how to make sweet christmas table top decorations
Yes, I know…. we have not even hit Halloween yet, but I am starting to make Christmas Decorations early. These trees can be made SO EASILY! They can use any type of paper, although I think vintage music scores or old books look best as they have a great sepia tone. All you need is paper, card, glue and scissors. I think they look great in groups as well.
- Old Vintage paper
- Small star (optional)
Take some card and twist it into a cone shape. Tape up the sides and trim it so it sits flat when upright. If the top has a small gap, take a bit of old paper and glue it over the top so there is no visible hole.
Cut the vintage paper into strips about 2″ wide lengthways. Then cut up into them 1/2 way so they have a layer of ‘smaller cut strips. I have fantastic shredding scissors that do this job, but normal scissors will work (but will take more time). I do them in bundles of 5 strips at a time to speed things up.
Once these are done, take a piece and bend up the cut pieces so they look like frills:
Now take the cone, and starting from the bottom, glue the paper around the cone. With each subsequent layer cover the top part of the below strip:
Keep on going! When you get to the top reverse another small bit of paper so the strips stick upwards. Then tease and tweak all the cut pieces upwards so it looks almost fluffy.
You can add a star if you want, I happened to have some little wooden ones around so I added them on with a hot glue gun, but you don’t need these. Here are the cones without stars:
And then with the stars added:
They look lovely and you can alter the scale. The ones I made were in a set of 3 with varying heights, and one had much older paper with a darker sepia colour. This is the size in terms of scale that I made in the below photograph, but you can make them any size and from any paper that you want. They would look lovely in zingy tones of tissue paper in the summer for example….