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 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!