Yes I realize this is a wee bit late but I got caught up in the Christmas wave. Great thing about Christmas though, is that it’s every year 🙂
If you’re like me and aren’t to keen on real Christmas trees, then you opt for the fake version that can be pulled out and set out every holiday and packed away neatly until the next year. But what if you can’t quite afford one? Honestly they’re a little pricey, and if you have to choose between that and booze et food more likely the latter will win out.
So what do you do? Make your own tree of course. (no duh!)
Seriously. And it will cost you way less and you can store it away and use it again if you want, plus you’ll be recycling which is great for the environment.
What you’ll need:
- Cardboard box
- Paint (whatever colour you want, set your unicorn free)
- PVA glue/Mod Podge
- Scissors and a X-ACTO knife
- A general idea of what a tree should look like
- Newspaper to cover your work station
- paint brush/foam brush
- Shallow bowl
- Ruler or long straight edge
What to do:
Choose two similar sides of your cardboard (whatever size you have or prefer) and cut them out. Lay one board down and measure to find the top center of cardboard. Mark a long line from top center to bottom left corner of cardboard. Mark another long line from top center to bottom right corner of cardboard.
Design a tree edges beginning at top center to bottom left corner, using your marked line as a guideline. Do the same on the other side. I kept mine simple.
Take your X-ACTO knife and cut out your tree design.
Use your cutout as a stencil on the other cardboard piece and draw out the trace the design, then cut it out.
Now to make the slits. So the idea is much like puzzle pieces; you need to cut slits on both cardboards so that they fit together perfectly and can stand upright.
You will need to make sure you have a line centered on both cardboard pieces to make center slits through each cardboard piece.Cut a slit about a centimeter wide from the top to the center of cardboard 1 and cut from the center to the bottom of cardboard 2.
You can paint your cardboard pieces or leave it as is. I mixed 2 tones of green to get the colour I wanted and added a little glue to stiffen the board.
When it’s all dry, slide the pieces together. Slide cardboard 2 onto cardboard 1.
Now decorate! You can make your own ornaments or pin store bought ones, then through on some Christmas lights and your done.