October 20, 2010

Balsa Wood Ornament Video Tutorial

These ornaments are quick and easy to make. Especially if you have your background papers ready to go!


Balsa Wood Ornament Tutorial from Shona Cole on Vimeo.

Supplies needed:
- Background paper. Click here for my tutorial on making background papers. 
- Balsa wood, which is a super light weight wood that is typically used in the crafting of model airplanes and so on. I did a quick search to see where you can get it online and I found it here at JoAnn's fabric store.
- Craft knife (and cutting board) and or scissors
- awl or bead reamer to punch a small hole
- Rubber stamp. I used a stamp that I got from Stampington & Co. in my capacity as an Artist On Call for them.
- Glue, I used a regular glue stick
- 26 gauge jewelry wire and wire cutter
- Craft paint and brush
- 7 inches of thin ribbon
- some beads for decoration

In my book, The Artistic Mother, the 5th project the "butterfly reminder" is made using balsa wood. If you own my book and are thinking about having a go making a 'butterfly reminder' then I hope this gives you a feel for working with balsa wood.

I thinks these ornaments will end up on Lily's pink Christmas tree this year! Did I just say Christmas???


  1. Great Tut....thank you for sharing and inspiring!!!


  2. That was awesome, Shona! Thank you!!!!

  3. Thanks Shona! This would make such sweet, original ornaments!

  4. Super cute! Thanks so much!

  5. Thanks for sharing, Shona. So many possibilities...I'm inspired!

  6. Sara Sampson9:57 AM

    What a sweet ornament! I will try this for shure. Great video.

  7. Anonymous11:36 PM

    so very darling those little ornaments!

  8. Hi Shona, thank you for your tutorials and for your book The Artistic Mother. I was just at the bookstore and read it from cover to cover... love it.


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