December 24

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Happy Christmas Eve! You didn’t think I could forget the angel, could you?? This is so so simple and very little cutting. Just lots of folding! And a little gluing.

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Accordion fold a full sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper lengthwise.

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Fold in half.

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Glue together to make her skirt.

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Accordion fold an 8.5 x 11 width-wise.

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Pinch in the center and either glue, staple or tie together. I went with tying.

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Hot glue her wings to her skirt. 

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Take one of those scraps you probably have 20 of that were left over from making a square out of a sheet of paper. 

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Cut into quarters. You only need one quarter. 

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Accordion fold that as small as you can. 

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Glue together to make a small medallion. 

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Hot glue in the nook of her wings. 

Then add to the top of your tree! You may need to make a cone or use some string to tie onto the tree. If you have a fake one, you can bend the branches to hold her into place.

I hope you have a fantastic Christmas Eve! I’ll post my completed tree tomorrow!

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.

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 20

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

December 19

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The ornaments don’t have to stop at the tree! Decorate under your tree with simple tealight votives using battery operated tealights.

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Measure how tall you want your votive and cut.

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Wrap around to measure how wide you need your strip. Have about a half inch overlapping in the back. 

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Make a little mark for the width of the tealight. 

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On another strip equal in size, draw or trace the image you want for your votive. Keep it basic and simple. 

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Place over to trace. 

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Using a pin, poke holes to trace the shape. I poked over a mouse pad but foam paper or even a few folded paper towels on the table will work. 

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Re-puncture any holes that need touch-ups. 

Tape around your tealight and add anywhere that needs a festive touch!

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 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 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 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!