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How to Make a Honeycomb Ornament

This honeycomb ornament is not as complicated as it looks. The trick is in getting the alternating "glue points" right. Tissue paper or some similarly thin material works well for this project since the paper doesn’t resist when you spread out the layers.

honeycomb ornament photo

You will need:

* Tissue paper, enough to make 18 circles, each measuring 3 inches in diameter
* Circle template, 3 inches in diameter
* Scratch paper
* Pencil
* Scissors
* Mini glue dots
* Sheer ribbon, 3/16 inch wide by 30 inches long
* Bead with a large hole

Prepare the hanger. Cut a piece of ribbon 18 inches long. Thread both ends of the ribbon through the bead and tie them in an overhand knot about an inch from the ends. Trim the ends at an angle. Set aside.

Trace and cut 18 circles from the tissue paper. Fold each circle in half, and then set them aside.

Using the template, trace a circle on the scratch paper. Right outside the circle mark points with alternating 1's and 2's as shown. This will be your guide when gluing the circles together.

Take the first folded circle, lay it on the guide, and open the circle. Apply a glue dot at the edge of the circle next to the points marked "1", then close the circle again, leaving it on the guide. Next, apply glue on the circle next to the points marked "2", then stack the second folded circle on it. Open the second circle, and apply glue to the "1" points, and close the circle. Apply glue to the "2" points, then stack on the third folded circle. Continue this way with the rest of the circles; when you stack on the last circle, open it up and apply glue to the "1" points and close it again.

Next, open up the ornament, carefully spreading out the layers and bringing together the top and bottom layers of the stack. Before gluing them together, though, you’ll need to add the hanger. Lay the ribbon along the spine or folded edge of the stack so that the pearl sticks out at one end the ornament, and the loop hangs out at the other. Now apply glue to the "2" points of the last circle, then glue the top and bottom layers of the stack together. Tie a separate bow at the top of the hanger as a finishing touch.

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