December 22

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“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see” – Conductor, The Polar Express

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Start with a small rectangular scrap.

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Cut pieces from the corners to scoop out the edges.

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Write or print on another piece of paper so you can trace with a hole poker. 

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Start poking. I used a very large safety pin on top of a mouse pad.

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Using a smaller pin or needle, poke around the edges as a border. 

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Clean up the larger holes if needed by re poking and flattening the hole flaps in the back. 

Add your ribbon and hang! Make tickets for each word if you’d like.  And always, always believe.

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December 20

Another video for you! I can’t believe there are only 5 days left until CHRISTMAS!!!! Enjoy!

December 15

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Cut a sheet of paper into strips. These are 3/4″ strips. 

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Stack the strips and fold in half. Glue or staple the fold in place. If gluing, use a small amount just in the center. 

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Add a dab of glue to the end of each strip and loop to the center. Hot glue, glue stick or double sided tape will work best. 

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Loop and glue until all strips are looped and glued. 

So easy! Try with shorter strips, thinner strips, colors and ribbons. Perfect for the tree or on top of a gift!

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.

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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!