DIY Paper Christmas Tree

I have a confession to make–I am not a fan of Christmas crafts.  I think my disdain stems from the fact that I hate the color red.  But I am not a total Grinch, so I decided that I needed to do at least one holiday craft.  I was browsing Anthropologie, and I saw some sheet music Christmas tree’s that looked pretty cute. So armed with the junk in my craft drawer, I set out to make my own version  The end result was actually much better than I had anticipated.  Maybe I don’t hate Christmas crafts as much as I thought I did (or maybe I was just caught up in the holiday spirit).  Either way,  I think I might just make some more paper trees.  Maybe I’ll create a whole forest….well, maybe not.

Materials:

  • 4-6 sheets of paper
  • printer
  • 1 bamboo skewer
  • Wine Bottle Cork
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Print a phrase of your choice onto the paper.  I used “Merry Christmas to you!”
  2. Cut the paper into squares of varying shapes, zig zagging your scissors back and forth to create uneven edges.
  3. Use the sharp end of the bamboo skewer to poke a hole in the center of the largest square.
  4. Slide the square onto the skewer.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all of the paper.  Make sure to slide the squares on in order from largest to smallest and stagger the placement of the squares to create a full tree silhouette.
  6. After creating the tree, poke the end of the skewer into a wine cork to create a tree trunk and base.
  7. Carefully break off the excess skewer.

That is all you have to do to create your own paper tree.  If you prefer, you could use newspaper instead of copy paper.  You can also make larger trees by just cutting out more squares.

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