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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December 3

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Take any shape and turn them into these ornaments. I’ve included a template with a few basic shapes so you can print out and trace as well!

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For a circle, I just used the ribbon spool I had.

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I tried to be crafty with this one so I put a little ornament topper on there. Make your first shape and use as a template if you are creating your own shape like this.

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Trace 10 shapes on a sheet of paper.

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Cut out.

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Fold in half. For this shape, I folded just the first one to make a guideline.

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Stack together. As you can see, the pen ink is really noticeable. Try using pencil lightly so it doesn’t show up too dark.

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For this shape, I decided to sew. But you can fold and glue the sides as well. (see below)

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To glue, fold each section, glue one half and place another folded piece onto the glued section.

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Fold each section up.

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And you’re done! Hold up and admire!

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Save and print for templates!

25 Days of Christmas – Paper Ornaments

December 1

DSC01611_20171201084902063If you do a quick Google or YouTube search, you will find countless ideas and instructions on how to make these. They are so simple and so pretty! You can layer them, trim the edges with scalloped scissors, add lace – be creative! Here are the steps I took:

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8.5 x 11 sheet of paper

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Fold in half, then again and as many times as you would like for the size of your rosette. A quartered sheet rosette will make about a 5.5″ diameter rosette.

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Cut along fold lines.

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Accordion fold each piece.

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Glue each section together. Two sections with tight accordion folds will make a tight edged rosette. Use 3-4 sections for more of a fan edge.

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Glue the ends together to make a circle.

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Scrunch the top together and align all the folds. A flat surface helps keep the paper from buckling and flying out of your hand.

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Slowly push the paper down making sure the center is tight and stays together. This is much easier when you have more rows or paper in your circle.

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Press flat holding the center together.

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Glue center of each side including a little around the center hole as well.

And that’s all! Embellish as you wish and add a string or ribbon to hang!

 Items needed:
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Copy Paper
HP Printer Paper, Multipurpose Ultra White, 20lb, 8.5 x 11, Letter, 96 Bright – 500 Sheets / 1 Ream (112000R) Made In The USA
Scissors
Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761J)
Glue
Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks

25 Days of Christmas

Paper Ornaments Edition!

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My husband and I recently sold our condo in Vermont and moved down to North Carolina! An opportunity came very quickly so we ended up renting for a year while we get adjusted to a new location and can house hunt at our leisure.

Most of our things are in storage. Pretty much everything but the necessities – including ALL of the Christmas stuff. Sigh. We found our tiny tree in the front of the storage unit soooo I convinced Ryan to put up a small tree. I stared at a naked tree until I though of something – paper ornaments! We have a half a ream of copy paper, my glue gun and the internet. Perfect!

Come along with me in my journey of filling a tree with only paper ornaments!