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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December 6

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The easiest version of this craft, a simple non-windowed house.

Google image search “paper house luminaries” and find tons of free templates and ideas. Print on plain or patterned paper, cut out windows if you’d like, fold, glue, then add to your tree. Our printer isn’t set up in the apartment, so I sketched up a similar draft of one of the free templates I found then traced with a ruler. Paper trees go from basic to very elaborate. I could probably fill a whole tree of different houses if I had my Exacto blades and a printer for some different templates!

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Here are my drafts. Keep on tweaking if you are free handing this project! 

If you are printing the template on decorative paper, print on the blank side. If the pattern is on both sides, fold so the template is inward. Also, practice a few houses on regular printer paper before trying on fancy stuff.

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Here is the result. I tried to dot fold lines and make cut lines solid… but messed up in a few places. 

Pinterest has a ton of paper houses and paper luminaries. Have fun!

December 5

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From diamonds to snowflakes, these are simple, dimensional and elegant. Try in a variety of sizes for both separate diamonds and to make a full snowflake.

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Fold an 8.5×11 sheet of paper to create a square.

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Cut off extra bit.

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Fold the square into quarters. (lines only drawn for reference)

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Cut along fold lines into smaller squares.

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Fold each square in half to make a triangle. You will cut from the folded side of the paper towards the center careful not to cut all the way to the center. Cut along dotted lines and keep solid line intact.

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Once open, it should look like this,

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Fold the center towards you and glue together.

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Flip over.

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Take the next row and glue those together.

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Flip over. Glue the last two pieces together. That’s it for just a 3D Diamond! Continue reading to learn how to make into a snowflake.

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Make 5 more diamonds to have a total of 6 diamonds. First, glue two diamonds together at the bottom. 

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Glue one more diamond onto the two. Repeat to make another set of 3. 

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Put a bit of glue on the center and pinch together. 

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Your snowflake is now complete! These look great in different colors and sizes. Let it snow! 

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!