bottom pendant; secure taped seam with clear fabric glue. String a large bead onto both ends of cord. Thread cord up through top pendant; glue seam. Knot cord to form loop.

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