Inchie Ornament Tutorial

Inchie cube ornaments are so much fun to make for any occasion, but especially nice this time of year.  Since I did not find instructions anywhere, I thought I would share my creative process in making them.  My husband was thinking a copper metal one would be nice to try, and mesh and = Wow!

Here you go, nothing hard or mysterious; like most projects it just takes a little time and enthusiasm.

*Step 1*

Print out your template, generously shared by Shelly Rae Wood, here. I used white card stock; fitting two on one sheet of paper.  You could also print on patterned paper and skip to *Step 4*.


After cutting out the templates, score each line.  A metal ruler is helpful and instead of my bone folder I used this old fashioned lead pencil with no lead.  Bend your scored lines back and forth, it’s a good way to make sure you got them all.

*Step 2*


I used my new foam blending tool (thanks again Sue), to apply color to the blank side of the template.  I tried one with Lumiere paint as well.

*can you see another great background paper emerging from the sheet of paper I’m using to protect my table top 🙂

*Step 3*

step-3-stampHere I stamped with a favorite background stamp.  The sky is the limit on what you can do at this step (at each step actually – can’t wait to see what you all create).

*Step 4*

step-4-poke-holeI found it easiest to poke the holes in the top and bottom for the hanging wire, before I glued the cube.  Mark the center of both the Top square and Bottom square on the inside of your template.   Having something soft underneath helped to keep the card stock from bending while poking the pencil through.

*Step 5*

step-5-glueUse your favorite adhesive to begin gluing the tabs inside the cube. This step takes a little patience; you want to be sure your cube is lined up squarely and that the paper sticks securely. I hold the cube and tweek it gently with my fingers, turning often.  Then proceed to the next tabs until you are ready to close your cube, just like a gift box, with the last tab also glued and tucked inside the cube.

*Step 6*

step-6-decorateTime to decorate and embellish with bits of this and that.  It doesn’t take much on a one inch canvas! You will have a hole at the top and bottom of your cube.

*Step 7*

step-7-wireTo create the hanger, I used 20 gauge silver wire (an 8 or 9 inch piece worked for me) and beads, working from the bottom up.  Be patient as you’re trying to feed your wire from the bottom hole into the top one; sometimes it takes a bit of fiddling. I added a tiny crimp bead at the very top of the beads to keep them from sliding.

Here is a sample of one of my painted inchie cubes…..I used Lumiere paint and edged with a gold Krylon pen.


Hope you found this tutorial helpful and that it has inspired you to play with inchie cubes.  I bet you can’t make just one 🙂 Thanks again to Fran and Linda and Rosie for getting me going!

By the way, I would LOVE to see what you make with the inchie template, sharing is fun!

51 responses to “Inchie Ornament Tutorial

  1. These are so pretty and thanks for the tutorial! I may well try some of these. And thanks for visiting my blog for Pink Saturday!

  2. o these are so beautiful,
    great image and colors!!!

  3. Thank you for the tutorial. Quite an inspiration!

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  5. Fabulous..thanks Patty!
    XX 🙂

  6. Patty, how fabulous! I am going to try to get some made to give out as gifts. What fun it will be to do each one differentl Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. oh wow and wow, love the purple and gold decoration, the beading is stunning, thank you so much for sharing this tutorial, i definitley wil be trying this out:)

  8. what a great tutorial! great pictures and good descriptions : )

    oh and how does that blending tool works for you? I’ve heard a lot about it : )

  9. Thanks so much for this great Tutorial. I will tbis work. Hugs

  10. Thanks you so much for emailing me about this tutorial. its definately my kind of project and i really appreciate it.
    Thank you so much. Please pop by my blog if you get chance and say hello there
    Hugs June xxxxx

  11. Awesome !!! It’s so special and unique. Thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Thanks for doing this!! I thought the little cubes were wood – like the big chunkies you were doing!!!

  13. Patty! Great “toot”! Thank you soooo much! Your ornaments are beautiful….and thanks for showing your favorite stamp…i love that stamp…wish i had one!

