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.
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.
Fold centers. The smallest ones you can just push an edge or your nail in the center.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!