Friday, July 13, 2012

Halloween Ornament Tutorial

Yesterday, I promised to post a tutorial on how to create the Halloween Ornament shown below.  This tutorial can also be used to create the Holiday Ornament or any other type of ornament that you would like to make.  Just alter a few of the ingredients and your ornament will have a new look!

Before you begin, you will want to gather a few supplies for your project.
You will need:
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Howlstooth & Scaringbone*
Ink: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes*
Tools:  Big Shot, Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Stampin' Glitter (Dazzling Diamonds), 2-way Glue Pen, Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies*, Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, SNAIL Adhesive, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, hot glue gun/extra glue sticks**
Embellishments:  1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon*, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Large Pearl Basics Jewels, Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine

* Denotes an item from the 2012 Holiday Catalog.  These items will be available to order on August 1st.
**Denotes a non-Stampin' Up! item

  • Stamp 20 of the large ornament in Basic Black ink onto Whisper White Cardstock.   Stamp 20 of the smaller ornament in Tangerine Tango onto Whisper White Cardstock.
  • Using the Big Shot and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies- cut out all 40 ornaments.
  • Score 15 of the large Basic Black ornaments in half lengthwise using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  Score all 20 of the small Tangerine Tango Ornaments in half lengthwise using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  Use the Bone Folder to make the folds crisp.
  • Adhere 3 large Basic Black ornaments together using SNAIL Adhesive.  This will create the 3D look.  Continue adhering the large Basic Black ornaments together until you have made 5 individual 3D ornaments.  Your ornaments should look like the ornament pictured below:

  • Take the remaining 5 stamped large Basic Black ornaments and turn them stamped side down.  Using SNAIL, adhere the 3D large Basic Black ornaments to the unstamped side of the ornament.  See picture above.  
  • Adhere all 20 of the smaller Tangerine Tango ornaments together using groups of 4 to create 5 smaller ornaments.  I found that adhering 2 ornaments at a time then adhering 2 groups of 2 together worked best.  Your ornaments should look like the ornament pictured below:

  • Take all 5 large Basic Black ornaments and the 5 smaller Tangerine Tango ornaments and outline the edges of all sides with the 2-way Glue Pen.  Do this one ornament at a time.  After all edges on the ornament have been outlined in glue- sprinkle the edges with Dazzling Diamonds.  Set all ornaments aside and let dry.
  • Cut a 3 1/2" circle out of Whisper White Cardstock and mark the center of the circle with a dot.  The circle adds extra support to the ornament and the dot helps you center the large Basic Black ornaments on the circle.
  • Cut five- 10" long pieces of Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine and set aside.
  • Cut fifteen- 4" long pieces of 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon.  Apply a Glue Dot on the inside of the ribbon at the very bottom to secure the loop.  Make loops out of all 15 pieces of 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon.  Set ribbon loops aside.
  • Take the 5 large Basic Black ornaments and arrange them  on the 3 1/2" circle.  Use the dot in the center of the 3 1/2" circle to center the ornaments.  Arrange as shown in picture below:

  • Adhere each large Basic Black ornament down one at a time using Sticky Strip- be sure to maintain the layout of the ornaments as shown in the picture above.  
  • Using the hot glue gun, glue down the 1/2" Satin Striped Ribbon loops one at a time.  Glue ribbon loops in between the actual ornaments that you adhered to the 3 1/2" circle. Refer to pictures below:

  • Using the five- 10" pieces of Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine, make a large loop from each piece, then fold the loop in half again making 2 smaller loops.  Use the hot glue gun to attach the Bakers Twine loops to the inside of the ornaments.  See picture below:

  • Cut another 10" long piece of Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.  Make one loop and tie a knot at the bottom to secure the loop.  This loop will be the hanger for the ornament.  Adhere this loop using the hot glue gun onto the top large Basic Black ornament.  Glue the knot of the loop as far down in the ornament as you can get it.  Note:  You may have to move the 2 loops that you glued in the last step to get a good location to glue this loop.  
  • Next, using the hot glue gun, attach each small Tangerine Tango ornament to the bottom of the center piece of 1/2" Satin Striped Ribbon loop as shown in the picture below:

  • Cut a 1" x 12" strip of Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP.  You can use whatever pattern you choose.  I chose the pattern that was diagonal stripes on one side and Tangerine Tango with polka dots on the other side.  
  • Using the Big Shot and the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die, cut out a rosette. Use the 1 1/4" Circle Punch to punch a circle out of Whisper White Cardstock.   After the rosette is cut out- assemble the rosette and attach it the 1 1/4" Whisper White circle with Sticky Strip.  
  • Take one of the large Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons and adhere it to the center of the rosette with hot glue.
  • Take a Large Pearl Basics Jewel and attach it to a Stampin' Dimensional.  Trim excess Stampin' Dimensional from the Pearl with Paper Snips.  Attach the Pearl to the inside of the Vintage Faceted Designer Button.
  • Using the hot glue gun, make a pool of hot glue in the center of the ornament.  It's OK to get glue on the tips of the small Tangerine Tango ornaments as this well help adhere the rosette to the ornament.  
  • Push the rosette into the hot glue puddle and hold for a few seconds to ensure proper bonding.  

Now you have your completed Halloween Ornament!  Isn't it beautiful?


  1. Thanks for your instructions, Dani! :) I am looking forward to making these myself.

  2. Great directions and a beautiful ornament. Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. You're welcome! I hope you enjoy making your ornament! They are a lot of fun and totally addicting! I can't stop making them!

  4. You did a great job showing the steps! I posed my inspired halloween ornament on my blog..and mentioned your blog as inspiration...hope that was okay! I love it!!!!

  5. Thanks Michelle! No worries on me being mentioned. I'm happy to be!

  6. This is perfect, Dani. Thank you so much for taking the time to take the pictures and post here for free. I could figure out most of it, but not really the guts of the middle--I certainly appreciate your instructions, so I wouldn't waste any paper figuring it out.
    Great job, and I LOVE the Halloween theme!

  7. Great tutorial! I wasn't going to get this set and the dies, but I just may have to now.

  8. Totally blown away! I have the Summer Starfruit striped ribbon on its way and will use that on my ornaments. It looks like gold! Will let you know when I've made one and will post pics and a link to your tute on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing and your hard work.

  9. So loving this version of the ornament! Really nice! You've given me a wonderful gift idea for someone. Thanks! :)

  10. Fabulous! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  11. Awesome. Thank you for sharing. :)

  12. This tutorial is awesome Dani! Thanks for the hard work in putting it together for us! Love the step by step instructions as well as all the pictures for us visual peeps! Great job! Hope to make one soon!

  13. Dani, great tutorial and even better ornament!!! Thanks for sharing!