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Paper Christmas Trees

These paper evergreens are as pretty as origami versions, but easier to make.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2008

Introduction

Learn how to make these easy paper Christmas trees for simple tabletop décor that speaks to the holiday season. These unique crafts will add a welcome boost of festive cheer to your holiday decorations

materials

  • Adjustable circle cutter

  • Green card stock (Mohawk Felt Leaf Green #C12355 and Esse Texture Verde #C1650, 8 1⁄2"-by-11", paperpresentation.com)

  • Bone folder

  • Scissors

  • Wooden skewers

  • Wooden spools: 1 1/8-inch for small trees; 1 15/16-inch for large trees (Woodworks 1 1/8-inch "SP8200" wooden spools , $5.50 for 50, craftparts.com; Woodworks 1 15/16-inch "SP8300" wooden spools, $9 for 25, craftparts.com)

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

  • Craft knife (Martha Stewart Craft Knife, $9.95, amazon.com)

steps

  1. For large Christmas trees, use an adjustable circle cutter to make 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-inch-diameter circles from green card stock (for small trees, omit the 6-inch circle).

  2. Fold each circle in half four times with a bone folder. While circles are folded, snip off the tip of each piece using a craft knife, forming a very small hole in the center.

  3. Place smallest circle on the pointed end of a wooden skewer (we used 12-inch skewers), letting the tip poke through the hole in circle. With a hot-glue gun, dab underside of circle, where paper and skewer meet. Hold for 10 seconds to secure.

  4. Working one at a time from smallest circle to largest, slide remaining circles onto the skewer; secure with glue.

  5. Insert the bottom of skewer into a spool; remove, and cut skewer to desired height (we cut ours to 6, 9, and 10 inches), keeping in mind that only spool should be visible beneath the standing tree. Return skewer to spool; secure with glue. Add a dot of glue to top of skewer, and attach a gold bead.

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