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Friday, October 14, 2011

31 Days of Handmade Christmas Gifts: Day 15 - Oh Christmas Tree

What would Handmade Christmas Gifts be without a handmade Christmas tree?  Today's gift combines both the tree and the book page idea together.

You will need:
  • Book to rip up
  • Glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • 12 X 15 cardboard
  • Twine

Again, I had to go to the store to find a book to rip up.  Dollar General had Webster's Dictionary for only $1.25.  This project only uses about a third of it, so stay tuned for more gifts using the book pages!

You could use a foam cone, but I'm too cheap to do that, so  I decided to roll my own from the cardboard insert from my 12x15 Scrapbook pages.  FREE is always good!  I glued it together really good with the glue gun and then cut that bottom triangle off to make it stand up straight.  This took me a couple of tries to get it straight.

I then took the cover off the book and used chocolate brown chalk to chalk up the edges of the pages.

Rip off one page at a time, roll it into a tube and glue it shut.  then glue it to the bottom of the cone.

Keep going around the cone until that bottom of the cardboard doesn't show anymore.  I even folded some of the pages in half and stuck them up from the bottom to get full coverage.  At this point, my daughter said it looked like a pretty skirt!

Move up with your row and fill in the next layer.  Then another row until you reach the top.

Oh, somewhere in there, I decided that I needed to use that corner that I cut off to fill in the gap in the cone.  It seemed a little unstable and rocking a little, so I just glued it in the gap.

Here's a picture of the bottom so you can see what that looks like.

It kinds of looks like a raggedy tree, so I just tied a bow at the top with a piece of thick twine.  I put a dot of glue on that to hold it in place.  What a cute gift to give, don't you think?

Check out those blogs on the right that I follow.  Also, watch my Etsy shop on the left for things that I've made here, if you don't want to make your own!

8 comments:

  1. I love this idea so much I could marry it. I'm totally making one. And your daughter is right. That would make a cool skirt. I could see contestants on Project Runway making a skirt out of book pages now.

    From TT&J link party.

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  2. I can totally see using bills stapled on instead of book pages to give to a teen for Xmas...

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  3. I REALLY like this project, it's so charming I'm pinning it!

    Thanks for linking up to scrappy saturdays last weekend, come on back and link up again!

    Candace

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  4. What a neat idea! I saw this one The Girl Creative link up and had to take a look! :)

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  5. This is a really cute tree! I like it a lot!

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  6. Fantastic post! It turned out great and love the tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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