Kaleidoscope Flower Ornaments

Kaleidoscope Flower Ornament

Kaleidoscope Flower Ornament

If you own Kaleidoscope Kreator Favorite Projects Volume 1, then you might recognize the techniques used in these ornaments. They’re a combination of our layered ornaments and our 3-D flower cards. You can use any digital image you’d like (flowers are particularly colorful), but I find it’s fun to use a photo of kids or pets. The original photo is not immediately apparent in the final ornament and it’s a fun to watch the reaction when someone recognizes the subject of the photo.


Kaleidoscope Kreator™ 3
Computer with inkjet printer & plain paper
Glossy photo paper (lightweight)
Digital or scanned photo
Ranger Stickles™ glitter glue
Sharp scissors
Paper piercer
Two brads
Two 4-inch squares of coordinating cardstock
Removable adhesive
10-inch cording or ribbon
Red liner tape (or similar high-tack tape)


Note: Click on any image to see a larger version of it.

  1. Position the photo in the work area to create a kaleidoscope design to your liking.

    Figure 1

    In Kaleidoscope Kreator, open your digital photo and create a kaleidoscope design using the Lotus (08) template shape. You also can use the Star (08) or Flower (08) template shapes. Move the photo around in the workspace and watch the kaleidoscope preview window in the upper right corner of the screen. (Figure 1) Try clicking on the Pinwheel Mode button in the toolbar to see if you prefer that.

  2. The Print Multiple=

    Figure 2

    Place the photo paper in the printer tray. Select File>Print Multiple from the menu. Make sure Maintain Proportions is checked. Then enter 3.5 inches for the Width and 2 for the Quantity, and then click Add. Change the Width to 3 inches and click Add. Continue in this manner with both 2.5 and 2 inches. Make sure Print Margins and Show Cutlines are unchecked. (Figure 2) In the upper right of the Print Multiple window, choose your printer, then click on Properties to set the printer to the manufacturer’s recommended setting for glossy photo paper. Click Print at the bottom right to send to the printer. Let the ink dry for a few minutes.

  3. While the ink is drying, print one more kaleidoscope on plain paper. Select File>Print Kaleidoscope, make sure Maintain Proportions is checked and enter 3.75 inches for the Width. Make sure all of the other boxes are unchecked. In the upper right, click on Properties to set the printer to plain paper and economy or draft mode. Put a piece of plain paper (it can be scratch paper) in the printer and then click Print at the bottom right of the window. (This kaleidoscope will be used as a template for cutting out the cardstock.)
  4. Cut out the cardstock in the shape of the kaleidoscope.

    Figure 3

    Adhere the two squares of cardstock with a removable adhesive. Adhere the kaleidoscope printed on plain paper to the cardstock with removable adhesive. Cut out the kaleidoscope so the cardstock is now the shape of the kaleidoscope. (Figure 3) Separate all of the pieces, remove adhesive and discard the plain paper kaleidoscope.

  5. Cut out the kaleidoscopes on the glossy photo paper.
  6. Apply glitter glue along the outside edge of each kaleidoscope and along the outside edges (on both sides) of each piece of cardstock. Allow the glitter glue to dry before continuing.
  7. Find the center of the cardstock flowers

    Figure 4

    Find the center of the two pieces of cardstock. Place a straight edge from across the cardstock from valley to valley. Make about a 1″ line along the straight edge in the center of the cardstock. Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and place the straight edge from valley to valley again. Make another line along the straight edge that crosses the line already drawn. (Figure 4) The point where the lines cross is the center of the cardstock. Repeat for the other piece of cardstock.

  8. Fold the kaleidoscope flowers as shown.

    Figure 5

    Fold each printed kaleidoscope along the indentations (valleys) of the flower petals. First fold from valley to opposite valley toward the back, so the backsides meet. Crease gently to prevent the photo paper from cracking. Turn the kaleidoscope 90 degrees and fold toward the back again. The two folds should be perpendicular to each other. There should still be two pairs of valleys that have not yet been folded. Fold those toward the front (right sides together). (Figure 5)

  9. Roll the tips of the petals towards the back.

    Figure 6

    Curl the tips of the petals toward the back. (Figure 6)

  10. Pierce the center of each kaleidoscope and the center of each piece of cardstock with a paper piercer, then divide the kaleidoscopes into two piles with one of each size in each pile. Starting with one pile, nest the four kaleidoscope (from the smallest to the largest) by pushing a brad through the center hole. Attach the flower to one of the pieces of cardstock with the same brad (Figure 7) and fasten the brad.
    Attach the stacked flowers to the cardstock with a brad.

    Figure 7

    Repeat with the other pile of kaleidoscopes and cardstock. (Figure 8)

  11. Attach a loop of cording or ribbon to the back of one of the pieces of cardstock.
  12. Use red liner tape (or other strong tape) to adhere the two pieces of cardstock together (positioning so the valleys of one piece line up with the outer tips of the other). (Figure 9)
  13. Stack the kaleidoscopes with smallest on top and largest on the bottom, attach to the cardstock through the center with a brad.

    Figure 8

    Rotate each kaleidsocope layer in the “flowers” so that the valleys of one line up with the points of the layer above it. (Figure 10) This will enhance the “flower” effect.

Attach a loop of cording or ribbon and add strong double-sided adhesive to the back of one side.

Figure 9

Arrange each layer to that the points of one layer fall in the valleys of the layer beneath it.

Figure 10

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