My go-to quick and easy holiday decoration is always the "tussie-mussie."
The following tutorial was posted for some Christmas decorations, but the
process is the same for any tussie-mussie. I've made some out of scrapbook
paper for May Day next week, which are shown at the end of this post.
You will need the following supplies:
An old book, the larger the format the better. (Or any pretty paper stiff enough to hold its shape, like scrapbooking paper or card stock) Box cutter or X-Acto knife, pencil, scissors, glue, circular pattern (like a plate or bowl), hanging cord or ribbon. Optional: embellishments like beads, buttons, glitter, etc.
Use your knife to remove pages from the book.
Mark around your circular pattern.
Cut out the circle shape, then remove a pie
shaped portion of the circle that is approximately 1/3 of the circle
and set it aside. (You can embellish your cones with cutouts from
these pie shaped pieces later on.)
Hold the paper pie in both hands and gently roll it into a cone shape,
rolled loosely or tighter for a smaller/taller cone. While still holding
the rolled cone, put a little glue on the inside fold of the pointed tip of the cone.
Roll your fingers around the tip and hold for a few seconds until glue sets.
Where the edges touch at the top rim, again add a bit of glue to secure the rim.
That's all there is to it! So easy and instant gratification.
I love the way these black and white images turned out and the surprise
is that the inside of the cone also has something of interest to see.
Any book will work, the lower cone below was a page from a gardening book.
Now all that's left to do is embellish or not, add a hanging cord or ribbon.
You might have noticed the meat thermometer above ???
I used it to poke a hole on either side below the top rim to string the cord through. :-) You can also add "tails" hanging from the tip of the cone by gluing them inside the tip prior to rolling the cone.
That was then and now it's already May Day 2011!
How did that happen so fast???
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope someone gifts you with some pretty flowers for May Day. The roses are the first flush from my 'Joseph's Coat' climber.