Today I have a fun and easy ornament idea, the new Sizzix Scallop Star Ornament DIE SET. I love how cute and versatile this design is. It would make great Christmas ornaments (a little larger than most) or great party or wedding decorations. Here’s a picture of the large ornament done in holiday colors —
The Scallop Star ornament die set is brand new, and can be used to make two different sizes of stars — small and large. The small size is a little plainer than the one pictured (it does not have the scalloped edge or the pierced edge). The samples on this post are of the large ornament (approximately 8″ in diameter — the small one is approx. 5″). It is just so easy peasy to assemble that I think it would make a great family project — with the only downside being that you have to use hot glue to assemble it, and I’m not a fan of using hot glue around children.
There are not many of dies in this set — only 6. Four of the dies give you options for centers for the small or large ornament. That means that this beautiful star is created essentially using just one die — you just need to cut seven of them. Of course I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the needed pieces. These are thin dies so you should be able to use them in any die cutting machine that can accommodate thin dies. If you haven’t seen or been introduced to SIZZIX take a look at this “Intro to Sizzix Ellison Video“.
The shaping process is easy too. You begin by finding the two flaps in the center of the die cut and coaxing them toward the center. Place a drop of hot glue on one of the flaps, and fold the other over to glue them together. Watch those fingers! The glue is hot! You really need to use the high temp hot glue — lower temp glues just don’t have the holding power for this. I also tried Scor-Tape, but you just can’t use a large enough piece especially in the two center folds for it to be effective. There’s a lot of tension in the first two folds and very little space to put the glue, so there is a tendency for it to let go — but the high temp glue will hold. Once that part has dried, you flip the piece over. The next set of flaps (moving from the inside out) is a little larger, and you can curl those around a pencil or pen to get a curve in the paper (the paper will want to lay flat — curling it around the pencil will coax it into a curved shape). Then you place a drop of glue on the point of one of the flaps and bend the other toward it to glue them together (how easy is that?). Be careful to not develop creases or folds in the paper that will take away from the finished appearance. Once those flaps are secure, you flip the piece over again, and follow the same process with the third set of flaps. When those are secure, you flip again and attach the final set (the outer edges with the scallop). It really is a very quick and simple process! Once you’ve finished, the piece should look like this. You can see some more ideas here: Christmas Cards on Pinterest!
You’ll continue to form each of the “arms” for the stars in this same manner. If you’re using a patterned paper like I did, you want to be consistent in how you assemble them (which side is up when you begin, etc.) — the arms should be identical (unless doing otherwise is part of your design). Once the arms are all completed, you begin the assembly. First attach four of the arms together making sure that they are all facing the same direction. Then attach the remaining three arms together, again making sure that they all face the same direction. Finally, you join the two groups together in the center. Before gluing, make sure that the individual arms all face in the same direction around the star. You’re using the hot glue throughout, being careful to keep things matched as carefully as you can. Please see the video below for additional tips on assembling the stars.
As the video points out, sometimes you’ll want to do an additional step in assembling the stars. Once you’ve put all of the arms together, if you find your star looking a little scraggly, you may want to add some glue in between the arms (at the sides where they touch). This will hold the star together and give you the desired look. You will see a big difference between the basic assembled star as shown in the video, and the look below. The difference is that additional glue to hold the sides together
It really only takes a few more minutes to add the glue to the sides. This step was needed because the cardstock that I used was thinner than the cardstock that I used for the star pictured above which looks just fine with only the center points glued together. That doesn’t mean that I recommend heavy cardstock for this project. Heavy cardstock is more difficult to coax into shape, and can give you problems trying to glue it into place. I used two different sheets of standard-weight patterned cardstock here — one was just heavier and more textured, the other lighter and smoother.
The final step is to decorate the center of the star and hide all of those joins. I used the hexagon piece for both (you have a choice of a scalloped hexagon or a circle) and glued it in the center of the ornament. I added a button to one ornament, and a ribbon flower to the other. I didn’t have any large bling, but that would have been perfect for the centers too. Here are close up pictures of the centers
You can see that I forgot to clear all of the glue strings and glubers from the second finished project. Oops! Definitely a necessary step with hot glue!
One of the pretty ornament hangers that are available at Christmas would be perfect to hang this ornament. As an alternative, you could make your own hanger with wire and standard jewelry making supplies.
Sizzix Scallop Star Ornament die set
Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot
Cardstock — the large star will take 1 sheet of 12×12 cardstock or 2 sheets of 8-1/2×11 cardstock
High temp hot glue gun
Decoration for the center — could be buttons, ribbon flowers, bling, etc.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’