Are you done shopping for your new Christmas home décor? And crossing out those long list of gift guide for your whole pack of family and friends (not to mention your colleagues at work who keeps on bugging you around). Or buying some extra random gifts intended for your new friends next door, your building’s enthusiastic guards, and smiling cleaning guys.
Yeah we do share gifts for them, huh :D
If you do, then you are very thoughtful. No doubt.
The planning and actual buying of these gift are so exhausting, not only physically – including emotionally, financially of course, and very time consuming.
But then, that’s the way it is! We do buy and/or prepare gifts for our special people – because we care for them.
Well sometimes our only way to show that WE CARE.
Just like you, I love buying gifts for my people. But do you know that I prefer giving something that I personally created. Well something about me that not all knows about.
Weeks ago I stumbled about this video tutorial of Stephania – when she shared about making a paper Christmas tree, and I thought well I can do it as well.
Anyway DIY Projects are my breakfast, LOL
So today I’m going to share you how to make a paper Christmas tree, which you can use as your own Christmas home décor, or give it as your Christmas gift for your special people.
Isn’t that a great idea?!
Gather those old newspapers, acrylic paint, and some ribbons from your previous gifts – no need to buy.
If you are reeeaaallllyy in a thrifty mood, ask your friends for these materials! Am pretty sure they have these just piling in their closet or kitchen drawers, hahaha.
Some of you ladies hoard for makeup, clothes, shoes, etc. – I hoard for some DIY materials, and yes including ribbons. I literally don’t throw things, and just patiently stored it and wait for the right time to use it. Who knows something like this occasion will happen, huh?
And of course we need some glue and scotch tape to secure the papers.
Cut some strips of newspapers and start to roll it using a stick (I used my chopsticks) until you make a paper stick. Repeat on creating paper sticks as many as possible. Then secure the ends with glue.
You can keep on making first paper sticks while watching your favourite TV series, or while having a chit-chat with friends, hahaha.
After making plenty of paper sticks, form a star of paper sticks just like the photo above and staple the middle to secure its form. This will be our base and guide to make a Christmas tree.
To form the paper Christmas tree, you must any cone-shaped form to help you guide for your weaving. Here I used an empty cone-shaped container as my form-guide.
Then start weaving the paper stick alternately, and if it shorten then just connect other paper sticks with the glue.
Continue weaving the paper stick alternately until you created a paper-cone figure!
And viola! You have a cone-shaped figure :D
Cute the bottom of the paper figure to remove your form-guide, and secure it back using the glue.
Weeks ago I visited the Aces Hardware to grab some acrylic spray paint, and goodness it was on sale! I’ve bought three colors in red, green and gold perfect for the holiday season, and I’ve got each with 20% less off! That’s so cool!
When everything is secured, gather you favourite acrylic paint and start spraying it to your paper cone.
I leave it dry overnight to absorb the paint. Repeat doing it with your other paper cones.
Once the paint has dried, then it’s time to pimp your paper cone! Use your assorted ribbons and other blings – be creative and adventurous! Your only limits are your imagination :D
To make it cuter, make a bow and glued it on top of your paper cone!
Isn’t this a beauty?!
You may use any colors of ribbons or any materials that you have. You can also add it with faux fur to make it fluffier – it’s up to you!
But I’m aiming for a classic paper Christmas tree, so I decided to add it with some pearls.
Now you can create more paper Christmas tree, with different colors and design – either big or small!
Create these as your thoughtful gifts for your friends. You save money from buying gifts, and also adds more value to your DIY project because you spend time creating it with your heart.