Today's design team post with Itsy Bitsy is all about decorating your Christmas tree with handmade goodies! I made over a dozen rosettes using beautiful paper and embellishments from the Itsy Bitsy store. If you want to learn more about the new Itsy Bitsy Challenge #11 that runs until January 12th, please see fellow design team member Henriette's post by clicking the Challenge link above.
To start, I trimmed 1" x 12" strips of paper from 4 of the different patterned sheets from the Joyful Rhapsody paper pack. I scored them every half inch and then flipped the paper over to do it again so that I had both mountain and valley folds on every quarter inch mark.
Folding them is as easy as making a large accordion pleat, then attaching the two ends together using a thin but strong tape so that you have a pleated ring.
Using a hot glue gun, you'll need to run a line of glue along the outside of a 1 1/4" circle of heavy duty cardstock to anchor your rosette to.
Working quickly while the glue is still wet and extra hot, push the pleated ring down on to the glued circle base until it forms a rosette. This part can be a bit tricky because the paper wants to spring back up at you, but hold it down firmly for a minute into the hot glue and you should be good to go.
I then cut three 1 1/2" circles from the glitter paper that comes in the Joyful Rhapsody pack and 1 from glossy silver foil board to attach your Holiday Embellishments to. Using more hot glue, add these decorated circles to the front of your rosette.
Lastly, use more hot glue to secure a ribbon (for hanging) to the back of your rosette and then add them to your Christmas tree to enjoy the entire holiday season!
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas season~