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This year, I have very little income to purchase Christmas gifts, so I have been experimenting with creative and beautiful ways to give gifts to friends.  Inspired by my housemates lovely Poinsettia I created some lovely ornaments/cards/holiday decoration.

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They turned out really well, so I thought I’d do a quick tutorial  on it.  I painted a couple pages of an old book red/  On one side I splattered a couple different shades of red, and a cream color to give dimension to the flowers.  For my four flowers I painted 10 pages red, one page green, for the leaves, and one page gold, for the center.

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It is only important to splatter one side of the pages, but the other needs only to be painted red. Neither the gold or the green need extra coloring.

To create a poinsettia you need to cut a circle out of thin cardboard or card.  I used a ribbon spool as a template, It was about 4″ diameter.  If you use cardboard, glue a piece of quality paper over one side of the card.  You will write on this later. (Optional: Cut a small hole about 1/3″ from the edge of the circle and place a grommet. Insert a ribbon or method of hanging through the grommet.)

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Cut one painted page into 6 equal strips. Cut the other page into 6 leaves.  You can do this with a punch or a cutting system, but I did not use either.  I wanted each leaf to be slightly different.  I think it adds character to the flower.  Fold all the leaves in half lengthwise. For the center gold bits I used a Stampin’ up punch. Feel free to use whatever you would like.  I fold the edges inwards so that they have depth.

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Now comes the tricky part.  You are going to want to fold the strips. to create a peak.With the plain side facing you, Fold the left side over the right. Glue it in place, with a small dab of glue. Then glue your peak to the card circle, like you see in the pictures. Finally, fold the longer side of the peak back over on itself, and glue it down.

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Continue folding the strips, and attaching them in a clockwise manner, until all six peaks are on the poinsettia.

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Now it is time to add the folded petals.  Glue them around so that they come out in between the peaks.

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Now you want to glue the the center pieces in. Push them together, so they create dimension.

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Once the front is done you can add the leaves on the back.

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Add the leaves in bunches of two, and then add a personal note.

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Voila, your own poinsettia ornament, made from the pages of a discarded book.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey hang nicely, and look lovely.

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