Milagro heart tin-style Mexican ornament: Easy step-by-step photo tutorial
In Spanish, the word milagro means miracle or surprise. Milagros are folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings.
Milagro heart ornament: Make one today!
They are attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects in places of worship, and they are often purchased in churches and cathedrals, or from street vendors. Milagros come in a variety of shapes and dimensions and they can be constructed from gold, silver, tin, lead, or wood.
How to make your own Milagro heart ornament:
You will need metallic foil paper or card in 3 colors, scissors, glue stick and pencil.
Print out your template and trim along the lines.
Cut out three strips of metallic card to the same size (approx. 13x27cm). Fold your template and card strips in half, making a ‘book’ with the template on the outside.
Carefully cut around the template and card. If 3 strips of card seem difficult to cut at the same time you can cut 1 or 2 strips at a time.
Place the milagro strips on a surface with a bit of give – a piece of cardboard or a mouse mat will work well. Turn the card strips over and using a pencil press lightly to make indentations in each milagro card as shown. Run the pencil in a line along the center of the leaves and along the border of the hearts.
Chose one milagro card as your base. Cut the other two cards into pieces – leaves, hearts and crown. Next glue them in place on your base. We used a red foil milagro as the base and added green leaves and a gold crown.
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