Handmade Holidays: recycled paper trees
by guest contributor Rebekah Apotre
While watching some of my favorite Christmas movies, I’ve made a few quick and cute holiday decorations from old greeting cards and magazines–two things that everyone has laying around the house. For this project you’ll need:
Materials and Supplies:
glue gun or craft glue
magazine’s, old greeting cards, scrap booking paper even old wrapping paper or paper grocery bags would work – I used some pages out of Boho Magazine because they are sturdy, made of nice matte paper and have pretty prints
a marker or dark pen
ornament hooks- optional if you want to hang this as an ornament
step 1. Start by drawing a Christmas tree on your scrap paper to make a template to work from. I think it looks cute to draw one that is slightly a-symmetrical to give your tree a Charlie Brown effect. Just make sure the bottom of the tree is a straight line.
Step 2. Cut out two trees–you can use contrasting papers or matching ones. I used the covers of the magazine and some old greeting cards because they are sturdy enough to stand up.
Step 3. On one tree, cut a slit down the middle of the tree about half way down from the top of the tree. While on the other tree, cut a slit half way down the middle of the tree from the bottom.
Step 4. Fit the two trees together matching up the slits you cut. You should now have 1 tree with 4 sides. Since you cut the bottoms of the trees straight across, your creation should stand up on its own.
Step 5. Use a glue gun or craft glue to secure all the pieces. Just small dots of glue should work.
Optional: Use glitter spray paint to make these little trees especially festive.
I made trees in a few different sizes and these will be our Christmas tree this year. Happy holiday crafting!