During a break from the hats and baby blankets...
I had to make this while my husband was at work or in another room, as it squeaked against the hook quite noisily. It was also a bit mucky as my hands sweated and the print came off. No, I won't be making any more, as crocheting with paper really is horrible! I only finished this one because it was sat in my WIP box, staring evilly at me and making me feel guilty.
The trunk is crocheted in a tube from strips of newspaper, and the branches are made of wire wrapped in more strips. They are bendable, and can be positioned. I allowed myself the luxury of a little glue when I did the branches - there's none at all used on the trunk.
The finished tree stands at a proud 12 inches tall and took the best part of a local newspaper.
Take newspaper, tear it into strips and get twisting... Look out for kitties who seem to like twisted strands. It isn't a good idea to do it over your knee, because it gets clawed.
Joining the strands
Undo the end inch or so of the strands, then twist them back together, one on top of the other (making sure the twist runs the same way on both). Tada! No glue.
Hold the strand twisted as the trunk is made in a SC tube. This helps prevent the strand breaking.
Does this take recycling a step too far? I suppose a layer of paint or varnish might toughen it up, but It's sturdy enough to hang things like necklaces off.