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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Martha Stewart Scoreboard Card Ornaments

My most recent web column for Natural Life Magazine includes a tutorial for making circle based ornaments out of old holiday cards with scissors and a bone folder. Here's how I use my beautiful Martha Stewart Scoreboard and a Recollections Three inch circle punch to make it just that much easier and FAST. Rather addictive actually!

Here are the tools. Best Glue Ever dries very fast. Use sparingly.

Trim off excess as needed to center the image you like.

Three inch round. You need 6 or 8.

Place your round flush to the top left corner.

Score at the half-inch mark.

Score again at the 2.5 inch mark.

Fold up one score line. Turn the circle 90 degrees. Place the fold flush against the rim of the Scoreboard.

Score again at 2.5 inch mark.

Score again at half-inch mark.

Fold all four sides upwards (towards right side).

Here are some more cut and folded rounds.

Tiny dots of glue are all that is needed with Best Glue Ever. 

Best Glue Ever dries quickly, with just finger pressure. For another white glue, some paper clips or clothes pins would clamp the segments until they dry. You could also use glue stick. Will it last as long? I don't know.

Add a hanging string. I'm using a scrap piece of card to push the string into a line of glue.

Square in circle ornaments.

Here is an alternative, making triangles with the scoreboard - so much easier than having to measure!

Place the 3 inch round flush with the top left corner as before. Score at 3/4 inch.

Spin the circle, keeping it flush with the rims, and line the score up at the 3/4 inch mark.

I've illustrated with a pencil mark for this close up.

Score at the 3/4 inch mark.

Spin the round again and line up the score at 3/4 inch mark. Score again.

Note that the 3/4 inch score line meets the very first score at the bottom edge of the cut circle.

Fold on the three score marks, and glue as before.

Use 8 to make double ended pyramid globe - not sure how else to describe it. 
Only four together make a small pyramid.

Hanging in the Camelia bush outside my house. I use these in my tree of course, and also to decorate gift boxes and wrapped gifts.


Deborah in IL said...

Wow! That is such an awesomely simple and elegant tool. Love it.

Robyn Coburn Writer said...

Thanks Deb. It was one of those tools I didn't know I needed until I got the chance to use one. However, it isn't essential to the project, just makes it easier. Please check out the instructions at NatLife for using a paper template instead of the scoreboard.