I am in love with making these Honeycomb Christmas Tree Ornaments. They are so classy. I will show you how I made mine. And I will show you my mistakes so that you don’t make them too. They are easier than they look
The paper really needs to be two sides for the best results. I will show you what happens when you don’t use two sided paper and what I tried to do to fix the issues later. For a change the paper needs to be light weight. The lighter the better. Stiff paper just will not bend enough to look right.
Patterned paper works best but solid colors work too, they just look a little plain. As for the ribbon, it needs to be fairly narrow (1/2 inch at the most). Otherwise it just won’t fit inside and won’t form the loop properly. Yarn or string will work but aren’t really wide enough. If that’s what you want to use you will need a piece of thin paper or scrap ribbon to hold the center together (more on that soon)
There are 18 pieces to each honeycomb Christmas tree ornament. You need that many to make a complete ornament. I tried with less pieces and it did not look good (see the my mistakes section below) The Cricut insists on putting the pieces on three mats but a little rearranging will fit them on two mats. To see how to do that watch my video.
This is the complicated part. I included a lot of pictures to help. You need to decide before you start assembly which side of the paper you want to be primary.
The first step is to fold all the pieces in half. Fold the pieces so that that the primary side is in the middle. Stack the pieces with the straight edges lined up. The stack should look like this:
Gluing the “Spine”
Straighten the stack and hold it in one hand. Apply glue from the glue gun to the folded side all the way to the edges and while still warm attach the ribbon, loop it and put the other side in the glue too. You are binding the center like a book
Bend the “binding” to form a semicircle. The ornament should sorta form the loose shape like this:
Gluing the Rest of the Honeycomb Christmas Tree Ornament
Lie the ornament flat again. With liquid glue, alternate gluing the widest point and two points near the bottom of the curves. Put the two glue spots on the primary side you chose earlier. The single glue dot goes on the secondary color.
Try not to use too much glue. If the glue squirts out it will bind the wrong layers together. Fold the next “page” down and continue alternating one and two dots. This is where patterned paper is nice. Just keep putting the right number of spots on the right pattern.
Finishing the Ornament
When you are done gluing, set the flat ornament aside and let the glue finish drying, about 30 minutes depending on your glue. Art Glitter Glue only takes about 10 minutes but I waited 30 just to be safe. Once the glue is dry start to “fluff” the sections apart. You should see the pattern start to form.
Gently work the edges apart until the front and back touch. Hold it that way for a few minutes to allow the center to take the proper form. Then with the glue gun, glue the “top” to the “bottom” forming the ornament.
Your honeycomb Christmas tree ornaments are done. Enjoy!