  14. Terrific tutorial Patty, beautiful pictures, easy directions….don’t make me want to do this….i cannot do ONE MORE THING….well, maybe one more!! =)

  15. Thanks for sharing. This very evening I’ll try it! For me inchies are very small..but tonight I’ll win!

  16. Thanks for the tutorial. It’s quite an inspiration!
    Your ornaments are gorgeous.

  17. Hi Patty, first of all thanks for your lovely comments on my style stone card. Just dropped by to look at your work and it is all stunning!!!! I love your stylish inchie ornaments and doubt I could make anything even 1/10 as good but I might just give them a try as you have done such a good tutorial on this, thanks, Denise

  18. Oh Patty you are such a doll! thank you so much for this totally inspiring tutorial. When I saw these last week I figured you were using something I wouldn’t beable to get my hands on as a base and then it turns out to be card! brilliant! I can’t wait to try these. Hugs Margaret

  19. thank you so much for the tutorial , they are wonderful jenxo

  20. that’s so nice and kind of you to share the tutorial. beautiuful ornaments, would love to see a metal version, good one husband 😉

  21. I tried it – see my blog!!! I think my mistake was trying to use the template as a pattern to cut out the box – does not work as perfectly as my ‘perfectionism” would like. I guess 1 dimensional inchies are my limit!! LOL But your instructions could not be more perfect!!! Looking forward to more of your online tutorials!!!!

  22. these are really awesome!

  23. Great tutorial and great idea. When I first saw them on your blog I thought they were altered wooden blocks.

  24. your inchie ornaments are adorable! thanks for the tut

  25. These are awesome, can’t wait to make one, or two, or three or …….

  26. You are such a smart person to make that cube from scratch. I love these tiny creations. I am going to have to try this. I also love your ornament hook . Have never seen one like it.
    And thanks for the tutorial.

  27. Patty, thanks for the tutorial. I had the pattern but had not seen one completed and had a completely different idea which I was struggling with. Now I am ready to go to town on those.

  28. What a great tutorial,Just in time for christmas but be a wonderful present anytime loved your

  29. great tutorial, I got my first inchies today so what a coincidence . will try it out tomorrow

  30. Hi, I fell in love with these when I saw your pictures and tutorial. I made my first one this morning even though I have a couple hundred other things I should be doing! Here is a link to pictures of what I came up with, I posted them on my blog, I added a link to your tutorial I hope that’s ok with you, if not please let me know and I’ll remove it right away but I like to give credit where credit is due and thank you for making my day! I’m so pleased with how it turned out, I have that “I made something beautiful” feeling and I love it! Here are the pics..

  31. Gorgeous cubes. Thank you for sharing tutorial, I hope you don´t mind me linking your blog.

  32. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you for sharing this.

  33. I had so much fun making inchie ornaments..the possibilities are endless. Thanks you for your inspiration…a picture is worth thousands of words.

  34. Wow this is beautiful. I will certainly be playing with this clever little idea!

    I’m so glad I found your siter through owoh

    Thank you,

  35. I will try to make it on my holiday .
    We will go to Norway and Denmark with a caravan full of my things to make a lot of art I hope .
    Thanks for the stop at my weblog !

    Understand you this bad English of me ??

    Love Rini – Catharina

  36. Wow! I am off to make some of these!
    Thank you!
    They are great!

  37. Thank you so much for sharing your time and expertise! Very much appreciated!

  38. This tutorial is fantastic! The images and description method are perfect. Now I cannot wait until next Christmas, but then they can also be used in other ways.

    Thank you

  39. I have just discovered this ornament tutuorial Patty. The ornament is gorgeous. Thanks for beind generous.

  40. Thanks for the tutorial! This looks like fun!

  41. plein de mercis
    super tuto

  42. I love this and cannot wait to try it, thank you so much for sharing.

  43. I love inchies, very nice this one, thank you for showing and explaining. best wishes, Janine

  44. It’s so beautiful, i love this idea ! Congratulations !

  45. Fabulous idea and thanks for the tutorial 🙂

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  47. Okay, I’m going to have to make these. Your photos in your tutorials are excellent. I may try to add family photos. I’ll see.

  48. This is SOOO cool!

  49. this is awesome Patty! How did I not see this before? Or did I not remember it…. Happy Holidays my dear!

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