I have saved the crown jewel(s) of my Christmas crafting blitz for last!
For the last several years I have made ornaments for the extended family. I’m not entirely sure how it got started, but I think it started with kiddie crafts (jingle bell wreaths and the like), then morphed into very serious jewelry projects, then the (now infamous) Year of the Scarves. Then I put my head back on straight and went back to relatively simple ornaments that could be mass-produced and shipped to the various corners of the country where my family now resides.
My original plan for this year involved lots and lots of tiny cross-stitched patterns, but when I backed myself into a month-long window in which I had to finish all of them, I decided to shelve that particular idea until next year, and go for something simpler.
My new project ultimately led me to this:
What is this mess of colors?
Why, units for origami trisoctahedrons, of course!
Despite the terrifying number of pieces made through very repetitive folding, I had a lot of fun making these. I had to work out my color-matching muscles again, and I long ago discovered that, despite the ridiculous ease of folding paper just the way the instructions say, origami is a very good means of impressing people.
So that’s all my Christmas crafting for you, friends. I have lots of new projects to work on in the new year, but I’m done with my daily posts for a little while.
Once more for good measure –
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!