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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December 4

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By now, you’ve made a couple of ornaments and may have some scrap paper. You’ve made these probably with straw wrappers, while in class, while you’re on a conference call… anyway, they are a super simple folded piece of ART. They are the original fidget toy. Bask in the glory of simplicity and not wasting a scrap of paper. If you haven’t made one of these, the steps are simple and below:

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Strips of scrap. Any size and width will do and it’s okay if they are a little beat up. It adds character.

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It helps to add a touch of glue to the starting corner.

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Start folding the pieces evenly on top of each other.

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folding….

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folding…

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And fold until you can’t fold anymore. Trim off any excess and glue the top bits in place.

So simple, so satisfying. And it eats up any scraps you may have! It’s like amped up tinsel! Try in different widths, lengths and with more than two pieces!