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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Day 2

On the second day of Christmas 
My true love got from me . . .


Two Yuletide ornaments


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Notes:
Maria's accordion ornament consists of three overlapping Zentangle ATC tiles taped together with double-sided tape . . .


. . . and then "slit-scored" to facilitate folding:


The red coloring is pomegranate juice and the green, diluted food coloring. A red silk ribbon is threaded through a small hole in either end.


Molly's tri-fold is constructed from three tangled Zentangle ATCs folded in half . . .




. . . and then taped together with double-sided tape around the hanging cord which is tied to the bells.




P.S.
Ornaments are hanging on our Christmas "family tree."  :-)

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153 comments:

Ellen said...

Wonderful ideas as always

Andi Porrazzo said...

What a beautiful thing.

Jean Chaney said...

Such a nice idea and so beautifully done. I must get to work and do one of these, or several as gifts!

Angela Werner said...

So clever and of course, beautiful! Thanks for the ideas.

Carol Graham said...

The tiles are beautiful, of course - but I just LOVE your "family tree" . . . fantastic idea!

1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

Beautiful ornament ideas!

Julie said...

Thank you for these creative ideas and beautiful samples!

floweringmoon said...

Beautiful examples. I can't wait to try these next week at class :)

Brenda said...

Oh gosh, I love this idea!

Coach Tina said...

Love these ideas

Deborah Lee said...

I'm starting on these for next year's gifts! Always like to give something hand made from the heart.

Robyn said...

beautiful ornaments great use of ATC's

Carrie Novotny-Buss said...

Love the tri-fold..

Lorna Aaronson said...

Cleverness abounds! I love these treasures that you create and so generously share.

Suzanne Johnson said...

What a great idea! Would also make great gifts to slip into a card.

Holly Williams said...

Beautifully creative! This will make a "happy tree"! :-)

KAYC said...

WOW!!! Talk about inventive ...

Jennifer Matthaei Cottrell said...

Great ideas!,, I see a project for today

Noreen said...

Unbound creativity that wraps my heart with joy. So very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea! I see some zentangle ornament on my tree.

Barb B. said...

Great idea for an ornament!

BeverlyBL said...

Very cool ornaments. Love your "paints".

heberube said...

Wonderful ideas.

PeggyW said...

Love the tri-fold ornament Molly!
I used some small pieces of card
stock and narrow ribbon...not as
awesome as Molly's but not bad!
Thanks for the amazing ideas!

OkieCrafter said...

Amazing! The artwork just boggles my mind. I have tried to tangle, but it never turns out like this!

Didisch said...

Wow great idea christmas tree with homemade ornaments, love the harmonica ornament!

Linda Fine said...

I wish that I had more hours in my day to create some of the beautiful ornaments! All of your ideas are fantastic!

RJ said...

I'm always in awe of the beautiful Zentangles on your blog & website.

Mickey Weitsen said...

Clever creations!

Gerri said...

I love giving Zentangle ornaments - and this just gives me new ideas. Thank you!

joann said...

what a neat idea, zentangle ornaments

Rhonda said...

Love the cards and the tangles too. What neat idea's.

Lady Dragoness said...

Love this accordion idea

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

What a cute idea.

Ginny Stiles said...

I'd say you think "outside the box'" but that would be corny.

Gail said...

Thanks for the ideas...wouldn't it be fun to have a whole tree filled with those???

Merrie said...

The jingle bells are in the right place! When someone reaches to pick up and examine the decoration it will jingle in their hand. Lovely tradition to start!

Mayla Moore said...

You have inspired me to try making my own try-fold ornament! Thank you!

Lise Orwig said...

What aa perfect idea! Why haven't I thought of this before???

Kasey ~ in Oz said...

Stunning, I can see a tree laden with these decorations all tied with bright red ribbons. Lovely vision.

ZenniaTangle said...

Love these ornament ideas. Been making stars and snowflakes over this snowy weekend. Today I will try these new ideas.

Mary Pennington said...

What a neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

Think Outside the Box said...

Theer's nothing like beautiful handmade ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree, these are so creative!

Selena Carter said...

That's so beautiful

luvhymns said...

Sweet ornament.... Lucky tree!!

Zachary said...

