12 DIY Day’s of Christmas: Day 4

To celebrate the Christmas season, I’ve asked some of my closest(and most creative) friends to share with us their favorite holiday DIY projects.  I’m excited to introduce you to my friends as well as their great ideas!  They will be sharing recipes, decorating ideas, projects you can do with your kids and more. Stay tuned for the next few weeks, and hopefully we will all be inspired to be creative this season. Make sure to leave them a comment letting them know you loved their project!

Today, my friend Millie and her friends from Salt Harbor Designs are sharing with us how to craft beautiful little Paper Trees.  Millie and I have been friends for years, and actually met at a photography workshop.  We hit it off instantly, and the rest is history!  Millie is a brilliant photographer and business woman.  I recommend you take the time to go check out her new website.  It’s amazing!

Thank you millie for taking the time to contribute to my 12 DIY Days….your photographs are beautiful!

Millie Holloman’s Mini Paper Trees

Craft by Salt Harbor Designs (www.saltharbor.com)
Photography by Millie Holloman (www.millieholloman.com)
Text from Jennifer of Salt Harbor:

Paper trees are so popular this year and they are rather costly, selling for up to $50.  We spent less than $5 on ours!   We used music for some trees, book pages for others, and even children’s books for a youthful tree.  They are adorable grouped together on a mantle or table.  Creating templates of the different size squares makes creating the layers really easy.  It is a fun craft for children too, because the squares do not need to be perfect. Imperfections only add to the character of each tree.

The How To: 5 easy steps
1.  Put styrofoam in the base of a pot and stick a skewer in the foam.
2.  Cover the base of the pot with moss.
3.  Rip pages out of an old book and cut or tear the pages into squares.  You will need about 20 squares of 8 different sizes starting with 4.5″ and descending to 1″ in 1/2″ increments.
4.  Starting with the largest squares, poke the pages onto the skewer.  Continue to add squares largest to smallest.
5.  If you wish, add a miniature star, pine cone or ball to the top of the skewer.

 

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5 comments

  1. This is such a cute craft project and looks so good!!

    Comment by Emily
    December 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

  2. Oh!!!! I just LOVE these!! Just picked up the supplies and will be making these with my kids tonight as teacher gifts. We decided to use holiday coffee mugs and attach a coffee gift card. We liked using old Children’s christmas books for the pages and I’m going to try to stamp the edges. I will let you know how it turns out. We are planning to use these as Teacher Gifts for my son’s teachers at school. Thank you for the idea. We are having so much fun as a family making these crafts!

    Comment by Leighellen Landskov - pbl photography
    December 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

  3. So making these for my office!! Cute! Gonna grab my old hymnbook and copy out pages to use. Couldn’t bear to actually tear pages out of a book!! Ouch!

    Comment by TJoy
    December 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

  4. I love all these pictures. So modern and clean-looking! Really cute trees!

    Comment by Heather M.
    December 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm

  5. YAY! i saw these exact things at anthropologie for like $40!!!! I wanted to make one but did not know how time consuming it would be… so glad i found this! pretty awesome :)

    Comment by Lauren Wagoner
    December 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

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