Thursday, December 11, 2014

Paper Ornament Kit Round Up for the Holidays

It just wouldn't seem like the holidays without some sort of making frenzy going on at my kitchen table... with that in mind, I scouted around for new paper craft kits. There's just enough time left to order, receive, and make some paper ornaments even though the Christmas countdown is pretty far along!

Putz House Ornament DIY Kit from Holiday Spirits

Someone asked on Facebook recently if there will ever be enough little houses... her comment had me smiling in agreement. How about this putz house ornament from Carol Fisher in Chicago? So cute! Carol's Etsy shop, Holiday Spirits, is where you'll find an entire village of tiny buildings to paint and glitter. I love that the kits come with tinsel, ribbon, hand-glittered bottle brush trees and matching wreath in your choice of three colors, and even a sheet of pretty vellum for the windows.

Putz House Ornament DIY Kit from Holiday Spirits Decor

I was wondering about the term 'putz'... turns out it derives from the German word putzen and means to take your time decorating... now there's a happy (and sensible) thought. Little houses as Christmas decor were popular in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s apparently, but it's safe to say they've made quite the comeback the past few years.

Something else that's super popular is anything geometric. Combine that with folded books and you've hit a true sweet spot!

Six Book Ornament Tutorials from Paper Statement

Dorisse of Paper Statement might live in far away Germany, but she's made a tutorial for these nifty folded book ornaments available as an instant download so you can get started right away.

Hanging book sculptures from Paper Statement

They're even on sale at the moment - 20% off with coupon code Xmas2014. You'll receive a PDF that features hand drawn folding diagrams and tips for choosing the right type of book.

DIY Geometric Gold Ornament Kit from Chronus Rhea

More geometrics... Michelle Ebersöhn of Cronus + Rhea in Texas is a graphic designer and multimedia specialist who enjoys exploring geometric abstraction. Lucky for us, she developed kits for making a collection of elegant ornaments in sophisticated colors.

DIY Geometric Ornament Kit from Chronus Rhea

I'd be hard-pressed to take them down when the holidays are over!

DIY Geometric Ornament Kit from Chronus Rhea

Stefani Tadio of Pine Tree Designs in upstate New York recently launched a kit for making a stitched Christmas tree card. I think it would be great as an ornament too if you or the recipient would cut the card down in size by following the red outline. It's far too pretty to hide away in a drawer with a batch of cards... just punch a hole and add a hanging cord.

Christmas Card Kit - Hand Stitched Paper Embroidery from Pine Tree Designs

Stefani also has a pretty shellburst embroidery kit if you're looking for a small project to keep your hands busy once the Christmas rush is over.

Christmas Card Kit - Hand Stitched Paper Embroidery from Pine Tree Designs

Linda Thalmann of PaperPhine in Austria is always coming up with imaginative ways to use paper twine and has put together clever kits. Because sturdy paper twine can be unfurled, it's possible to make little circle ornaments.

DIY Kit Red andWhite Striped Paper Circles from PaperPhine

Then again, you could just assemble paper twine wrapped wooden spools to make a very modern and impromtu Christmas tree. The kit comes with wire and mold to create a star topper and you could even decorate the structure with your paper circles. Linda has other kits too, for everything from bracelets to baskets.

DIY Christmas Tree - Spools and Paper Twine from PaperPhine

If Linda Thalmann and Stefani Tadio are familiar names to you, that's probably because they designed wonderfully unique projects for the All Things Paper book. Linda's is a crocheted necklace made with fine paper yarn and Stefani's is a stitched and beaded sticky note notepad holder.

Shadow Ornament Kit from Helen Hiebert

One last kit for today would be Helen Hiebert's popular Shadow Ornament. You can read more about all of her festive paper craft kits here.

Kits are great little stocking stuffers, not to mention they'll keep until after the big day. If you're like me, you might enjoy working on small projects in the evenings leading up to the new year while still in a festive mood. Happy making!


Amy DeCesare said...

Such beautiful Christmas decorations. I love the traditions they express!

Ann Martin said...

I'm glad you like them, Amy. Merry Christmas!

Rachel said...

I love the little houses, much like the ones I had a a child, in the 1950s, however, there are several definitions for putz and this is the correct one in this context.


:a decoration built around a representation of the Nativity scene and traditionally placed under a Christmas tree in Pennsylvania Dutch homes :


PaG, fr. G, decoration, finery, fr. putzen to adorn, clean

Ann Martin said...

Oh! Thanks very much for clarifying the putz definition, Rachel. I appreciate it.

Handmade in Israel said...

The little paper houses are absolutely delightful!

SUGANTHI said...

They all look so beautiful!!!

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