Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial

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Paula and I were recently in one of the local craft stores and we saw some xmas trees made out of paper. They were $90 so we decided we should make our own.  Neither of us likes to cut up books so we decided to use scrapbooking paper, and we are delighted with the result.

This is a great project for a Christmas centrepiece. And it’s something you can get older kids involved in. So here is our Paper Christmas Tree Tutorial for you.

So What Do You Need?

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  • 10-12 different sheets of scrapbooking paper
  • 1 tub of playdoh or some plasticine
  • 1 firm cardboard cupcake holder
  • 1 wooden skewer – ours measured 11½”

Martha, one of our lovely readers suggests using old Christmas Cards instead of Scrapbooking paper and we thought this was a really good idea.

Method:

  • Start cutting your paper.

For an 11½” skewer  – 180 Squares:

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You need 10 squares in an assortment of sizes starting with 5″.  Always start with the largest size first to maximize the use of your scrap paper.  You only cut one size from each piece of paper – if that’s the look you want. Really you can cut your squares from whatever scraps you have. With the red and black tree we double up a couple of times and it still looks great

After you have cut 10 x 5″, you cut 10 x 4¾”  etc. keep cutting in this way until you are down to ¾”. So each size will be ¼” smaller than the previous square.

If are using a smaller skewer, use ½” increments instead of ¼”.

You can use pinking shears to trim the outside of the squares or you can simply leave them straight cut.

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Place a dot in the centre of each square. The table below has been provided so that you don’t have to work it all out.

Lay the squares out on your workspace in their sizes so that you can just pick up the next size down as you finish putting the squares on the skewer.

Fill the cupcake holder with Playdoh.

Insert the skewer into the centre of the Playdoh – flat side down.  You need the point facing upwards to pierce the paper.

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Starting with the 5″ squares push the skewer through the centre dot or as close to it as you can. We don’t want our tree to be lopsided.

Next add the 4¾” squares, then the 4½” squares and so on until you have added the ¾”.

Don’t press down to hard at the start. As you move up the skewer you may need to gently make adjustment and feather the squares down so that all the squares fit on the skewer.

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Once all the paper squares have been added, you can top off the tree with a bead or make a star out of two pieces of scrapbooking paper, glue them together and leave an opening to put the skewer into so that the star sits nicely on top of the tree.

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Size of Square Center Point of Square
5"2 !/2"
4 3/4"2 3/8"
4 1/2"2 1/4"
4 1/4"2 1/8"
4"2"
3 3/4"1 7/8"
3 1/2"1 3/4"
3 1/4"1 5/8"
3"1 1/2"
2 3/4"1 3/8"
2 1/2"1 1/4"
2 1/4"1 1/8"
2"1"
1 3/4"7/8"
1 1/2"3/4"
1 1/4"5/8"
1"1/2"
3/4"eyeball center

6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects From Craftsy

If you ‘re looking for some  great ideas on using up your paper stash (and aren’t we all) then I urge you to check out this PDF eGuide from Craftsy. The eGuide has 24 lovely photo tutorials along with tips and hints from renowned scrapbookers and card makers such as Ronda Palazzari, Jin Yong, Amy Rysavy, Kristen Magee and Victoria Hudgins.

Included are projects such as:

  • How to use scraps to make a stunning scrapbook layout
  • 3 ways for using leftover paper to make card
  • DIY scrap paper embellishments
  • Creating lined envelopes using paper scraps
  • Color blocked thank you card (FREE template included!)
  • Organizational hacks for your paper craft stash

How to Easily Remove the Backing From Stickers or Labels

 

We found that once we had printed out images onto sticker paper, removing the backing paper wasn’t all that easy with some of the shapes. So check out the video above for  a quick tip that shows you  how to remove the backing quickly and easily

And if you are looking for an awesome range of stickers for your projects  don’t forget to check out our Premier membership site.

Today’s Shopping Expedition for Craft Supplies

distress-paints We started out the morning full of enthusiasm to create another tutorial but it didn’t take long to change direction, especially after we decided that we were in dire need of some more distressed paint.

Plus it was too nice a day to spend indoors, well our indoors, so much better to be indoors in a craft supply shop.

Our first stop was at ‘Wrapped in Paper‘, our local scrapbooking store . These ladies have all sorts of wonderful scrapbooking papers, stamps and of course distressed ink and distressed paint. We were determined to just buy the paint, but of course we couldn’t stop at that.

We are also in the process of creating image packs for the site, so we needed to find some pre-1930’s books for that, it was off the second hand book stores.  We were very lucky and found a great medical book with lots of gruesome pictures – well youOld-Books know what medical pictures are like – lots of skeletons, brains and other internal organs, and a book of  poetry with awesome turn of the century handwriting.

Of course lunch was in order so we stopped off at a cafe that make the most amazing gourmet pies which we washed down with a can of Dr Pepper. So love Dr Pepper but do not make it a habit to drink soda of any sort on a regular basis, so this was a real treat.

Also got some xmas shopping done, huge relief.

Art Journal Tutorial – Background Ideas: #1 Using Ink Sprays


If you are looking for a really nifty idea for a background for your art journal or scrapbooking pages then this technique using ink sprays looks great.

Use the mist sprays to create a really nice looking background to start with and then you can build up your page from there.

In our video we show you just how easy it is to do. Give it a go, I am sure you will be happy with the result.