Monday, December 20, 2010

Day 10: Paper Christmas Tree

When we saw this cute idea on Allsorts (courtesy of Craft Gossip), we knew it would be the perfect addition to our Twelve Days of Homemade Christmas! Such a simple design and so easy to modify! So easy, in fact, that this is one the kids can definitely help with! And we think it would be a great addition to any holiday decorating! The original design is actually a printable version (so if you want, you can simply download and print it out), but we wanted to use the basic idea and make it our own using materials we had on hand.

What You Need:

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Wooden Skewer

  • Ruler (optional)

First, we found that making a template was handy. The base of our tree shape was about 6 1/2" wide. Making the template helped us make a uniform shape for our tree as well as make sure the loops of paper didn't get too long - the longer they are, the more they tended to droop and lose their tree shape.

Next, cut a few strips of paper. We made ours about a fingers-width wide (yeah, exact measurement isn't our thing), but play around with it and find what you think looks best! We were going to use wrapping paper for a festive look, but then decided that plain white would look elegant. Since the white paper we were using was from a ream of that continuous feed type computer paper with the holes up the side, we decided to use the holes as added decoration!

To make your tree,lay your skewer on top of your template and poke a hole at the end of one of your strips.Feed the strip down your skewer to about where you will want it to be (this can always be adjusted later). Bend your strip up and poke your skewer through again making a loop. Bend it up and poke your skewer through again on the opposite side of your skewer to make a second "branch" on the other side. If this sounds confusing, check the picture below to get a better idea of what we mean. Continue in this fashion until you reach the decided look and height for your tree, using your template as a guide for size and shape. When one of your strips runs out, simply use your glue to adhere the end of your strip to another.

Now to top your tree! We thought about making a star for our topper, but decided to go with a sparkly silver paper circle to compliment the polka dot feel of our tree. A red ribbon tied on top would have been cute, too!

To display our tree, we filled a decorative container (in this case a mug) with rice and simply stood our tree up. Then we displayed it amongst our other decorations and admired it's striking simplicity and design!
Another cute idea would be to display these as muffin or cupcake toppers, as in the original idea. Or maybe use pinking shears to cut the strips to create a fun edge to your branches! The possibilities are endless!
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