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Alabee
« on: December 15, 2012 04:34:42 AM »

So I stumbled across this tutorial at Homemade Mamas (http://www.homemademamas.net/2012/11/day-1-magazine-christmas-tree.html) and decided that, since I was about to throw out a magazine, this year I'd make a paper tree.



I made the "tinsel" out of the magazine's thicker cover, which are just consentina-ed strips which I then straightened out a little.



The topper is a giant lucky star held in place by a little bit of wire.



Once I finally learned how to make lucky stars (tutorial:http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-lucky-paper-stars/) I went a touch crazy with them and now the poor tree's surrounded.



Thank you everyone for the lovely comments. They've really made my day! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2012 07:29:29 AM »

This is so cute! All those stars must have taken forever.
I've never been able to understand how to make a lucky star but the tutorial you posted looks great. I'm gonna try my hand at it later.  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2012 07:32:51 AM »

Oh this is so pretty!  I love the star, especially.  Awesome job.
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2012 07:50:04 AM »

Nice idea and thank you for the link- an easy project to duplicate and I was done in half an hour! YAY!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2012 09:44:57 AM »

I love this!! And your giant paper star topper! I have been working on for a couple of weeks and was wondering how to finish it off. I folded two magazines & put them together to make mine fuller & I am in the process of spraypainting the entire thing silver (it just needs another coat) but I have not been able to figure out a darn thing for the topper. And the little paper chain you made for yours? That is awesome. Seriously, your whole tree is just amazing!
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2012 11:16:31 AM »

This is so cute! I love the last shot from above. Thanks for sharing the links.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2012 02:18:54 PM »

I like your tree.  Nice work.
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Alabee
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2012 08:00:52 PM »

This is so cute! All those stars must have taken forever.
I've never been able to understand how to make a lucky star but the tutorial you posted looks great. I'm gonna try my hand at it later.  Cheesy

The video in the tutorial is the only reason that making the lucky stars actually clicked. Although making them 'pop' in to the star shape was pretty difficult... then I remembered my round nosed pliers  Wink They make it such a breeze!
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2012 08:20:27 PM »

I love this!! And your giant paper star topper! I have been working on for a couple of weeks and was wondering how to finish it off. I folded two magazines & put them together to make mine fuller & I am in the process of spraypainting the entire thing silver (it just needs another coat) but I have not been able to figure out a darn thing for the topper. And the little paper chain you made for yours? That is awesome. Seriously, your whole tree is just amazing!

I was also struggling with a topper and was about to leave it without when my flatmate came to the rescue and stuck one of the little yellow stars on top, which gave me the idea.

I'd love to see your tree when its done! I imagine it will be beautifully sleek and modern. I was thinking of painting mine, but it sounded a bit too time consuming when I still have Christmas presents to make... which I probably should be doing now...
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2012 06:50:13 PM »

how did you make the chain?  it looks great.
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« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2012 10:46:41 AM »

it's lovely! I've just made one from an old book.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2013 12:22:18 AM »

how did you make the chain?  it looks great.

Thanks Smiley The chains are really easy to make, all you really need are two thin strips of paper the same length and width and some glue or a stapler.

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  • Overlap the very ends of you two paper strips and secure them together with glue or a stapler.
  • Take the strip on the bottom and fold it over the top one.
  • Then just keep taking the bottom most strip and folding it over the top most strip until you run out to paper. Secure the ends down with more glue or another staple.
  • You can gently pull on the ends to make to accordion longer, however thinner paper may rip - I used the thicker magazine covers for the chain as they were a bit more forgiving and allowed me to jam the sharp corners into nice curves. Also as you stretch out the accordion it does twist.
  • Make more sections of chain and join the ends together with glue or staples.
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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013 01:13:30 PM »

Oh wow that is so pretty! I also love the last shot from above, all of the little stars must have taken you an age! Cheesy
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