Remember Me… MM Blog Bounce

May 10, 2011

It’s time for anoth­er Mem­o­ry Mak­ers Blog Bounce. The theme this month is “Remem­ber Me.” I thought it would be nice to give you a project to cre­ate for Memo­r­i­al Day. These orna­ments can be hung on a wreath or placed any­where in your home to add a bit of patri­o­tism and hon­or friends and fam­i­ly who have served our coun­try.  To those, I give a heart­felt thank you.

Life, Liberty and Freedom Home Decor Accents

Sup­plies Need­ed:
3 — Small Paper Mache Star Orna­ments (Hob­by Lob­by)
Mak­ing Mem­o­ries Paint (Dusk, Red Wag­on)
Ranger Adiron­dack Metallics Acrylic Paint Dab­ber (Sil­ver)
Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown)
Crepe Paper Stream­er (White)
Embroi­dery Floss (DMC #543)
Old Book Page
Stick­les (Plat­inum)
Martha Stew­art Seal Punch
Paper Glaze or Glossy Accents
Glit­ter (Water­slide, Red Wag­on, Steel)
Old Fash­ioned Sil­ver Tin­sel Gar­land by Bethany Lowe Designs
Melis­sa Frances Vin­tage Attic Trea­sures Self Adhe­sive White Pearls
3 — Small Chip­board Stars

Tools Need­ed:
Paint­brush
Scis­sors
Dec­o­ra­tive Scis­sors (Pink­ing)
Sewing Nee­dle
Strong Liq­uid Adhe­sive

Instruc­tions:
1. Using a paint brush, paint one each paper mache star Red Wag­on, Sil­ver and Dusk

Painted Paper Mache Star Ornaments

2. My paper mache orna­ments came with a gold metal­lic cord style hang­er that did not go well with my sil­ver accents so I removed the hang­ers from each star by gen­tly pulling them out and replace them with Red & White Bak­er’s Twine. Cut three pieces of Red & White Bak­er’s Twine to approx­i­mate­ly 8.5″ in length, dou­ble knot the end of each piece, apply a small amount of glue on top of the hole, gen­tly poke the knot­ted end of the Red & White Bak­er’s Twine into the hole at the top of your orna­ment using the end of your tweez­ers or paper piercer, apply anoth­er small amount of glue on top of the filled in hole, squeeze togeth­er and let dry.

Hangers replaced with Red & White Baker's Twine

3. Cut a 12″ piece of white crepe paper, fold crepe paper in half, using a thread­ed nee­dle begin gath­er­ing at one end to cre­ate a crepe paper rosette, using dec­o­ra­tive scis­sors trim to approx­i­mate­ly 1.5″ in diam­e­ter, accent edge using Plat­inum Stick­les, repeat these steps two more times. You will need three crepe paper rosettes total. (I feel using pink­ing scis­sors gives the paper rosette a nice fin­ished zig zag edge.)
4. Using a Martha Stew­art Seal Punch, punch three seals from an old book page, ink the edges using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown)

Crepe Paper Rosettes

5. Paint stars with Dusk, Red Wag­on, Sil­ver paint, let dry, apply Paper Glaze or sim­i­lar prod­uct then apply Water­slide, Red Wag­on, Steel glit­ter on top of match­ing paint col­or, tap off excess. Once dry attach a self adhe­sive white pearl to the cen­ter of each star
6. Attach one book page seal onto cen­ter of each crepe paper rosette, attach one glit­tered star onto cen­ter of book page seal
7. Cut three pieces of Sil­ver Tin­sel Gar­land to approx­i­mate­ly 4″, form a cir­cle just a bit larg­er than your crepe paper rosette then attach one cir­cle to the back of each rosette
8. Attach crepe paper rosettes to match­ing paper mache stars

Paper Mache Stars and Crepe Paper Rosettes

9. Cre­ate mini ban­ners by typ­ing or print­ing words (Life, Lib­er­ty, Free­dom) onto the blank mar­gin sec­tion of an old book page, cut out, ink edges using Col­or­Box Flu­id Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown), attach to hang­er

Completed 3D Paper Mache Ornaments

I hope you enjoyed the tuto­r­i­al. Now click on the but­ton below to see how Francine Clouden inter­pret­ed this mon­th’s theme.

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