Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2022: Day One and A Small Ornament

This Advent all the projects will all be based on circles, or circular things like spirals and spheres. To start things off, here’s a simple ornament.

If you wish to draw your own circles or use a circle cutter, you will need to create a scored triangle on each so that you have three flaps around the circumference for gluing. Instructions for dividing a circle in three (or six) can be found here.

If you don’t own a pair of compasses, you can do the measuring and marking using a ruler. Alternatively, you could print out and use this circle chart

or this circular protractor. (Click on the picture for the full size file. Both images come from Printablee.com.)

I created a printable file that makes a dozen circles. After printing on a sheet of yellow card stock, I created a scribble pattern on the non-printed side.

Score the fold lines on the circles before cutting them out. After cutting, fold the three flaps toward the ‘good’ (non-printed) side. You will need a minimum of four circles to make a small ornament.

Glue three of the units together to make a triangular pyramid. Before gluing the fourth unit to the three available flaps, make a loop of string or thread and pull it through the hole at the point. A fine crochet hook helps with this. If you are using a fine thread, your knot will be quite small so you may want to add a bead or glue the tails of the loop to the interior surface.

You can make a larger ball using eight units.


Tomorrow: Day Two and a Spiral Fold. Learn to make a folded star designed by Ann Kittridge of @annmadebooks.


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About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than thirty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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4 Responses to Byopia Press Advent Calendar 2022: Day One and A Small Ornament

  1. I really like seeing how these are made. My father was a teacher who liked doing this kind of project with his classes, and I still have some if his templates today.

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