For the past, quite a few, years we have had popcorn strings on the Chrismtas tree. And even those these generally take two nights to make, which has nothing to do with the amount of popcorn that I eat instead of thread, I like the look on the tree. In fact when the bathroom was refitted (now finished and lovely – pics to follow at some point) the plumber said ‘I bet this gets a lot of use’ as he moved the popcorn maker to get to the stop tap. ‘Yes it does’ I replied ‘regularly once a year.’
This year however I had to give a thought to our new furry addition and I didn’t think that stringing the tree with something edible would be a super wonderful idea.
So I needed something to take the place of the popcorn. Since we, well I say ‘we’ I mean ‘I’, decorate the tree with shells and wooden sea creatures – just one more reason why I refrain from using the n word ((((normal)))).
So I decided to make paper baubles – for want of a better word similar to the heart ornaments I made earlier in the year and decided to share the easiness of them with you…
Paper or thin card (I tried thicker card but it tends to crease rather than bend)
Sticky tape (or masking tape! – I can’t leave the stuff alone)
Scissors or guillotine
Thread, ribbon or fishing line
Take the paper or card and cut it into 1″ wide strips. I printed Merry Christmas onto my paper, in varying sizes via a table in Word so I could also print the cutting lines.
Cut the strips to length
2 x 4″
2 x 4 1/2″
2 x 5″
Attach a loop of fishing line to one of the 4″ pieces with masking tape (ohhh)
Stack the strips together with the longest at the bottom (and with the pattern facing out if you are using patterned paper)
Place one lot of strips on top of the other with the shorter lengths in the middle
and staple at the loop end.
Line up the unfastened ends of the strips and stple them and you should end up with something like this…
Here’s some examples of varying sizes…
Obviously you can add as many strips as you want.
And since I can’t find the big seashell for the top of the tree (I know how do you loose a seashell – maybe Buddy ate it) I made a large heart to replace it…
And here’s our tree with them on…
And here’s another Christmas present off my list – I made these with two strips of paper to make them that bit more robust and used eyelets instead of staples at the ends.
Considering the eyelets required the use of a hammer and my wrist is still sore I thought it wasn’t going to work out too well however using a hammer is fine but slicing toast is a major no-no – apparently it’s the bending and twisting whilst under pressure it objects to!
Made – 12/29 with 3 days to go (3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) It’s okay I have a bunch half done and four I’ve not yet posted about so it’s okay, it is okay, IT IS!
Panic level – 4/10 (Although to keep it low I did something that I am about to confess and that you may need to look away now if you are a sewer, sewerist, er… if you sew – I used my dressmaking scissors to cut paper – this is something I have threatened to divorce B over in the past but I couldn’t find my craft scissors and then when I did they had sticky on them, possbily from cutting too much masking tape, and I couldn’t be bother to go get the nail varnish remover to get it of – I am so ashamed)
You just never cease to amaze me. I am so in awe of your creativity and only wish I was your neighbor so I could get lessons firsthand! Thank you for sharing the details of these lovely ornaments. Your tree looks gorgeous and I believe you truly averted a disaster with Buddy and popcorn. I hope all the recipients of your gifts appreciate all the thought and work you have put in to them! Merry Christmas!
Ooohh … I like those decorations a lot. The simple ideas are always the most effective – and I agree, popcorn decorations and dogs probably aren’t a great mix!!
I’m sitting here crocheting snow flakes … but I had my Christmas panic at the end of Sept before we headed to the UK bearing all of our gifts. If I were you right now I’d be upping the panic level just ever so slightly 🙂 Good luck!
Your tree looks wonderful and what amazing ornaments – clever clever you.
Happy Christmas Paula x
I was watching a programme on ITV this afternoon called “May the best Christmas house win.” I’m sure it was you pretending to be a Mancunian, she certainly had your craftiness and giggle. It was you wasn’t it? If you didn’t catch it maybe it’s on Sky+ or some other on demand channel.
I don’t have a tree this year but you’ve given me some great ideas if I do one next year…. so creative you are! Wunderbar!
I so love the hearts…I cannot believe how much you get done….busy girl…