Here's a fun, rolled paper Christmas ornament to try, made out of triangles. This is for the September Papertrey Blog Hop where we are challenged to make a wreath.
Papertrey does have some dies for this, but you can certainly cut your own triangle banners. As long as you have a consistent height on the short, flat side you'll be fine. You'll never be able to tell if the two long sides are not at the same angle.
At first I did some out of magazine paper, but since it was so thin, each roll was pretty skinny. And that would mean I'd have to make A LOT of them to complete the circle. So instead I used some fun card stock (Crate Paper Acorn Avenue Chestnut Boutique). Just make sure to mist the top of the triangle with water if you're working with a thick paper. Otherwise it's impossible to roll around the toothpick.
Once you've rolled the triangle, make it into a bead by putting some glue on the tip to hold it in place. Then start gluing them all together to form a wreath. I alternated long, patterned rolls with short, white rolls to give the wreath more variety.
Since this is for our Christmas tree, I added our initial in the middle. It's die cut from the Papertrey Modern Alphabet Uppercase set. At first I hung it with fishing line, but it was too hard to get the letter to stay in the right place, so I ended up using a fine gauge wire instead. The hollow white paper bead worked perfectly to thread the wire through and then bend to keep it in place.
Because I wanted it to look nice on the back, I chose to spend a little more time and glued the beads together on the sides, instead of gluing them on a circular base. Just glue the beads together on the very bottom sides so they form a more natural circle. Not that I want to point out my mistakes, but you can tell on the left side where the white beads are facing a little down instead of straight out. That's because I glued them too high on the bead. Next time I'll know : )