CHA Craft Super Show Make & Take

Make & Take ornaments

Our Make & Take project at the CHA Craft Super Show

The Dilemma

When we decided to participate in the CHA Craft Super Show (in Anaheim a couple of weeks ago), we were encouraged to offer a Make & Take project for attendees. (A “Make & Take” project means that attendees make a project in our booth and then take it with them.) The trick was coming up with a fun project that didn’t take too much time to make. I wanted to do our layered kaleidoscope ornaments, but was worried that it would take too long to cut out each of the kaleidoscope pieces. As I was wandering through my local craft store looking for ideas, I realized that we could use paper punches that come in graduated sizes – just the ticket for the layered ornaments! (You may wonder why I hadn’t thought of using punches before. That’s a really good question! ;) )

The Solution

Marvy-Uchida deserves a major shout-out here. Our M&T would not have been nearly as successful without their help!  Not only did they provide all of the punches for our M&T, but they did so extremely quickly!! (Having waited until after the holidays to start working on our M&T, I didn’t give them much time.) Imagine my excitement when we received three large boxes of their Clever Lever Craft Punch paper punches in less than a week! Circle, Square, Heart and Flower shapes in the full range of sizes. I love these punches because they are so much easier to use than traditional-style punches.

Thank you Marvy-Uchida!

Marvy-Uchida Clever Lever Craft Punch paper punches

Marvy-Uchida Clever Lever Craft Punch paper punches

The Show

Fast forward to the CHA Craft Super Show…  our M&T was a HUGE hit! We had people waiting in line and all of our pre-printed kaleidoscope sheets (what I thought would be enough for both days) were used up on the first day! It was crazy! Luckily I had brought some additional photo paper and we got up early the next morning to print more kaleidoscope sheets. I am eternally grateful to my sister, Nancy Kurokawa, for running the M&T table and keeping everything organized. (Unfortunately, she was on a short break when the photo below was taken; that’s me in the photo.)

Our booth at the CHA Craft Super Show

Our booth at the CHA Craft Super Show. This was taken the morning before the show opened and you can see me madly trying to make a few ornament samples for the Make & Take project!

Our Make & Take table in full swing

Our Make & Take table in full swing. (That's me filling in for my sister while she took a short break.) Photo by Holly Craft.

The other side of our CHA booth

At the other side of our booth, Ramon was busy giving demos, answering questions and running the cash register. Photo by Holly Craft.

The Project

These ornaments have always been one of our most popular projects and the punches make them easier than ever to put together!  We offered a variety of pre-printed kaleidoscope sheets and different punch shapes for attendees to choose from.  It’s always interesting to see which ones end up being the most popular!  At this show, it was the kaleidoscopes made from purple flowers and the heart shape punches.  But the truth is we had a wide variety of colors and shapes that attendees proudly pinned onto their jackets or bags when they were finished making their ornaments.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our M&T. We thoroughly enjoyed having you in our booth!

Ornament close-ups

Ornament close-ups

How To

Make & Take Ornament Instructions

Make & Take ornament

If you missed our M&T and would like to make your own ornaments using the Marvy-Uchida Clever Lever punches, here are the basic steps:

1. Using Kaleidoscope Kreator, open a photo and choose one of the circle template shapes.  Circle (12) (important to use with the Flower punch shape) and Circle (16) work best. Move the photo around in the work area to create a kaleidoscope design to your liking.

Figure 1

Figure 1

2. Use the Print Multiple feature to print out all of the different kaleidoscope sizes on one sheet.  You want to print the kaleidoscopes just slightly larger than the size of the punches. In this case, print two each of the following sizes: 3.05″, 2.55″, 2.05″, 1.55″, 1.05″.  (These sizes correspond to the following punch sizes: Giga, Mega, Super Jumbo, Extra Jumbo and Jumbo, respectively.) Click on the Properties button on the upper right of the Print Multiple window to set the printer to print on glossy photo paper.  Also set the printer to print in Landscape mode. Then click the OK button to send to the printer.

Figure 2

Figure 2

3. Cut apart each row of printed kaleidoscopes about 1/8″ away from the top edge of the kaleidoscopes. (Figure 1)

4. Punch out the kaleidoscopes. Turn the punches over so that you see how the kaleidoscope is positioned in the punch. If you are punching a shape other than circle, make sure to line up each kaleidoscope the same way each time you punch. (Figure 2)

Figure 3

Figure 3

5. Use an Extra Giga punch size to punch out a piece of cardstock. Use a strong adhesive to adhere one of the largest punched kaleidoscopes onto the cardstock. If you are using either the Heart or Flower shapes, cut the cardstock to match the shape (leaving a small border of cardstock showing).

Figure 4

Figure 4

6. On the side of the cardstock without the kaleidoscope, attach a hanging loop with a piece of tape. (Figure 3)

7. Adhere the other large punched kaleidoscope over the hanging loop.

Figure 5

Figure 5

8. Put foam adhesive on the back of all of the remaining kaleidoscopes and separate them into two groups with one of each size in each group. (Figure 4)

Figure 6

Figure 6

9. Stack the kaleidoscopes with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on the top. (Figure 5)

10. Adhere one stack to each side of the ornament. (Figure 6)

9. (Optional) Embellish with glitter glue.

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