December 17

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A miniature present you can open! This has a lot of steps and there are a ton of great tutorials out there if you need to see a video.

First, make a square from an 8.5×11 sheet of paper.

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You will only need two of the small quarters so this would make two gift boxes.

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1. Fold in half.

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2. Unfold then fold each side to the creased center line. 

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3. Make sure your fold lines are crisp. 

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4. Unfold everything and repeat on the opposite side. Fold in half, then each side to the center line. 

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6. Unfold everything again then fold corners to center.

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7. Unfold two corners.

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8. Fold edge the edges up to the center line. Make sure the corner doesn’t slip out or buckle.  

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9. Repeat on both sides and then unfold everything, 

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10. Repeat steps 7-9 for the other side but don’t unfold everything. 

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11. Open up the two sides. 

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12. Buckle the angled crease lines in. This will pop the other sides up. 

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13. It’s poppin’

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14. Let it fold into itself and bring up the sides. This will fold over into the box. 

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15. Pinch, crease and fold the flap over and into the box. 

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16. Repeat on other side. 

Repeat all the steps for the second square of paper and you will have a top and bottom.

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Add a bow or ribbon if you’d like!

 

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!

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 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 2

Tinsel

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The fluff of the tree. 

Cut paper into thin strips and curl with your nail or side of scissors.

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Place on limbs of tree. Thickness of tinsel can vary to add depth and dimension. Try curling the same strip of paper in different directions.

I like adding a whole piece of paper or two of “fluff” to fill in any gaps.