December 25

 

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Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a wonderful day full of happiness and family. With half our lives in storage and a handful of my craft supplies, I still got me tree and filled it with adorable recycled bits. And it got me posting every day!

Most of the decorations will be recycled but a new I will keep – especially the little book!

Since I only had white paper, Christmas Day let me add some color to my tree with bows, ribbons and tags from gifts. And Lucy cat added her few decorations too…

I hope you enjoyed these crafts and stay tuned for some upcoming beauty videos, crafts, and more in the New Year!

December 21

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From wreath to igloo! Just like the paper ball wreaths, this is just a stacked version. With a little door.

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Put on a movie! This one takes a little longer.

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Cut up strips. A ton of them. Probably a page and a half. These are cut at 1/4″ strips on the 8.5″ side. Then tear them in half and ball up tightly.

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Trace a small circle like a cup or a small candle. 

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Add a little door block and cut out.

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Start gluing. 

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And gluing. Stacking like bricks as you go. Slowly start to push the balls in the higher you get so it domes. 

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Glue and dome. Leave the door for last.

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Once you’re about here, start on the door.

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Put on another movie if needed…

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Start with about 2 deep and 2 straight up. 

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Angle the next row then top with one. 

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Now start filling in the rest of the roof. 

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Floof around if you have some gaps. Add your ribbon and hang!

This would be so pretty around the blue bulbs if you have colored lights. It would also be pretty without a base and with a faux tealight underneath! My husband pointed out I didn’t put anything inside and well, I forgot. So I’ll find an army man or dinosaur to put in there. Hope you enjoyed snow balling!

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!

 

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! 

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!

Phone Stand in a Pinch… and a Rip!

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