Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Do It Yourself -- Paper Christmas Trees

Mike and I finally decorated the house for Christmas.  I was inspired to make a "Christmas Craft."  I just wanted something cute and fun to put on our entry porch table.  I love how these little trees turned out and so, I thought I would share how I made them with you!

You will need:  Several pieces of cute patterned paper, scissors and a compass (or a handy dandy circle cutter blade and cutting board), a wood dowel, and hot glue.

STEP 1
You can do as many or as few "levels" to your tree as you wish.  The key is that the diameter of the circles should get 4 cm smaller each time.  So using a compass and scissors (or your handy dandy circle cutter), cut out the desired number of circles.
Here I cut out 4 circles, the biggest being 16 cm, next is 12 cm, next is 8, last is 4 cm in diameter.
STEP 2
Next, cut a slit half way through the largest circle (cut the radius, basically).

STEP 3
Then, cut a small circle right in the middle--enough to fit around your dowel.

STEP 4
Carefully, postition your circle into a cone shape.

STEP 5
Make sure that is fits snuggly on your wooden dowel. Then, glue the paper so it stays in that cone shape.  Just a strip of glue right inside the "seam" is what I did.

STEP 6
Then, glue the paper cone to the wooden dowel at the tip of the cone.  You can also glue inside the cone, but I found it is stirdy enough without that extra step.

Your base should be able to stand on its own.
STEP 7
Repeat steps 2-6 on all of your circles, glueing them higher and higher up on your dowel.  Make sure they overlap enough to cover up the "gluey" tips of the previous cone.

STEP 8
Using a scissors (or a serated knife), trim the dowel so that there is about 1 inch left above the smallest cone.

STEP 9
Make your topper!
Cut out a piece of paper and fold it in half.
Cut.
Fold in half.
STEP 10
Draw a star or whatever shape you wish
(make sure you draw on the opposite side that you actually want to show).

STEP 11
Cut out the star...and now you have two!

STEP 12
Glue the two shapes onto the dowel at the top of your tree, sandwhiching the dowel between them and taking care to cover the "gluey" tip of the last cone.
You're done!
Have fun making trees of all different sizes and patterns!


1 comment:

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria