"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55: 8-11



No card today, but here is a little mini tutorial for a pleated Christmas tree! I like quirky little decor items, and this little tree fit the bill!

You'll need:

- patterned paper (12x12)
- Styrofoam cone
- small pot
- a wooden dowel
- pins (the sewing kind)
- border punch
- crimper
- ornament or ribbon
- ruler
- marker

1 - Punch a border on 1 side of a 12" piece of patterned paper, then cut it into a 2 inch strip. You'll need 12 strips, 2 for each pattern.

2 - Take the cone and measure mark in one inch increments. Repeat measuring/marking around the cone a few more times, this will help you keep the paper straight!

3 - Crimp each of the strips.

4 - Pin the top of one of the strips right under the first mark you made at the bottom of the tree. Then pleat/pin the paper as you go. You'll be about an inch short of paper each time you go around, so just piece & pin some into place to complete each row. That's why I said 2 strips of each pattern. As you go up the cone, your pleats will get smaller each time.

To finish,make a little ring of paper to crown the top & stick on a Christmas ornament or a bow or whatever... I was feeling a little goofy, so I used an ornament. Stick a wooden dowel into the bottom of the cone & stake it into a little pot! VoilĂ !

This post is also over at the Pink Elephant today! We also have a great post on Christmas tags, so go check that out!
Have a Happy Monday!


Colleen Dietrich said...

That sure is cute, Arielle! Well done. :)

Imke said...

Arielle, this is a fantastic idea and it looks so beautiful !!

I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas !!

kasia c. said...

What a fantastic idea! It's gorgeous. I love the paper you used.

Tenia Nelson said...

Love this!!!

LeAnne said...

OH MY....can't you give me just a smidgen of your creativity? This is just amazing! I think I need to run to ACMoore today just to get some styrofoam!!

Nannieflash said...

Hi Arielle what a fabulous idea love the results and youve certainly done a brilliant job of the pleating. With love and hugs Shirleyxxxxx

lorby said...

I've never seen anything like it. How cute and creative. Jearise in Lorby's World.

Tracey said...

what a very clever idea, maybe I can dust of my crimper and use it alfter all. thanks for sharing your ideas at Unscripted Sketches

dawn said...

how darling this is, love these colors!! thanks so much for sharing this with us.

dstandard said...

This is just adorable - love your creation! Thanks for sharing at US!

Laura said...

This is amazing... Wow.. thanks for sharing with us at Unscripted Sketches...


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