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Step by Step Handmade Christmas Ornament

Posted by Graphic 45 12/12/2017 33 Comment(s) Tutorials,Tags,

Hello, G45ers!

 Today we are going to take a walk through a Winter Wonderland shaker tag ornament with Brand Ambassador Kathy Clement. Her creative project is full of lovely embellishments including ribbons, flowers, bells, berries, and pinecones. On top of that, it upcycles some leftover Graphic 45 packaging you might already have on hand. Check out this wonderful ornament and full Snapguide tutorial below. 


Winter Wonderland Ornament Tutorial

By Kathy Clement

“Hello, Friends!  Have you put up your Christmas tree yet?  If so, I hope you have room for just one more ornament because today I’m sharing a festive, sparkling Winter Wonderland ornament tutorial with you.


Best of all, this ornament project uses product packaging as its base, so you are adding Christmas cheer to your home while making good use of an item that would normally go to the landfill.  That’s sure to put you on Santa’s “Nice” list!

Can you guess what product packaging I’ve used?  Yes, indeed.  This is the container for the Graphic 45 Staples Washi Tape Set.  The cylindrical shape and nifty closure make it the perfect vehicle for this dimensional shaker ornament.


This is a project you can make in about an hour, which is always nice during the busy holiday season. 

I’ve used the beautiful green print from Winter Wonderland 12x12 patterns and solids along with a border from the sticker sheet and a couple of the pretty chipboard tags to dress up my tag.



Tip: Always look for fun ways to add texture and dimension to your project. A ribbon topper adds lots of texture to the design, which is always fun.  

Tip: Faux Snow: Pick up mini pine cones on a nature walk, then add them to your design.  I’ve tapped these with Distress Grit Paste to give them a snowy appearance.


Of course, if your tree is already full, this would make a great addition to a Christmas gift basket or cookie plate.  This simple Snapguide tutorial will guide you through the steps I followed in converting this product packaging into a Winter Wonderland ornament.  Let’s get our craft on!” ~Kathy



Check out How to Make a Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland 3-D Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Step by Step Directions to Dimensional Tag Ornament


Graphic 45 Supplies:


Other Products:

  • Shaker elements like sequins, beads, glitter or small buttons
  • ¼” Scor-Tape
  • Red and Green Metallic Pipe Cleaners
  • Alcohol Ink: Red Pepper, Pesto, Gold
  • Red flowers
  • Assorted Christmas Ribbons
  • Gold Glitter Jingle Bells
  • 3” Bottle Brush Christmas Tree
  • Hot Glue Gun


Looking for more Christmas inspiration from Kathy?  
You will love these two Winter Wonderland cards.

Christmas Songbird Easel Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Photo by Graphic 45 Photo 5 .jpg

Christmas Songbird Easel Card

By Kathy Clement



  1. To create a quick card focal, use a large circle die to cut the bird image from the paper collection and mat it on a decorative circle die. Back it with foam tabs or waste chipboard to really make it stand out.

  2. Tap miniature pine cones with Picket Fence Distress Paint to add a natural, wintry feel to your card.

  3. Tie a trio of small, rusty jingle bells together with burlap string to decorate the easel card stopper.

  4. To add to the rustic feel of this card, distress the edges.  I curled the corners around my piercing tool to add to the vintage design.


See full post here


Spoonful of Christmas Card Winter Wonderland by Kathy Clement Product by Graphic 45 Photo 3 .jpg



Weekly Blog Contest

Just leave a comment here on the blog, Instagram, and/or  Facebook to be entered to win! This week’s prize package includes a Ladies Diary - Deluxe Collector’s Edition set, Portrait of a Lady 12x12 paper pad, Patterns & Solids paper pad, Chipboard, Ephemera cards, Staples - Shabby Chic Metal Clock Keys, Brads, and ATC Policy Envelopes, a $100+ value!  Winner will be announced here on the blog Friday, December 15th.  


Thanks for joining us, along with Kathy, for this perfect seasonal project. We love small creations loaded with details like this one, and we hope you find the time to make one for yourself or a loved one. Making an ornament each year is a great tradition and way to mark the period in your life. We'd love to hear about your own holiday traditions in the comments below. 


Happy Papercrafting!

33 Comment(s)

Debbie Siddle:
12/12/2017, 10:39:02 AM

Oh I love tags. More please xx

12/12/2017, 11:22:33 AM

Festive, fun and fast-what’s not to love? Thanks for another fab project.

Vanessa LeClear:
12/12/2017, 11:59:46 AM

Kathy's projects are all beautiful but that shaker tag/ornament really inspires me! Thanks for the Snapguide tutorial--I can't wait to try this!

jean marmo:
12/12/2017, 12:13:04 PM

Such wonderful inspiration!

