Easy Christmas card idea

The other day I was checking facebook (such a great time waster!) and I saw a post with a Christmas tree made from paper (check it out here). I thought it was a pretty cool idea, and so did lil miss when she came over to look (oh I may have gone “hmm that’s cool” out loud, which turned on the nosey switch in her 🙂 ), so together we decided to make our own version and turn it into a Christmas card for her Nana and Poppa. It was really easy, and both of us are pleased with the result.

To make your own Christmas Tree card you will need:
Ruler
Scissors (or a craft knife)
Pencil
Colours Paper
Plain white paper (or thin card)
Glue

Start by deciding how thick you want each layer of tree – we decided to do quite thick pieces, but the example photo uses pieces that are a lot thinner. If I was doing it by myself I would have made them thinner but with little hands helping thicker seemed to be easier.
Once you have decided on thickness – cut 2 pieces of each colour
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Depending on how many colours you have decided to do (and how big your card or picture will be) your pile of pieces will vary, but you should end up with a colourful collection like this
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You then need to cute each piece to different lengths – I went with 15cm, 12cm, 10cm, 8cm, 7cm 5cm, 3cm. At this point we also cut a little bit of thickness of each layer as I realised they weren’t all going to fit!

The next step is to plan out your tree (Note: I decided my cutting skills weren’t up to making a star for the top of the tree, so we went with a diamond) don’t forget to cut a truck (or a pot) from the left over pieces of paper.

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Once you are happy with your design, remember that it can be as simple or as complex as you like, all that is left to do is glue them in place and ta da your very own home made Christmas card!
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