Saturday, December 17, 2011

Two Weeks of Handmade Christmas Ideas {Day Ten}

Welcome to day ten of the Two Weeks of Handmade Christmas Ideas series. I hope you have all loved this series and enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you! Want to catch up on every idea?

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Today I have the wonderful and super creative Dana from Wonder Forest with an Anthropologie inspired DIY.

Take it away Dana.

Hello friends! I am Dana and I blog over at Wonder Forest! I also create plush critters and home items under the same name which can be found here! I'm excited to share my Christmas DIY with you today!! During my daily internet browsing, I came across this super cute paper tree over at Anthropologie. The $48 price tag turned my stomach a little bit, and I immediately thought "Hey, I could make that!". So I did. And now I'm going to share it with you!  This is a super easy project, it just takes some time to do... but when it's finished you'll be taken aback by how charming this Christmas decor piece is! Here's how it turned out!
You will need: Small wood garden stake Piece of scrap wood for base Music book or similar printed paper Scalloped scissors or paper cutter Cardboard (an old box will do) Hole punch Tree topper ball
Start by attaching your garden stake to a piece of flat scrap wood for the base.  All I did was stick a nail through the bottom of the scrap board and hammered the garden stake onto it. You could also use a  glue gun.
Grab an old music book and start cutting! I used the scalloped edge option on my handy little paper cutter.  I started with squares about 8" in size, and just kept making them smaller as I went along.  You will need a whole bunch of these! I made about 10-20 squares of each size.
Next, cut some small 1" cardboard squares.  These will be the spacers for your paper tree.  You will need a whole bunch of them!  Hole punch them all so they can slide easily down the stake. The hole doesn't have to be perfectly centered.
Now all you have to do is start stacking your paper pieces (starting with the largest to the smallest) and placing spacers in between each sheet. I placed TWO cardboard spacers between each sheet of paper because it looked better. I used the tip of a pencil to punch a hole in the center of each paper piece before sticking it on the stake.
Just keep stacking! Keep your papers rotated randomly for that cone effect!
When you reach the top, all you will need to do is stick an ornament on the top! I used a tiny ball ornament and glue guned it upside down onto my stake!
That's all there is to it!  Easy project!!  The most tedious part is cutting all of the paper, but the end result is worth it!

Isn't it awesome! Thanks so much Dana, make sure you all head on over and say hi!


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot said...

This came out so great! Thanks for sharing!!

special 'k' said...

I adore these paper decorations, they are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing I will follow on my way out and hope you can find the time to drop over to my place and do the same. Merry Christmas and I look forward to supporting your beautiful blog in the New Year. Cheers SpecialK XoXo