Beautifully magical! I can imagine these on a mobile too. Can you imagine, tangles rotating and twirling delicately through space? I may have to make one...

crotnem said...

some new ideas. Thanks for sharingw/ us.

Mackin-Art said...

Handmade ornaments are just the best!

marilyn said...

the ornaments are my favorite

DS said...

This is an amazing idea! I'm going to try it!! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!!

Duane said...

Day 2 of the Christmas gifts: I like the folding cards held together with the ribbon. Each card is tangled to look like a continuous string of tangles...like it, love it, and want some more of it....(hehehe) Great job, guys. These are certainly very beautiful.

NanW said...

tstingGreat ideas. Thanks

Joan Stewart said...

Wow! I live the Christmas ornaments - what an original gift they would make.

Betsy said...

This is my favorite day so far! I love ornaments!

Paula (PEP) said...

Who'd have thought the humble ATC could morph into an ornament - you're definitely opening my eyes to possibilities.
Paula (PEP)

melanie said...

They are both lovely!

Basiljen said...

Great idea - you are inspiring, as always!

Amy L. Smith said...

Beautiful ornaments.... always the muse!

mewTilman said...

Love the tri-card idea and inspiring tangles, as always!

Scrappy Canuck said...

Oh, these are a great idea!

Peg F said...

A whole tree of tangles..wonder how long that would take?

alg1010 said...

What a great idea!

Rae Lynn Reffruschinni said...

What a cool idea to use tiles for ornaments!

Susan M. said...

Great idea! I LOVE Zentagle inspired are.

Maria Ruiz said...

BEAUTIFUL GIFT FOR THE
TRUE LOVE <3

Christy Minnis said...

I used to do the trifold ornaments with my students at preschool - never thought of using Zentangle tiles but I will now!

Joan said...

My sister told me aboit zentangle...I really enjoy relaxing. Definitely need it this tim of year!!!

Dorian said...

Christmas ideas each day how wonderful! Thank you!

Kathy said...

Love this idea.

gobarb26 said...

Love the ornament ideas! Very clever and beautiful!

Rae Osborne said...

Love the ornament ideas.

Darkskye said...

Love the accordion one!

Julie said...

Cleaver ornament ideas.

Renata said...

Very creative ornaments!

Anonymous said...

Wow I'm so happy I found zentangle, I will give this a try. Thank you Rick and Maria

Bonnie P said...

Neat ideas!

tanda said...

I never would have thought to do that! Do you tangle before you fold?

Beate K├Âther said...

I'm always amazed by the variety of ideas! I saw some cool materials myself but I can't keep up with this.

Alycia said...

Great idea, love the accordion one.

Janet said...

What a wonderful idea. I make ornaments for my mother and mother in law every year and I'm inspired to make next year's ornaments already!

Deanna Williford said...

Oh! I love these and needed a fresh new idea for my Zentangle Club this month!!I'll email you a photo of the ornaments I made last year!!

Jennifer Neuman said...

Gorgeous! Thanks for the idea. My girls are in an ornament exchange in their 4-H club ... this would be perfect for that! So fun!

Mary said...

Really beautiful! I love the ribbon threaded through the crds.

Tangly Tess said...

very pretty!

Ginnyzz said...

I have some hand painted silk that would showcase the tiles as it is threaded through each one. Really want to try this!

Darlene Propp said...

What fun! I love handmade ornaments on my tree.

Candii said...

The accordion fold ornament is a really neat idea!

Cheryl Kashtan said...

Beautiful designs! Always an inspiration.

Judy said...

Beautiful ornaments! Isee this as a fun class next year!

Theresa Merkling said...

tangles all the way! fun!

Barb F said...

what a beautiful ornament!

Melissa Hayes said...

Simply beautiful!

Rhonda Miller said...

These are beautiful creations.

Valerie said...

So many Tangles; so little time.

Gail said...

Lovely!!!

Kaye Kittredge, CZT said...

Sweet!

HollyA said...

Nice!!

Sophia Lightfoot said...

Such a beautiful way to decorate the tree!

Corinne in Forks said...

Ooh, great ornaments! Great idea! (As usual, of course.)

Dennie czt9 said...

