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A Pleated Tree

December 18, 2011

Robin Messenheimer shared a great photo of some Christmas Trees that were displayed in the White House and then she shared a tutorial in her newsletter on how to make them.

I made mine following Robin’s instructions using Old Olive card stock.  I added a little glitter in the form of circles I punched from scrap Silver Glitter Paper using the largest eye on the Owl Punch.  I think this tree turned out so cute and will look great sitting on the Christmas table this year.

While making this tree I started thinking about how I could decorate a polystyrene cone shape that I have left over from some other projects.  I cut strips of Very Vanilla card stock and punched one long edge using the Eyelet Border Punch.  I sponged Old Olive ink onto the punched edges.  I ran each piece through the crimper several times until the card stock was nice and pliable.  I started at the bottom of the cone and used dressmaker pins to attach the card stock to the polystyrene cone.  I made sure that the bottom of each piece fitted around the cone and then attached the top in 4 places and then just kind of squished the paper to the cone and added pins to keep it in place.  How to cover the top had me a bit stumped at first but then I decided to punch a 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle from Very Vanilla card stock and score through the scallops.  I also sponged the edges with Old Olive ink.  I  cut through one of the score lines until I reached the centre of the circle and then cut one scallop away.  I concertina folded the score lines and then used Tombow Multipurpose glue to join the scallop together again.  I attached this to the tree using Tombow Multipurpose Glue.  I punched 2 stars from Silver Glimmer paper using my Star punch (retired) and joined them together back to back with a toothpick between the layers.  I then pushed the toothpick into the top of the cone through the Scallop Circle and there you have it – my version of the paper Christmas Tree.

Ok guys, I have been showing you things that I am making for Christmas, how about you share some of your gorgeous creations by adding them to Mr. Linky at Sunny Challenges and Creations.  You still have plenty of time and I know that you are all making fabulous things for Christmas.

Bye for now, Kris.

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 19, 2011 5:12 am

    These are great Kris. They’ll certainly be gorgeous decorations in your home TFS


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