Thursday, December 4, 2014

Oh Christmas Tree! Crafty Gifts for Under $10

Who doesn't love a little handmade for Christmas? I have 2 wonderful projects that are thrifty, relatively easy, and quick!  They are a rolled paper Christmas tree in a frame, and a DIY burlap dry erase board.

 I have seen several versions of rolled paper Christmas trees and wanted to try one myself.

You will need:

Paper scraps 
Paper cutter
Frame or canvas
White card stock to fit frame
Glue gun and/or craft glue
Embellishments like buttons and tree topper

First, I cut my cardstock to fit my frame (8 x 10) and put it in the in place of the glass.  Then I cut my largest strip of paper about 2 inches smaller in width, so 6 inches wide and about 1 1/2 to 2 inches long.  I rolled the paper around a pencil, as tightly as possible and used hot glue to secure the end.  Then, removed the roll from the pencil.

Cut each of the remaining strips a 1/4 inch smaller in width than the previous one, so 5 3/4, 5 1/2 etc.    I used about 19 strips, but you can play with the height until it's just right for you!  Once you have your strips rolled and secured, adhere them to your cardstock.  I used Tombow multi liquid glue. Then, add your accents!

The second is a dry erase board made from a dollar store frame, scrap burlap, and ribbon. Just cut your burlap to fit the frame opening.  Open the frame and place the burlap behind the glass.  Close the frame and add your bow or whatever embellishment you like.

Whether you gift your altered frames, or keep them for yourself, they can be cute additions to any Christmas decor.

Supplies not mentioned above:
Christmas paper: Me and My Big Ideas Ellen Krans Mambi Sheets
Tree base: chocolate brown felt with red/white twine
Stickers: Recollections

Happy gifting!




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