So pretty much since Christmas was over, I started thinking of next year's Christmas ornament. This was one option - the die cut sleigh from Sizzix/Tim Holtz. I tried cutting it from 1/16" balsa wood, but the curved pieces were too frail and broke off. I did not have any 3/32" pieces at the time, so was wondering if chipboard would be sturdy enough to make a decent ornament.
I now have half a dozen of these goodies. I die cut two pieces of the sleigh for each from chipboard. There is that debossed detail at the top, which comes out on the right side, but does not appear on the negative, so I took a ball tool and traced it out so that it could be seen on both sides when the sleigh is put together - and it would be present inside and outside of the sleigh.
I cut a 1/2" wide x 5" long piece of chipboard. I used a Sharpie pen to fold a small curve in the front, and a fat whiteboard marker to curve the back. I then used hot glue to glue the piece to each side of the sleigh. Happy hoe it turned out - ignoring the glue blotchies of course. Hey, it adds to the handmade appearance!
Now what to do... this is not finished, this is just the beginnig...
I am thinking...
1. adding small eyelets to the front, or punched holes, to add a small string of mini jingle bells
2. adding a clear coating of spray varnish to see if the glitter will hold up better - but I want the body of the sleigh to stay matte - or just live with glitter flutter
3. eyelet to the back for hanging
4. mini burlap gift bags to be the "gift sack", and fill it with decorated wood blocks for "gifts", and tuck in some mini toys, using glue
5. if no mini burlap, take muslin bags and decorate them - stampings, inkings, etc
6. small ribbon or card stock banner with a Christmas greeting over it
Candy sleigh - same as above, but fill the baggie with chocolates
Christmas flora - die cut pine cones, and greenery to fill it, or holly leaves, inked/painted/glittered
Make these as ornaments, fill the sack with candy, and make the banner with names, and leave them as place settings for our gathering, or family get together.
Maybe before I glue the pieces together next time, add the eyelets/holes to the center panel before gluing.Christ