Mini Paper Christmas Tree

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I love a handmade holiday decoration that is both unique and simple. It conveys an uncomplicated feeling of warmth and whimsy. This mini paper Christmas tree, made from old book pages and a vintage candlestick, is a perfect example. These mini trees can be used in a myriad of ways. Create a whimsical grouping made from colorful craft paper; sprinkle them with glitter and add them to a frosty tabletop village; or top them with vintage buttons for a nostalgic look. The possibilities are endless!

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supplies needed:

step 1 – build the base

For this mini tree, I used a candlestick for the base, but other containers could be used as well. First, cut a small piece of florist dry foam to fit in the candlestick. Then stick the skewer into the foam.

step 2 – build the tree

Using cardstock or cardboard, first make 4 square templates: 4″, 3″, 2″ and 1″.

Use these templates as cutting guides. With decorative scissors, cut approximately 12 pieces of each size from old book pages. Layer them, one by one, onto the bamboo skewer, going from largest squares to smallest. Fan them out as you go along.

step 3 – finishing touches

One the paper tree is formed, embellishments can be added. I rummaged through my studio for ideas and came across this copper wire and old buttons. Keep in mind, you can create these mini trees in various heights and sizes, substitute craft paper for book pages, use teacups instead of candlesticks, and more. Put your own spin on it!

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