(20 crafty days of christmas) shiny rosette ornaments

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Kelly of Notable Nest, aka the paper crafting expert, is on the blog today showing us how to make a shiny rosette ornament. I always look forward to seeing what Kelly comes up with and she didn’t disappoint with this one! You’ll never guess what that rosette is made out of!

It’s been so fun looking through the projects Vanessa has shared so far on her 20 Crafty Days of Christmas feature. I’m thrilled to offer another holiday project today … shiny, silver, rosette ornaments. I’m quite sure you won’t have to do much shopping to get supplies for these beauties.

Can you guess what the rosette is made out of?

Yep, duct tape! It’s the perfect material for an ornament. Shiny, silver, non-breakable, and easy to store. Costing just pennies, you could make one for the whole extended family, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, garbage men, whoever you need. Or you could just make a bunch and let them shine on your own tree!


Here is what you’ll need for this project:

  • Thread,
  • Duct tape,
  • Circle punch,
  • Glue gun,
  • Scoring board (or you can be less precise and just fold on your own), and
  • Various embellishments.

Let’s get started!

1. This is probably the most difficult step of the whole project. Unroll a long piece of tape (mine was 30″), fold it over in the middle, and stick the two sticky sides together. I ended up using a temporary adhesive to keep half of the tape on the table so it wasn’t jumping all over the place. If you can borrow another set of hands, this would be the step to do that! Also, if you’re thinking ahead, place the ends of a loop of thread on the tape before you fold it over. This will be your ornament hanger. You should now have a 15″ strip of duct tape that is no longer sticky on either side.

2. If you have a scoring board like this one, place your strip of duct tape on the mat. Make fold lines every 1/2″.

3. Fold duct tape back and forth along the score lines. If you do not have a scoring board, just do your best folding at about 1/2″ increments.

4. Hot glue the ends together so it forms a circle. With your fingers, force the bottom inward and the top outward until you’ve formed a circular, flat, rosette shape. Put something on top of it to keep it in position while you get your glue gun ready.

5. Cover a small piece of cardstock with duct tape, and punch out a circle. Cover the circle with hot glue.

6. Quickly place the hot glue side into the middle of the rosette circle. Repeat steps 5 & 6 on the reverse side so it’s secured on both sides.

7. If you weren’t thinking ahead in step #1 like me, place the ends of a loop of thread on the back of your rosette, and duct tape them down. This will be your ornament hanger.

8. Embellish the center as desired. I just used some scraps from a previous project. You can include a Christmas greeting here (like above), or use this as a present topper and write the “to” and “from” here, or circle punch a photo, or personalize it with an initial. So many possibilities.

Although this project uses the “regular” duct tape, you could completely customize your ornaments with all the different patterns and colors currently available. This would be a good project to mass produce since it’s so easy and inexpensive to make. I hope you get a chance to try some for yourself!

Hi, I’m Kelly! Crafting has always been a huge part of my life, encouraged in childhood by my Grandma who always had a project for me. I love to create custom parties, make home decor items, and more recently design cards. For recent Christmas card ideas from Notable Nest, check out a set of snowflake cards, a set of modern, graphic cards, and a set of word art cards. A special thanks to Vanessa for inviting me over!

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Hi, I'm Vanessa!

Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.