I intended to start making holiday cards the other night, but found that I could not get into the holiday spirit. A bit of inspiration was needed for me to begin creating my Holiday cards.
I browsed through some of my craft magazines and found a Christmas tree made from paper circles layered in the shape of a tree. It was cute, but still didn’t appeal to me at the time. I went searching through my supplies and papers, hoping an idea would appear. My Christmas papers and stamps are in a separate container and I found several smaller pieces of papers that I had saved from prior years. (I keep so many paper scraps, especially the double-sided papers. Too nice to toss.) I looked in the bottom drawer of my craft supply table and found my decorative scissors. Humm…what could I do with these? The cute circle Christmas tree idea suddenly appealed to me, but in a different way!
I decided to change the ‘circles’ into ‘strips’, and this Christmas tree idea became my inspiration. First, I needed to make a tree base pattern, which I made from a piece of cardboard 2 1/2 inches wide at the bottom. I traced the edges of the base pattern onto green card stock, then cut it out. I found some scraps of Christmas paper and used my decorative scissors to trim the edges. I cut them into strips about 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide.
I put a tiny glue Dot on the end of one strip and attached it to the center top of the tree base. I attached two more strips on each edge of the tree top, allowing them to overhang from the tree base. I continued to layer the strips of papers until I reached the bottom of the tree. I made the second tree starting from the bottom, which I found to be a bit easier.
I used a red Sharpie pen to color the gold circle stickers to decorate the trees. The Merry Christmas stickers I had were also gold, and I felt a red one would look better on my card—red Sharpie to the rescue! (I use Sharpie pens to color many of my stickers. I have found that only Sharpie pens work. Other markers’ colors smear.)
This is another way I have found to use smaller pieces of crafting papers to make something different. I am looking forward to making more trees, even adapting this idea for a regular tree and putting a tiny bird, fruit, or flowers on it. Just having it be a plain tree would also be nice. There are so many other applications I am anxious to try. But first, I need to get busy making more Christmas and Holiday cards!
Thank you for taking the time to read this – I hope you enjoyed it. What do you think about this idea? Would you make this tree?
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