December 16

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These are amazing decor for any occasion, not just for your tree! Keep cutting those strips because you will want to make these in every size.

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For this size sphere, I cut a sheet of paper into 3/4″ x 8.5″ strips. 

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Dab glue onto the ends and glue together to make a circle.

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Start with crossing two circles. Glue the ends and insert one circle into the other. Glue both the top and bottom points where they meet. 

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Keep adding circles until you have the desired amount you want. 

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Squish the top and bottom to get glue on the bottom of each crossing point. 

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Ta Da! 

I went with a symmetrical look but these look really good messy, uneven, and with different sized strips intermingled within one sphere. So mod! So easy!

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December 15

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Cut a sheet of paper into strips. These are 3/4″ strips. 

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Stack the strips and fold in half. Glue or staple the fold in place. If gluing, use a small amount just in the center. 

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Add a dab of glue to the end of each strip and loop to the center. Hot glue, glue stick or double sided tape will work best. 

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Loop and glue until all strips are looped and glued. 

So easy! Try with shorter strips, thinner strips, colors and ribbons. Perfect for the tree or on top of a gift!

December 14

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Part xylophone, part tree. A symphony of fun!

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Cut paper lengthwise in a variety of widths. The first 5 should be the whole 11 inch length. The top tiers, use half of the length (5.5″)

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Fold each strip in half but only crease the corner to mark the center of the width of each strip. 

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Cut each strip from the corner to the top center where you marked with a crease. It doesn’t have to be perfect so scissors will work fine too!

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For the top tiers, use a 5.5″ strip and cut by hand. 

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Roll all of your strips into paper beads and finish ends with glue. If you’re having trouble keeping the bead tight, add glue as you roll. 

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Roll the teeny tiny ones as tight as you can! They are the tedious ones. 

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Use a string, Popsicle stick, or strip of paper as your trunk and glue beads on from smallest to largest.

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Trim off any excess trunk from the bottom and add your ribbon to hang. 

This is really pretty with magazine or printed paper. Play with different widths, trunks and paper to have a forest of recycled trees! From tree to tree!

 

December 13

I thought I’d switch it up a bit with a video! This is creating a large flower but for the ornament, I quartered the square an 8.5×11 creates. Click the image below to see the tutorial!

Paper Flower Tutorial

December 12

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Let’s keep curling strips of paper! While gluing the first three pieces of my garland I stopped and said, “Aww!! A snowman!”

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These are about 1/4″ width. 

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Curl the strips varying in tightness. I glued the ends so they don’t flippy flappy around. 

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Glue the three together then add your ribbon to hang. 

Aww! Hi snowman!

December 11

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Small strips of paper turned into curly and cute garland!

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Cut strips of paper into equal widths. 

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Curl into a variety of spirals differing in tightness. 

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Arrange with alternating sizes and glue together. 

Just three steps for this simple and whimsical addition to your tree! Have fun with colors, sizes and textured papers!

December 10

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Start with 5 strips of paper equal in width. One short strip, two  little longer equal in length, and two longest strips equal in length. 

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Gather the strips together and glue together at the bottom as pictured. 

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Glue the other end of the center strip and bring the second strip up to stick on to the center section. 

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Repeat on the other side. 

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Next, take the longest piece and adjust how much space you want in between the sections. Glue to the bottom and trim off excess. 

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Repeat on other side. 

Another way to do this is to gather each end and staple. Glue on your ribbon to hang! Try other shapes like circles, hearts, teardrops and more!

December 9

Mini advent cubes for your tree! The perfect size for a mini toy or treat. This was another hand drawn template but I’ve created one for you to print and fold on your own.

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Cut out your template.

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Cut along solid lines and fold on dotted lines. Decorate your own number as you wish.

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Glue together and add your treat!

Add a dollop of hot glue at the top and glue on your ribbon to hang.

 

Here is the template to create your own! Fold with the guidelines facing in.

Advent Box

December 8

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Another craft for those left over strips!

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Thick strips work best. It’s ok if the edges aren’t perfect. 

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Start rolling the strips leaving a little hole in the center. About halfway down a pencil tip. You’ll need to be able to fit one side of scissors in there. 

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Tape your roll closer to one end. 

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Insert one side of the scissors in the center and start making cuts down the roll. About 3/4 of the way down the roll. 

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This was a rather thick one so I started with 4 cuts. You can make more as you start floofing out the pieces. 

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Start curling from the bottom using your nail, rolling on a pen or with the side of scissors. Keep taking a piece or two at a time and curling and flaring out. 

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Cut larger pieces to flare out easier and to fluff it up some more. 

And that’s all!

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Your pom pom is ready for the tree. 

December 7

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Happy one week of ornaments! Today is one of my favorites and so easy. The cutting is the only tedious part so put on a movie if you are making a bunch! You can Google or YouTube how to make these and for free templates. I’m sure missing my printer right now, I had to trace off of my laptop – it’s a touch screen so tracing was… touchy. Ha.

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This is the template I found on Google and Pinterest. I wasn’t able to find the original and the logo is a little fuzzy. Let me know if you know the original author!

It helps to print your template on cardstock then use that to trace onto paper.

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Cut out.

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Fold centers. The smallest ones you can just push an edge or your nail in the center.

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Put a dab of glue in the center of the largest one and place the 2nd largest on top so it’s fanned between petals. 

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Keep gluing and placing leaves on from largest to smallest and rotating so it’s fanned out. You can curl the tips a little down if you want to fluff it up a little more as well. 

And there you have it! Make 1 or 100! Last year, I made a wreath for my office with logo paper I made.

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