Thursday, 5 December 2013

Vintage Filigree Christmas Decorations

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting.
I would like to start by saying thank you for all the support for the positivity journal I shared a few days ago. So many of you have been in touch. I promise I will post some more pages soon.
Now for today's offering, some decorations that can also be turned into cards if you want.

I first saw something similar on Pinterest and then decided to adapt it to what I had to hand.
These decorations are mainly made from die cuts cut from an empty cereal packet, a few scraps of DP and some little embellishments.

They are extremely simple to make and could of course be adapted to whatever die cuts or punches you may have in your collection. Here you can see some of the die cuts I used.

I cut two of each, glued them together with the printed side of the cereal packet on the inside and when dry gilded them with Treasure Gold in Pewter. You could of course also paint them in any colour you like, but I love the subtle metal glow of the gilding wax (hard to see from the photo). As you can see I also cut some out of DP. Once everything was cut and dry, all I had to do was layer them up together, using a mix of glue dots and hot glue, attach some embellishments and some silver coloured string and that was it.
Here are some close ups:

The metal embellishments that I used in between the die cuts were bright silver, too bright and not vintage enough for my liking, so I coloured them with Espresso alcohol ink.

If you are not really into Christmas decorations, these can also be turned into cards, simply by mounting them with a piece of mounting foam or some hot glue. Below is an example of that.

We were hit by a hurricane last night, but luckily no major damage was done. I hope anyone else that was hit by the storm, is safe and well!!!

Thank you for visiting today and have a creative time!


Daniella said...

Those are awesome Astrid! Your work is always amazing!!

Deborah said...

Wow Astrid! I thought they were 100% metal, not cereal packets - and they are so beautiful.

May said...

I too thought these were metal...WOW... wonderful work...Hugs May x x x

butterfly said...

They are utterly brilliant, Astrid - it's so fantastic how you've managed to create such expensive looking ornaments out of almost literally nothing! These would sell like hot cakes!!

Glad to hear you're safe so far, do hope it stays that way. We're only on the edge of it all, but it's still pretty filthy out there tonight.
Alison xx

Maryann Laursen said...

Oh my goodness lady, this is so gorgeous. I absolutely LOVE it.
We were hit by that hurricane here earlier today, and it´s like crazy outside here right now. They said it would top here tonight, and it is pretty bad and everything everywhere is closed down, but we´ve been on hold sofar and I hope, we´ll get through it without any larger damages, but out Parbol Cup has blown, so now I just hope our anttenna for the internet will make it through here, but else we´ll be ofline too LOL. But let´s see how bad it goes.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

These are so so so elegant! What a golden treat for the eyes!

Joan said...

Beautiful ornaments Astrid

Anonymous said...

These are gorgeous Astrid ! You'd never believe they were made from cardboard. We've had strong winds today, the only damage we've had is the for sale sign which has snapped in two ! Sue C x

Netty said...

terrific recycling, loving them all. Hope the weather is better for you now. Hugs Annette x

Regina said...

Owwww I love them and I never would have ever guessed what they were made of.

You're an inspiration yet again my dear friend.

rachel said...

these look amazing Astrid - you'd never guess they weren't metallic x

Paper Profusion said...

Oh wow - what a fabulous idea Astrid! Brilliant makes. Hope you stay cosy and warm! Nicola x

Meggymay said...

Wow, these are gorgeous, I thought they were metal till I read the whole post.

Dorthe said...

They are stunning charms for decorating the tree, such a wonderful idea, thank you for sharing - the added pearls and golden pieces makes them look like beautiful jewelery !!
Good you are safe from the storm,my friend ,- here it is still houling outside- I hope I dare go to bed and sleep !!
Hugs from Dorthe

lisa said...

These are stunning, Astrid. I am certainly going to give them a go.
It's been shocking here but thank fully the wind died down just after lunch, not before it had blown 3 fence panels into next doors though!!
Hugs Lisax

Anonymous said...

You fooled me as I was so sure they were metal embellishments you had altered - divine!

Redanne said...

Wow Astrid, like Lynne, I thought they were real metal embellishments, what stunning transformations from cereal boxes and DP - fabulous work! Hugs, Anne x

Terry said...

What gorgeous jewel like ornaments. Astrid, I love that you added them to arched cards, just beautiful! Hugs!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

These are awesome pieces.

Brenda Brown said...

These look terrific, how clever to make such beautiful things by recycling boxes. Glad you are safe. Take care.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Dagmar said...

Wow there are so beautiful! I love them all!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid these pieces are so beautiful , they really looks like juwellery , and as you said you can use them as decoration and cards but olso as earrings, isn't it???Beautiful!!


Inkypinkycraft said...

It was very windy here I have to say but glad you are safe, these are or gorgeous pieces. Xx hugs x oh and I used stormy sky DI on my tag xx will edit it x hugs x trace x

chrissie said...

Stunning and so special-thank you for sharing your magical ideas

Love Chrissie x

Marisa Job said...

These are amazing! They look like real metal!!

Maryanne said...

This is a great idea, Astrid! It's a great way to use dies for multiple purposes! I love what you did with them. They look like metal ornaments and make fabulous additions to cards. Wonderful idea!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Love your gorgeous ornaments, they would look great on our tree :) Thanks for the tips on how you created them, now I need dies like yours! Have a great weekend, Shirleyx

Ros Crawford said...

Oh my goodness!!! I thought these were real metal!! Absolutely fabulous!

Bärbel said...

Wunderschöne und sehr dekorative Elemente!

Anonymous said...

These are exquisite, such a lovely idea!
Alison xxx

Sandy said...

Oh my gosh Astrid what a grand idea and these makes are gorgeous. Now I am really going to give this a go. I have all the stuff. Thanks kid!!

Jools Robertson said...

These are wonderful, they look like exquisite jewellery
Thanks for sharing


Jools x

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