Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tips & Techniques Tuesday - Dec 11, 2018 - Stamp & Camp Curly Paper Tree

This is a Stamp & Camp Post also.  I love Christmas and if anyone knows me they know that I love to have the house decorated.  The trailer does not have a lot of space to have a lot of decorations.  We looked around and found a nice little tree but it was $85 and we could not store it after we used it. What were we to do?  Well I made our own tree.

This is a tree I have done before and sell at my craft fairs.  It has been awhile since I did one and I found I forgot somethings.  Since I was certain I had only used 2 sheets of Designer Series Paper this one I had to use more.  So the instructions below will be for using 2 Sheets cutting them 1 x 3 instead of 3/4 x 6.  So you can do one with 2 sheets.

We now have this sitting on our counter as our Christmas Tree.

Let's see how to do this one.

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  1. This is the Floral Foam Cone I used.  It is 7” tall and will take about 1 12 x 12 and 1 12 x 5 designer series paper to cover.  If your cone is bigger it may take more paper to cover. 
  2. Cut the Designer Series Paper into ½ to 1” strips (they should all be near the same width).  Don’t go above 1” wide as I don’t think it looks as good.  Make sure you leave at least 2 - 4 x 4 squares for the star
  3. Cut the strips down to 3 inches.  The strips in the photo are ½ x 3
  4. With a bone folder now curl all the 3” strips making sure the same side design is facing out.  You may also have to tight curl it with your fingers unless you want a real loose curl.  This is the longest part of the project.
  5. Now you can either pin the pieces of designer series paper on the cone or use a glue gun. As you can see I started with pins but quickly switched to the glue gun. Making sure that the first round is even with the bottom of the cone.
  6. the second row should be offset between the first row. Then just keep going all the way to the top.
  7. Once you get to the top punch out a 1” circle and clue on top of the cone.
  8. Star
  10. Take 2 pieces of 4 x 4 designer series paper.  I usually use the same design but the back side to make the stars.
  11. Fold each one diagonally – corner to corner open and then fold diagonally again with the other corners.
  12. Open and then fold in half and open and fold the other way in half.
  13. on the side folds (4) mark about 7/8 inches up and put a dot.
  14. 12 Once you get all for marks then you will cut on the side fold lines to that mark.  Repeat on the second 4 x 4 piece of paper. 
  15. Now you are going to fold all the points From the side cut fold to the Diagonal fold and form a point at the corner.  Go to the other side of the Diagonal and fold in toward the same point. 
  16. Repeat around the square making four points.  
  17. Now you are going to take the flaps and overlap one over the other you can use Liquid Glue or a thin layer of hot glue to adhere them together. Repeat on all four points on both stars.
  18. You should now have 2 full stars.
  19. With Liquid Glue or glue gun ( I really find this easier with a glue gun) glue an orange stick or small dowel on the back of one of the stars. 
  20. Then with the backs facing one another and the points in between each other glue the stars together. Once glued together push the Star into the top of the tree.

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