Monday, December 26, 2011

{Crafting Diva} How To: DIY Paper Trees


I saw these paper trees on the Better Homes and Gardens website a couple months ago.  This post comes too  late for Christmas, but I wanted to share nonetheless.  I am planning to make some cute non-Christmasy trees for decoration.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


I made one as a gift for a friend.  I started with a paper mache cone and painted it with some acrylic paint.  

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 I decided on bright, rainbow patterned paper that complimented each other.  I cut 1 inch by 2-1/2 inch and 3/4 inch by 2-1/2 inch strips from the paper.  Using scissors with decorative cutting designs, I cut one of the short edges of each strip.  Then I curled the strip around a pencil to give it some swoop.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


You can use hot glue, but I knew I would burn my fingers too much if I did it that way.  I chose to use glue dots for adhering the strips to the cone.  You can find the glue dots at craft or scrapbooking stores (or the craft section of Wal-Mart or Target).   I tried to stagger the layering of the strips the best I could.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


Before I finished, I cut glitter paper into a star shape (you need two stars) and glued them together with a piece of wire inside.  I stuck the wire through the top of the cone and taped the wire down inside.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


To finish it off, I wrapped a small strip of paper around the top and secured with a glue dot.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


 I added rhinestones with small glue dots to act as ornaments.

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DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


 It still needed something, so I added a small, gold star garland.  I secured it at top and bottom with hot glue.


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DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


 Glitter glue went around the star just to cover some of the paper backing that was showing.

DIY Paper Trees Tutorial


DIY Paper Trees Tutorial

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