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!
- patterned paper (12x12)
- Styrofoam cone
- small pot
- a wooden dowel
- pins (the sewing kind)
- border punch
- ornament or ribbon
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! Voilà!
This post is also over at the Pink Elephant today! We also have a great post on Christmas tags, so go check that out!