Art Journal Emporium - Folded Paper Christmas Tree Decoration December 20 2017, 1 Comment
Hello, Katrina Rollings here from Tangie's Creative Crew with a nice, simple Christmas decoration to make. They are so simple it would make a wonderful little project to make with children in the run up to Christmas.
First of all you need to print off your favourite of Tangie's Christmas paper. I made 2 trees from 1 sheet of A4.
Cut 3 different size circles, you can use a compass or draw around anything you can find. Ink around the edges if you like that look.
Fold your circles in half 3 times so you have the pattern of folds in the picture above.
Using one of the folds you have made fold in half. Keeping that fold horizontal push the sides into the middle to create this shape.
Do that with all 3 circles.
Stack your pieces on top of each other largest to smallest and tuck the internal pieces on both sides in to each other as shown.
Now we want to make some paper beads. These are such fun to make and very addictive too.
There are only 2 things you need to know for making paper beads-
1. The width of the base of you paper strip will be the width of your finished bead.
2. The longer the paper strip the thicker the bead.
So, cut some thin strips like the ones above from the scraps of paper you used for your circles. You can ink the edges if you like.
Take a cocktail stick or anything like it and roll up your strip, starting at the widest end.
Once you have about half an inch left to roll apply some glue to the back of your paper and continue rolling up your bead.
Carefully slide your bead off and allow to dry.
There are so many ways you can decorate and use paper beads, we could be here all day. (Check our this Flashback Friday post for making paper beads). With mine, once dry I put them back onto my Cocktail stick and applied some glue to the bead and sprinkled over some glitter.
Take a needle threaded with a length of embroidery floss and tie a knot at one end.
Push the needle up through the points of your tree. Thread on the bead and then go back down through the tree and tie off inside the tree.
I love these little trees and there are so many ways to use them.
Add glitter and hang on your tree or..............
Don’t add glitter and hang on the tree. They look different in different papers.
Add a star instead of a bead and use them as place settings or a table decoration. You could use larger circles to make larger trees.
Even added to the decorations you already have, everyone has a place for these little trees!
Well I hope you have fun making these sweet little trees. I am off to hang mine on our tree, if I can find space!
If you have any questions or problems making your trees I will be happy to help answer them if I can.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy Christmas.
[Posted by: Katrina Rollings]