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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

materials

  • Adjustable circle cutter

  • Green card stock (Pictured: 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) (Pictured: 1 1/8" wooden spools (SP8200), $5.50 for 50, and 1 15/16" (SP8300), $9 for 25, from Woodworks, craftparts.com.)

  • Gold beads (Pictured: Round gold beads in small #066G, 20 cents each; medium #088G, 30 cents each; and large #A-10G, 35 cents each; tohoshoji-ny.com.)

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

  • X-acto knife

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 4 times with a bone folder. While circles are folded, snip off the tip of each piece using an X-acto knife, forming a very small hole in 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 1 at a time from smallest circle to largest, slide remaining circles onto skewer; secure with glue.

  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.

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