Martie Rollin:
12/12/2017, 12:35:37 PM

Beautiful Winter Wonderland images! LOVED seeing all three of these delightful projects!!! Kathy's instructions are so easy to follow. Thank you for all the details and tips. This prize package contains such feminine paper collections...just beautiful!!

Sarah Hutchins:
12/12/2017, 12:37:03 PM

Absolutely fantastic! I adore these tags and everything G45!

Yulia Mulyukina:
12/12/2017, 01:02:49 PM

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the tutorial!

Cheryl Wells:
12/12/2017, 01:08:29 PM

The tags are fantastic - I'm saving this info. so I can make some of these - just gorgeous!!! Thanks for the tutorial.

Judy Phillips:
12/12/2017, 01:15:30 PM

What a beautiful tag! Thank you for all of your inspiration.

Michele Lewis:
12/12/2017, 01:19:44 PM

I love all these festive ideas!!! It's awesome that we can incorporate our creativity into making our homes all Christmassy!

12/12/2017, 01:22:40 PM

Portrait of a lady is my favorite collection. I'm working on a giftbox right now for a wonderful lady who turned 90's year old. I'm following a tutorial from Alexandra!

Glenda Buster:
12/12/2017, 01:36:39 PM

Beautiful shaker tag ornament and cards! Thanks for sharing. Now it time to get out my scissors, glue and glitter and, of course, some of my Graphic 45 Paper ❤️.

12/12/2017, 01:40:50 PM

I have been enamored ever since I visited the Graphic 45 booth at the show in Boston. I am in awe of the beautiful creations I saw at the show and continue to see online. The make it take it was phenomenal and I've been hooked and can't get enough of G45. I have been collecting G45 supplies and purchasing as many as I can so I think I'm ready to jump in the water and get my feet wet. I've always been a card maker but am ready to spread my wings on to bigger and more challenging projects. The tags are absolutely beautiful and a work of art, a good place for me to start I think. Thank you for all the inspiration, I look forward to the emails with new projects every day. The tutorials are the best and the prize package today is absolutely fabulous, what a treasure trove of products.

12/12/2017, 02:03:33 PM

I love the idea of incorporating mini pine cones in the tag. Brilliant. Thank you.

Ava Gavloski:
12/12/2017, 02:08:35 PM

Great presentation...

Michelle Nettleton:
12/12/2017, 02:26:21 PM

That shaker tag is a true work of art. All the details are amazing! Thank you Kathy and Graphic 45

Grace K.:
12/12/2017, 02:42:43 PM

Love the ornaments! Tfs! I can't wait to try out this project.

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12/12/2017, 04:10:09 PM

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Kirsty Vittetoe:
12/12/2017, 04:33:53 PM

These are jaw-dropping beauties!!!!

Sue LD:
12/12/2017, 04:36:50 PM

Beautifully decorated projects.

Judy Hodges:
12/12/2017, 05:15:36 PM

It would make my Christmas to win this prize.

Beth M Beery:
12/12/2017, 06:41:31 PM

Such a fantastic tag! And thank you for the tutorial and sharing your creative process!!

Mathilde S:
12/12/2017, 06:52:45 PM

I love your tutorials Kathy,so inspiring and easy enough to follow.Your cards are so festive and intricate.Thanks G45 for a chance to win this awesome giveaway.

Carla Hundley:
12/12/2017, 09:13:30 PM

Gorgeous tag and card. Love all the layers. Carla from Utah

Suzy Hilborn:
12/12/2017, 10:12:03 PM

Wow, the Blog Contest Prize for this week is awesome. Someone is going to be very happy!

12/12/2017, 11:04:43 PM

Love G45 papers the colour combinations are amazing and thanks for inspiring everyday

12/13/2017, 12:16:01 AM

Oh oh so pretty!! Love the paper too!

Dorothy McCarthy:
12/13/2017, 05:32:09 AM,

Very cool!!

12/13/2017, 06:36:52 AM

Always enjoy your beautiful projects, Kathy. The shaker tag is simply AWEmazing.

12/13/2017, 07:20:56 AM

I love the up-cycle aspect of the ornament - what a great idea!! Love this post!!

12/13/2017, 07:29:29 AM

A beautiful tag and a creative use of packaging materials. I am going to look twice at the stuff I am throwing out now.

12/14/2017, 12:03:19 PM,

Lovely tag! Thank you for the inspiration :)

12/14/2017, 01:48:54 PM

Very nice! I love the way the different elements come together and the upcycling aspect makes it even better.

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