I love home-made Christmas ornaments and I really enjoy making them myself. In this post I’m sharing one of my favorite and easiest ornaments to make. It’s a paper Christmas tree cut from recycled paper. I mentioned this project in a post last year but it is such a great project I think it’s worth mentioning again, and this time I have a template for any one that would like to print it and use it for a pattern.
All you’ll need to create this beautiful Christmas decoration is a pencil, a pair of scissors, a sewing machine, some small beads and paper (old magazines pages and junk mail work great), glitter, glue stick and my pattern are optional but a creative spirit is not 🙂
- Size the pattern to desirable size and print.
- Collect pages from an old magazine (I look for colors that I like within the pages).
- Layer three pages together and cut them into a rectangle an inch larger than the tree pattern.
- optional – Apply glue using a glue stick to both sides of each page and sprinkle with glitter and let dry before continuing.
- With the three pages still layered together, and leaving a six-inch tail of thread on both ends, sew a running sitch lengthwise along the center of the layered papers, stitching them all together.
- Knot the thread on the top, leaving a loop for hanging.
- Thread beads onto the bottom thread tail and knot off.
- Trace the pattern onto the top page and cut out the design through all three of the sewn pages at once or ( you can fold the pages along the stitching and trace only half the pattern onto the folded top page then cut through all six pieces of paper at one time).
- Fold apart the pages.
- Hang on your Christmas tree.