These are all so wonderful, beautiful and inspiring. thanks for sharing. can't wait for the rest!

Valerie said...

These would be heirlooms!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be great to have just a Zentangle tree?

Robin White said...

Beautiful

Esther Piszczek said...

So creative and beautiful! I'm inspired!! Thank you!!!!

Jane said...

So gorgeous!

Claire Warner said...

Such a clever and creative idea... Love the bells!

Carol said...

These are adorable! Can't wait to make some.

Tiffany Oldland said...

I love these!! I am going to have to make some!!

Ready...Set...Assessorize! said...

Wonderful!!!!

Cindy Blake said...

Really would like to make an entire tree zentangles in black and white with a hint of red! Maybe next year...

KatAnn said...

Inspiring! I also would love to have a tree with the theme of zentangles. I can start one a day in the new year... Beautiful!

Corey said...

Lovely!

Terry said...

Very cute idea!

Jennianydots said...

Ornaments are a great idea

pusscat said...

That is so cool!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Clever ideas and new hostess gifts for me to make.

IwonderWhy? said...

That tree rocks! Can't wait until I am one millionth th that good!

lfd said...

Oooh... Aaah..
Love them!

Aloha! said...

Very creative idea!

Rhona said...

Such beautiful ornaments!

Laura Francis, "Your Minimal Effort(tm) Guru" said...

Beautiful ornaments! I can't wait to try some of my own!

Taz42 said...

Great ideas!

Dennie czt9 said...

You make the simplest tangles look elegant and so 3d. Love them.

babdu said...

This is a fun way to display a group of tangles with a Christmas flair.

Jan said...

I'm inspired now to make Zentangle ornaments all year. :) Molly, your bells on the bottom add a whimsical & shiny touch to attract the eye - terrific idea!

Cathrine nicols said...

How classy and creative!

Lisa Lee said...

The students at the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility where I work are always looking for safe ways to decorate their tree. Since I teach Zentangle in my unit on Line, my students already know how to tangle so I will show them how to make all these ornaments tomorrow. I'm sure they will LOVE them. Thank you. Lisa Lee

Ioana S. said...

Interesting idea, especially this time of year!

Eden said...

Great idea. I love the idea of using tangles on cards too.

Diane said...

I love this idea. Very inspiring.

Anonymous said...

What a great way to get some tangles on the Christmas tree. So beautiful.
Thanks, Melissa CZT6
mwcahn@ptd.net

Nancy Roth said...


loving the way you turned your atc into an ornament. I will so have to try that! thanx!!

Chris Titus said...

Love the bells.

Quwatha Valentine said...

These are beautiful ornaments. I must try them. Many of my loved ones are getting framed Zentangles©

Cynthia Douglas said...

Wow! I've always been fairly creative, but THOSE ORNAMENTS !!!!! Wish I had time to make one or two before Christmas, but can't kid myself...... I'm definitely going to make some for next year! LOVE them!

DJ said...

Love the ornaments. Great day 2

Kathy Sustaire said...


Love this idea!

Snazzy Doodle Designs said...

I love the one with the bells!

Jennifer Lai said...

What a great idea!

joislpd264 said...

So blessed and talented!

Alyss Amster said...

Love the ornaments.

Gina said...

the accordion ornament is brilliant!!! well they all are!

Connie Erbert said...

Simply awesome! Thank you for sharing your creative genius!

amy said...

i like the 3D ornament with bells

Tenley Johnson said...

Great ideas, inspirational art work! As always...

Ashley said...

Those are beautiful!

SuBru said...

Love them - I'd like to see the rest of the tree. I bet it is full of more beautiful and creative surprises!

sindarae wood said...

Yuletide if I tide
my heart hides inside
each tangle!

Opal Carew said...

Great idea! I bought some plain silver ornaments at the dollar store and tangled them. They're great hostess gifts!

Susan said...

This is a great idea. Everyone comments on the unusual style of Zentangle.

Zoey Wyn Nelson said...

<3

Barb Round, CZT said...

Next year I hope to gather all my students, and together produce Zentangle Ornaments for a tree to be auctioned for a charity. These ideas are going to add to our repertoire.

Pamela Signorelli said...

Your posts are so inspiring and creative!
thank you for all the great ideas
Pam Sig