Christmas will be here before you know it! Yaaaay! I make the majority of my gifts and decor, so I have to get started as early as possible in order to get everything done. As with anything I make, I try to recycle and reuse as many materials as possible. With a little imagination, it's really not necessary to spend lots of money or contribute to waste in order to create beautiful new decorations that make a huge impact. My first project for this Christmas is a recycled book page mini-tree. Here's how you can make your own.
-Cardboard tubes ready for recycle (toilet tissue, wrapping paper or paper towel tubes and etc.)
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks or craft glue
-An old (standard novel sized 5x7") book ready for recycle or other desired paper such as a phone book, wrapping paper or etc.
-Ribbon, bow or other desired tree "topper" and any other desired embellishments
-popsicle stick (optional) If you are using hot glue you can use it to help press pages together without burning fingers
-a good cup of coffee (optional for some but required for me!)
1. Select your desired tube according to how tall you would like your tree to be. It can be as tall or a short as you want it. For the pictured tree I used a paper towel tube with two toilet paper tubes glued on the ends for additional height.
2. Start rolling the paper cone "branches" and securing with glue.
3. Glue on your first cone "branch." Position the cone on the tube so that the open bottom sits flush to the table. This will allow the tree to stand on it's own. Continue gluing one complete even row of cones.
4. Next begin your second row, making sure that it rises above the first. Continue adding rows to the tree making sure each row is above the previous row. Trim some off the top of the paper cones if necessary in order to make them shorter than the previous row.
5. When you get the top, glue the tails inside the top of the tube.
6. To finish the tree you could glue a christmas bulb, ornament, bow or etc flat to the top of the tube. For this tree I wanted a bow that would stand up and face forward. To do this I simply wrapped the floral wire from the bow around the tip of another cone and and stuffed it down in the top of the tube. It worked great and I was all done.
There's lots of variations that you can use such as using patterned wrapping paper, newspaper, scrapbook paper, dusting the cones with glitter and etc. I also looks great to make trees in different heights and pair them as a grouping. The only limit is your imagination.
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Here it is!
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