Friday, December 11, 2009

Paper, ribbon, or fabric tree tutorial

So, when I have dozens of things to do before Christmas, when I should be baking and sending out cards and applying for DT positions, I am creating yet another Christmas tree! I was leafing through some old holiday books at the book store on Tuesday and saw a tree made from ribbons and I got to thinking and.......
I took a 9inch high styrafoam tree, a box of big pearl headed pins and some smaller bead headed pins, and 7 different patterned papers (mixture of reds, greens, and Christmas multis. I cut the paper into 6inch lengths and then cut that into strips 3/8 - 3/4 wide (narrower is better) and pulled each end to overlap in the center like a bow. I stuck a pin through, being sure to get both ends and then stuck it into the tree tightly. Then, using my fingers, fluffed up the bow and sort of folded it so it would stick out. I continued to add paper bows to the tree, turning it and filling it out. When I got to the top area, I realized that I needed to make the bows smaller (4 1/2 x 1/4- 3/8) and use smaller pins.

closeup of the paper bows
I then set it on a small Starbucks cup from last Christmas (after Christmas I asked for some of the small cups at my local Starbucks). All in all, this took me 1 1/2hours from start to finish (of course, not counting the reading time in the book). I can imagine this done in any of the wonderful paper sets this year, but all I have are from earlier years - my papers were Anna Griffin and My Mind's Eye. But it would also be fantastic done in ribbons or in fabric strips - just cut strips with your rotary cutter of your favorite holiday fabrics but be sure to include some plains and maybe some vintage fabrics - the more the merrier!!!!!
I have done 3 of the Tim Holtz tags this year - I haven't had much time this past week plus I don't have any of the funky toys he is displaying. I did the one from yesterday with the metal but I used foil from my kitchen and it looks pretty cool - it's giving me ideas for a really funky layout done in foil. Maybe this weekend....
Hope you have a wonderful weekend - I am hoping to paint and scrap (but not making plans based on what happened last weekend - I learned my lesson).
thanks for reading and ttfn (hope this tutorial makes sense - let me know if you have any questions)



12 comments:

marit said...

I just saw this on SIStv and had to hop over to your blog! I wish I had the time to try this (doing it "my own way" - making an akward shape or something...) but *sigh* I'm affraid I alway want more than I can handle... anyway, it's a beautiful "tree" and thanks for the tutorial!

Jenneke said...

LOVE your tree, Chris!!!!
You always have such original ideas!!
Hope you'll have a wonderful weekend with a lot of time to create!!

XXXJenneke

Jane Smith said...

Cute tree Chris. Thanks for the tut!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! this is fab fab fab chris!!! LOVE IT! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

McMGrad89 said...

Great tree!

deana said...

Oh that could not be any CUTER! Of course... everything you make is awesome & so inspiring!

Hope you have a GREAT weekend! :-)

mandysea said...

oOOOH!! Chris!! What a wonderful centrepiece this will make!!! I'll have to do this with my kids!!
FABULOUS thanks so much for sharing!!
xx

Jeanet said...

Oh wow Chris...your tree is so beautiful!LOVE it...bet I will be doing this next week together with Levi...Thanks for sharing!
And about the Tim Holz tags..I haven't finished one yet...I don't have the tools he uses either and I didn't had time yet ;)
Have a great weekend!

Hanneke said...

That tree is amazing!!! I should write that down to make one next year, I am never gonna make it to do that this year (Christmas and scrapping, sounds great but it doesn't really work does it?)
Thanks for the inspiration!!
Hugs Hanneke

Amy Muffoletto said...

Ohhhhh, What a sweet little tree. I love these little paper trees so many different ways to make them. I love yours. Gorgeous.

Beth Norman said...

How awesome. It is refreshing to see new ideas. Wonderful work.

hannie said...

cool idea!