mini piñata tissue paper ornamentYesterday we introduced the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge. Here is the ornament which is the inspiration for our overall tree theme and the instructions for how to make it. Next week we will share our finished decorated tree!
mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Gather your palette of tissue paper. We also used some foil from the candy isle at Michaels to add  brilliant shine to the ornaments.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Fold a few sheets of tissue together the same way until it is easy to snip a 3/4 height strip. then fringe along the bottom of the strip about 1/4″ apart and 1/2 way up. When you unfold, you will have long strips of fringe tissue.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Select a base shape for your ornament. We used a small gift box here but there are many options including molded cardboard ornaments in shapes like 3-D stars and ornate classic ornament designs, and even simple glass bulbs.
mini piñata tissue paper ornament

If your shape doesn’t have a loop for hanging, punch 2 small holes in the corner and string some cord, twine or yarn through and tie.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Assemble box and glue openings to secure.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Select a design. For this one we did a three color stripe pattern with solid sides. Lightly glue your first small piece of fringe overlapping all three edges.
mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Continue with gluing overlapping strips.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Change the color to add a stripe.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Until your entire surface is covered.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Trim the excess along the edges.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Then start the same process along each side. If your are doing solid color panels, it could save time to create larger sheets of fringe and then simply cut shapes to fit each panel.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

 

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Get as close to the string as possible. And you are finished.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

Now you can experiment with trying any pattern you can dream up. This pink, gold and peach version also leaves some of the panels un=fringed for added texture.

mini piñata tissue paper ornament

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