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 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!

25 Days of Christmas – Paper Ornaments

December 1

DSC01611_20171201084902063If you do a quick Google or YouTube search, you will find countless ideas and instructions on how to make these. They are so simple and so pretty! You can layer them, trim the edges with scalloped scissors, add lace – be creative! Here are the steps I took:

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8.5 x 11 sheet of paper

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Fold in half, then again and as many times as you would like for the size of your rosette. A quartered sheet rosette will make about a 5.5″ diameter rosette.

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Cut along fold lines.

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Accordion fold each piece.

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Glue each section together. Two sections with tight accordion folds will make a tight edged rosette. Use 3-4 sections for more of a fan edge.

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Glue the ends together to make a circle.

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Scrunch the top together and align all the folds. A flat surface helps keep the paper from buckling and flying out of your hand.

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Slowly push the paper down making sure the center is tight and stays together. This is much easier when you have more rows or paper in your circle.

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Press flat holding the center together.

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Glue center of each side including a little around the center hole as well.

And that’s all! Embellish as you wish and add a string or ribbon to hang!

 Items needed:
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Copy Paper
HP Printer Paper, Multipurpose Ultra White, 20lb, 8.5 x 11, Letter, 96 Bright – 500 Sheets / 1 Ream (112000R) Made In The USA
Scissors
Fiskars 8 Inch Softgrip Scissors Straight, Stainless Steel (01-004761J)
Glue
Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Clear, Washable, 4 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks

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!