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« on: December 15, 2011 09:46:28 AM »



Last year I broke up with my boyfriend of five years during the first week of December.  While it was a good decision for me, it left me feeling a bit out of sorts and I ended up throwing away every Christmas decoration I had two weeks before the holiday.  This year I realized that I was in need of a tree.  I was about to buy one, but whilst watching Charlie Brown's Christmas special I got an idea: why not make a dinky little tree myself?!  So, I did.

 I used a bunch of rolled up magazine 'rods' that I had put together over the summer when I was attempting to make a recycled paper blind.  I ended up giving up on it because it was too heavy and I got bored with the project.  
What the tree was born from:


A few Christmas movies later.  I had a Christmas tree made entirely of reused magazine paper and glue.  LOTS of glue.  Grin








For the topper I made an origami paper star out of about 14 pages of a Zelda Twilight Princess strategy guide.








It was pretty frustrating at times because the weight was too heavy up top and I didn't plan the structure well enough initially.  I used little one inch pieces of the rods as supports.  Also, help from my cat Nico jumping over it and batting at the branches didn't help much.  Grin  However, after a lot of hot glue and trimming it's very stable.



Merry Christmas!




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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2011 09:56:54 AM »

That's so awesome!  I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011 10:11:41 AM »

This is totally fantastic and the most original Christmas tree ever! 
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011 10:28:02 AM »

very clever!!!  I love it when people are resourceful!!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011 10:34:09 AM »

very clever- what a wonderful little tree
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011 10:44:26 AM »

Love it! What a great idea.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011 10:57:46 AM »

This is beautiful - I love your concept and the way you made it all come together!!   Cheesy  Very lovely work!! 
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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011 11:01:30 AM »

Very neat. Thanks for all the in-progress pictures too.
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011 11:57:06 AM »

I vote this as the most imaginative, resourceful and beautiful non-traditional Christmas tree ever!

Your persistence paid off...it looks wonderful!

Your "failed" blinds also look pretty cool...did you find that project on this site? Cheesy  I am interested in that one...
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« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2011 05:55:27 PM »

How cool! I really like how it turned out.
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« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2011 07:32:56 PM »

LOVE how it turned out!
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2011 10:52:07 PM »

I vote this as the most imaginative, resourceful and beautiful non-traditional Christmas tree ever!

Your persistence paid off...it looks wonderful!

Your "failed" blinds also look pretty cool...did you find that project on this site? Cheesy  I am interested in that one...

Agreed with always! I am wondering how to fashion a small tree because I haven't had the motivation and this has been so wonderful to inspire and motivate me. Thank you for sharing and providing the structural info.
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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2011 01:53:34 AM »

What a fun tree! It turned out lovely!
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2011 02:36:27 PM »

Wow!! Shocked I am so in love with your tree, which btw you did an AMAZING job with! Grin
This is just so original, I think I'm feeling a bit of awe/jealousy. Wink
(I also hope you're healing from your break-up. I know personally how rough that can be. (HUGS!))
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« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2011 07:04:36 PM »

This is fantastic! It's so much more fun than a regular tree! Smiley

(I, too, broke up with a boyfriend of five years at the beginning of Dec. a few years ago. It was rough, but ended up being one of the best decisions I've ever made.  Smiley)
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2011 10:36:14 PM »

I vote this as the most imaginative, resourceful and beautiful non-traditional Christmas tree ever!

Your persistence paid off...it looks wonderful!

Your "failed" blinds also look pretty cool...did you find that project on this site? Cheesy  I am interested in that one...

I came up with the magazine blind on my own after I made a folded paper shade for my porch door... I thought it was an original idea but after some googling I found that it had been done before.  I'd like to try it again sometime with better planning.  The weight of it worried me.  It was really heavy and I was afraid it would end up coming undone after hanging it up.
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2012 05:07:35 PM »

That is so cool! Definitely stealing this idea, especially with the blinds!

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