Trim the Tree

101590205On the back page of our December issue, you can see trees created with patterned-paper and foam cones. Want to make your own? Here’s the scoop.

  1. 101590207Cut patterned paper into 1″ and 3/4″ strips.  Using decorative-edge scissors, cut the strips into 2-1/2″ long pieces.
  2. Curl one end of each piece with a smooth pencil.
  3. Adhere the strips in even layers around the foam cone using a hot-glue gun. When you get to the final layer, fold the tops of the paper strips down and adhere them to the top of the cone.
  4. Embellish with buttons, gems, and brads. Add a star or other shape to the top using a thin piece of wire.

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7 Responses to “Trim the Tree”

  1. I made one with my 8 year old daughter this morning and we had a great time. It was perfect for teaching her color choices and how to use punches.

    We cut strips 2 1/4″ to 2 1/2″ wide of 12×12 paper and then she used a edge punch along the strips. It was hard for her at first, but then she got the hang of matching up the punched and unpunched edges perfectly. We cut the long strips into varying widths with pretty small ones at the top of the cone. I did the gluing for her since the hot glue gun can hurt.

    Thanks for the idea!

  2. I got the December issue recently & when I saw the trees to make, I just knew I would have to try to make them.
    I didn’t quite understand from the magazine about how to cut the strips, so I went to the web site & when I saw the more detailed directions with the pics, then it was very clear.
    I went to look through my stash & found everything that I need to make 2 of the trees. I can’t wait to do this & I might even get my 5 year old granddaughter to help, because she loves to craft with me.
    I know they will be a lot of fun to make & will look great when they are done. Thanks so much for the great idea & for the wonderful magazine that you publish.

  3. I made this Christmas Tree today. It looks really gorgeous. I cut strips 2 1/2″ long and 1″ wide. This is my result

  4. my question is will you need more than 1 piece of 12 x 12 patterned paper? Thanks!

  5. It depends what size your trees are, but I would plan on having two sheets of patterned paper. I just made some this weekend and used about 1.5 sheets to complete the trees.

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  7. Does anyone have a picture of the whole tree? I was curious as to what the top of the tree looks like. I tried the link on Laura’s post but it said the page was not available.