Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Celtic Knot Bell Ornament

Thought I'd post this project as a follow-on to the Himmeli-Look Bell
tutorial, my previous blogpost. It's made in exactly the same way - so you're up to speed. All you need are the print-and-cut files, and you're good to go:


The bell has a jingle-bell clapper. I opted for practically no-frills - but a velvet-y green ribbon would look lush as a finishing touch!

... and here's a link to an earlier project which co-ordinates with the bell:
Celtic Knot Pillow-Purse 

Monday, 24 August 2015

Himmeli-Look Bell Tutorial

The Himmeli-look-alike binge continues. The look of Finnish strawcraft... in paper! Today I'm walking you through the Himmeli-look bells. They are much easier to make than they look. Once you cut out and crease the pieces, they almost make themselves. It looks like there's a lot going on, but each bell only has three pieces (not counting the jingle bell clapper or optional bow).

Here are your free downloads:
Himmeli-Look Bell
1 See - only three pieces! Cut out the pieces. Score and crease the folds as shown. 

2 To assemble the bell body, glue the adjacent tabs - tahdah - dome shape. Bend the handle with a soft fold at the top. Glue it together just above the base folds. Glue the little hexagon underneath the handle to stabilise the join. 
3 Time to attach the clapper. Thread a jingle bell onto a piece of craft thread. Knot the thread to mark the height of the bell drop (about 4.5cm/1-3.4in). With jingle bell inside, tie thread tails as shown, on opposite side of bell. Knot the thread ends at centre top, and tie another knot around the first knot to secure. Trim the thread ends.
4 Next, glue the handle onto the bell top. The v-shaped tabs on the handle match those on the bell top - take care to align the edges.
5 Add a bow at the handle base. Your choice - ribbon or paper! If you want a paper bow, find one here. (Reduce the size of the bow to fit the bell.)

All done. Now you can deck the halls!

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Himmeli-Look Wreath Ornaments

More Himmeli-look ornaments today - the wreaths I previewed in my previous blogpost. Both are super-easy to make.

Here are your free files:


The wreath above has 8 pie-slice segments. I know, it looks a bit like a ferris wheel - or a hamster wheel. To make each segment, crease folds as shown above. The folding is easy - simply fold each section in half.
Glue one end to the opposite end, then fold and glue the base. Glue 8 adjacent sections side-to-side to assemble the wreath.
One creased unit of the star wreath is shown above. To assemble the unit, glue the short tab at the inner edge to the opposite side. Next, glue the edges of the adjacent triangles. 

Now- there are two methods of assembling the wreath. You can glue the units together side-by-side - in which case you need six of them. Or, you can thread the units onto a piece of ribbon - bead style - and tie them together with a knotted bow - in which case, you only need five units! (Thread the ribbon through the cut-off side of the unit.)

Of course, you can reduce or enlarge the size of each unit to make smaller- or larger- wreaths. 

If you want a papercraft bow to decorate the wreaths, I have given you one in my previous post.

I'm not done yet with my Himmeli binge! Coming up soon: Himmeli-Look Bells. A little bit steampunk, lots of fun to make:
There will be a tut for them, so watch this space.