Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Trees

Thanksgiving weekend, I decided to try to make the trees I've been seeing all over Pinterest. All I could find were Styrofoam tree forms. I wrapped them with paper to create more of a point at the top and to match the color of the tissue paper I was using. 
I started with the lime green tissue paper first. I cut it into 1 1/2 inch strips and twisted them into long rope-like pieces. I didn't have any lime green paper, so I just used a light blue. Using my hot glue gun, I glued each rope-like piece on, one by one. The blog where I read how to do this wasn't lying when she said this was time consuming.

Don't worry, when the tree is on the mantle, you can't see the blue paper through the tissue paper.

I also made one using 1 x 1 inch squares of tissue paper. The tissue paper I found was a metallic shiny finish, almost like Mylar. I got it at Target. Using a pencil, I wrapped the square around the eraser end of the pencil and twisted it a little. Then I hot glued it on. 

The next tree I made was one where I cut a million individual shapes using a punch. It was the scalloped circle punch by Fiskars. 

Then I glue on each piece.

I used a pencil to wrap each piece to give it that curve. Towards the top, I had to cut the scallop shapes down, as the full scallops were too big to fit.

Here's my finished trees!

And the completed mantle!

And the Christmas cards have started to arrive for our Christmas card holder!


Dina said...

Love it! you should be an art teacher! :)

Kristy @ Next to Heaven said...

super super love it!!