Hello! Are you feeling festive yet? We’ve had a Christmassy weekend, hunting down the perfect tree (I love the smell of resin and fir; even the myriad of inevitable small needle puncture-wounds that track my hands and arms are worth it…) and crunching through nearby fields of frost. Yesterday afternoon we lit a fire and retreated indoors, and made batches of these tissue-paper luminaries, which look beautiful on their own and even better with small battery t-lights placed behind them…
We made Christmas trees, baubles and stained glass windows; once you get the hang of the glue and the tissue (it’s a messy sport, but a lovely one), they are deliciously simple, whilst looking like they have taken great mastery and hours of dedication. Perfect.
To make these you’ll need…
- Cardstock for the cards
- Tissue paper in different colours
- Shaped punches or a craft knife to cut out your shapes
- Tracing paper or vellum to layer your ‘stained glass’ onto
- Glue and scissors
- Christmas CD, glass of mulled wine (optional; but hey, why not?)
We started by punching out the circle shape from our cardstock..
Then, take the circle shape and place a square of tracing paper or vellum over it, taping it into place. Cover it with glue from a gluestick (less messy and more forgiving than runnier white glue). Cut strips of your tissue paper and place them in uneven, overlapping layers of the shape;
Repeat as many times as you like, and then draw a circle around the edge of your shape, slightly larger than the shape itself (this makes for a much neater silhouette when you stick it in the card ‘window’, especially when you’re using a t-light with it and having a lot of light shine through)…
Take your original cut-out card and add a tin line of glue around the inside of the circle shape, and then press the tissue-bauble into place, with the tracing-paper side facing inwards, like so (below). Cut a freehand shape for the top of the bauble; we used gold card but any colour will do;
Fold into half and trim if needed.
The christmas tree cards are made in exactly the same way, though are a bit more complex – I cut out a triangle shape, punched a star above and then used this hole punch (a favourite tool) to punch random holes around the tree to simulate fairy lights. Don’t invest in one unless you’re a regular crafter; just use the point of a compass to poke holes through (carefully, of course…)
Then place a battery light behind each one to make them glow;
Package each card up in an envelope with a battery t-light attached (best to save this for hand-delivered cards) – I bought a bulk pack of these and they’re fantastic.
Final step? Walk away from the scene of devastation you have created. Tell yourself that it will look better when you return. Take a bath instead.