Whether you love a real traditional Christmas with reindeers and golden baubles or like to infuse your own funky modern style into the festivities, there's no arguing that if you live in an apartment or small space, you need to think outside the (gift) box to bring the Christmas spirit inside. A big, live tree aint gonna fit through the door? Consider giving these pretty cool DIY options a go.
Try this wall version at home or in your office space.
Firstly you will need:
- 5 pieces of 20x30 white foamcore or mat board
- fringe scissors
- regular scissors
- tissue paper (at least 30 sheets)
- painter's tape or masking tape
- duct tape (white preferably)
- one bottle of craft glue
- Xacto knife
- marker or Sharpie (optional)
- picture frame hook
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1. Lay out four of the five pieces of white foamcore vertically, two up and two down, to form a larger rectangle. Place the fifth piece of foamcore at the top of the newly-formed rectangle, horizontally. Make sure that top piece is centered. Using duct tape, attach all the pieces together to form one giant piece. We added a few layers of duct tape on both sides, along the creases. NOTE:
We used black duct tape to show we did it, but you should use white tape so it doesn't peak through at the end.
2. Map out the size and shape of your tree with painter's tape or masking tape. Make sure your tape is secure to your boards before moving on to step three.
3. Your tape lines will now serve as a straightedge. You can use a yard stick instead if you'd like, but the tape actually works really well on it's own. Using your Xacto knife, carefully cut your Christmas tree shape.
4. Once your Christmas tree is cut, you are ready to start creating the tree fringe with tissue paper. Cut a full sheet of tissue paper in half (hamburger NOT hot dog). Take one of your half sheets and fold it into thirds, still the hamburger way, so you create a really long rectangle with three layers. Now it's time to let the fringe begin. Using your fringe scissors, cut fringe, leaving about one inch of room at the top. You will be making a lot of these sheets, so you might want to grab a drink, and a comfy seat.
5. Starting at the very bottom of your tree and working your way up, you can now start gluing your fringe. Flip your fringe over, add a bead of glue across the length of the top (where you left that extra inch of non-fringe). And attach to the bottom of your tree. You'll want the very bottom layer to hang off the end of the board so that it can cover your tree trunk, which you'll add later. Depending on how large you make your tree, you will most likely need two fringe strips for each line toward the bottom of the tree.
6. Start your next layer (the second line of fringe) a little higher than the one below it. You want to cover the non-fringey area from below, but just barely. Continue this process until you've covered your tree all the way to the top.
7. Once dry, flip your tree over so the back is facing toward the sky. Glue any overhang to the back. This is also a good time to attach a picture frame hook as well, so it is ready for hanging.
8. To create the tree trunk, cut a scrap piece of foamcore into a stubby rectangle that is roughly one fourth the length of the bottom of your tree. Cover in brown craft paper and then cut small fringe strips, just like you did with the tissue paper, with recycled grocery bags. Secure fringe to trunk with glue.
9. Attach trunk to tree with duct tape on both sides (front and back), which will be covered by your tree fringe in the front. Now you are ready to hang your tree, add some garland, and enjoy.
Thank you to www.curbly.com
for 'How-To' make this awesome DIY Christmas tree...
This is how ours turned out (and we're pretty chuffed). You can decorate yours any way you like too:
But we didn't stop there, we made this 3D DIY Christmas tree too. You can cover it in the same way as above for a close-to-real finish. If you would like to give this one a crack head here
for DIY instructions.