A-Cut-Above Paper Ornaments
White paper turns into stylish tree decorations with these snowmen designs. Watercolor pencils give the cutouts a soft, fresh look. They'll make great gifts for family and friends.
What You Need
- White paper
- Extra-fine-tip black waterproof marker (we used a Sharpie Permanent Marker)
- Heavy watercolor paper
- Crafts knife
- Watercolor pencils
- Fine artist's paintbrush
- Spray sealant
- Decoupage medium
- Burnt umber acrylic paint
- Clear matte finish
- Small hole punch
- Fine cording
How to Make It
- Cut out the ornament fronts. Trace the patterns onto white paper. For easier visibility, darken the traced lines on the patterns with a marker. Tape the patterns to a sunny window or a light box.
- Tape a sheet of watercolor paper over the patterns. Use an extra-fine-tip black waterproof marker to trace the design lines onto watercolor paper. On a cutting surface, use a crafts knife to cut away the areas inside the circles; do not cut out the circles.
- Cut out the ornament backs. Tape the watercolor paper, design side down, on a window or light box. Use the marker to trace the cut lines and the outer circles. Note: Trace all lines if you want the backs to match the fronts.
- Add the color. Color the ornament fronts with watercolor pencils. Moisten the paintbrush with water and dab off the excess on a paper towel. Use the dampened brush to blend the colors; let dry and repeat for the opposite side if desired. Spray both sides of the ornament sheet with sealant.
- Apply decoupage medium to both sides of the ornaments; let dry. Mix a few drops of burnt umber with the medium in a disposable container. Apply two coats of this mixture to each side of the ornaments, letting the mixture dry between applications.
- To finish the ornaments, spray them with clear matte finish. When the finish is completely dry, cut out the circles. Punch a hole at the center top of each ornament for a hanging loop. Thread the hole with cording; knot the ends together.