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Project

Paper Evergreens

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

Materials

  • Adjustable circle cutter
  • Green card stock, from paperpresentation.com
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Wooden skewers
  • Hot-glue gun
  • 1 1/8-inch (for small trees) wooden spools, from craftparts.com
  • 1 15/16-inch (for large trees) wooden spools, from craftparts.com
  • Gold beads, from tohoshoji-ny.com

Steps

  1. Step 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. Step 2

    Fold each circle in half 4 times with a bone folder. While circles are folded, snip off the tip of each piece, forming a very small hole in center.

  3. Step 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. Step 4

    Working 1 at a time from smallest circle to largest, slide remaining circles onto skewer; secure with glue.

  5. Step 5

    Insert 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 standing tree. Return skewer to spool; secure with glue. Add a dot of glue to top of skewer, and attach a gold bead.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2008

Reviews (13)

  • ww3354 3 Feb, 2013

    Has anyone made these in pastel or bright colors to other than for Christmas? I am thinking of using them for centerpieces at a women's event and would make them mostly in pinks.

  • Mr_Myers 18 Dec, 2008

    You can also get them at wal-mart (less money)

  • dhirja 18 Dec, 2008

    the video is not loading :(

  • alissa211 17 Dec, 2008

    Null - you can buy the circle cutter at Michael's craft store. Martha sells one in her craft collection. I bought one last week and it's really cool! I've been busy making gift tags with it!

  • oregongal 8 Dec, 2008

    I made these and they really are cute. I was a little confused about the folding too. Everything was fine until I had the 8th wedge. I found the easiest way to make the 16th fold was to fold the center of each 1/8 wedge down in the center. They go really fast once you get the hang of it. It takes a little time if you are going to glitter them because you will need to let the glue dry. If you use Martha's glue, it is a little gloppy, but dries clear. They look just like the pictures!

  • dew-drop 7 Dec, 2008

    I found the easiest way to do it, especially with thicker card stock, is to do the folds one at a time. You need 16 folds total (you'll end up with 16 wedges when you're done). Fold the circle in half and crease. Then fold it the other way so you have a cross. Then fold to half each of your quarter wedges, etc. Hope that helps!

  • craftygal101 7 Dec, 2008

    I have tried to fold these several times and they don't work. Can someone please explain to me how you fold these. It definetly takes more than four folds.

  • lordmartha 7 Dec, 2008

    and another thing...15 years is a long time to harbor resentment, it's time to let go and accept the simple fact: martha is a genius. i know it, they know it...and you know it. i am done now

  • lordmartha 7 Dec, 2008

    sonia, i don't think you should blame martha for your inability to cook..and maybe you just aren't very good at crafts..ever consider that? don't blame everybody else for what you do wrong, it's one key to a happy life--it's a good thing.

  • sarahstarSS 7 Dec, 2008

    I am going to make these trees and they will be perfect but if they aren't then it only means I suck. It doesn't make Martha fake!

  • crafty5 6 Dec, 2008

    i tried these trees and they came out fantastic!! love this craft :)

  • Yesmith 6 Dec, 2008

    Come on Sonia is easy only have the right tolls an a little paractice.
    Regards
    Yesmith

  • SONIAORTIZ 4 Dec, 2008

    15 years ago i tried doing one of her recipies and it was a disaster! now i saw tv show and tried these trees and it was impossible! what's her point ? looking at the video you can see that even her trees are not good! and she puts it aside and uses the perfect ones premade for her. What a fake! What's the point of showing things we cannot do? its all a show!!