Hi guys! After spending most of our DIY energy on the kitchen reveal this week, I thought a little Christmas project was in order. This is one that you can likely recreate yourself for just pennies. (Nickels?)
The idea dawned on me as we were tidying up our garden room and cleaning out all our summer pots. I had a set of terracotta pots that were just going to go to storage. I love the colour of terracotta – it’s warm and rich and compliments almost any decor. At the same time, I was trying to corral all of my gift wrapping odds and ends from last year. So of course, I decided to upcycle and make some Potted Paper Christmas Trees! You may have spotted them in the staging I did for our Wood Slice Welcome Banner.
Here’s what you need:
- pots in various sizes and heights
- scrap wrapping paper, scrap booking paper or wall paper
- a dowel that more or less fits into the hole in the bottom of your pot (just eyeball it, it doesn’t have to be exact)
- extra scrap paper to scrunch up
- twine, ribbon or thick yarn
To start, decide on the heights of your pots and stack them if you want. Then stick your dowel in the middle. With my three trees, I cut my dowel into three different size pieces so the ‘stems’ were about 4.5″, 7″ and 9″ respectively. Once again, eyeball it. This is an obviously homemade, whimsical craft – so just go with it. 🙂
You can put a teeny dab of glue on the rim of the pot hole (pot hole?!?) and put your dowel in, but what I found really worked to secure it was to scrunch up brown paper and stuff it into the pot until the dowel was more or less standing straight. Then wrap some twine around the dowel and tie it off.
Now, once again, eye ball it. Start cutting squares of paper (not perfect squares, I recommend cutting like a four-year old) that are slightly larger than the pot. Vary your patterns and sizes ever so slightly. Then fold them over and create a hole in the middle (ish) of the square and stab it over the dowel. I say middle (ish) because the more imperfect, the more fluffy your tree will be. Do you sense a theme with this craft? 😉
Once you’ve done this about four or five times (depending on the thickness of your paper), and you’ve offset the corners of the squares to make ‘branches’, grab your twine and wrap it around your dowel a few times and tie it off. This will give you a base upon which to build your next round of squares – which will be slightly smaller than the first ones. Ya feel?
Just keep doing that, alternating colours, sizes and middle holes (middle holes?!!?) and when you reach what you think should be the top – add a little metallic square and tie it off with a twine bow.
There you go!
Just remember to keep them away from open flame. 🙂 This isn’t where these guys will stay in our house. I’ve put them atop our china cabinet – but there was no light up there for photos, so I staged them in here. 🙂
Also, this gave me an excuse to use my sweet little reindeer guy. I just love him. He goes with the little birdie I put on our Weathered Door.
What sort of handmade Christmas decorations do you like to make? Speaking of which, next week we’re part of the 12 Posts of Christmas. 12 bloggers are sharing cute Christmas decor ideas for 12 days and all of them are less than $24! So stay tuned for that and get ready to bookmark/like some new blogs. 🙂