Sunday, November 14, 2010

How NOT to make paper trees !

Aren't these trees hysterical?? I was cruising around
blogland yesterday and found this post and decided I
wanted to make some of the paper trees. After all how
hard could it be??

Then I saw another site where someone made felt trees
like this and used wire to string the circles on. Yippee...I had wire , I had paper and glitter...what more
could a girl want? Well...obviously more smarts than I
had! These three are my first attempt and I found out
FAST that wire is not good for paper trees. They will bend
this way and that way at the slightest touch!

I also could not get them to set on a candleholder to save
my life and I knew there had to be something I was missing!

Now I do think they look pretty when no one is around and
the wind is not blowing and someone doesn't open a door!

I asked Susan for a tutorial and you know she was a
sweetie and posted one fast. You can find it here
if you are so inclined to try one yourself. I will say these
take a lot of circles! I was seeing circles in my sleep and
my eyes were crossing! LOL

Now this tree is the one I did RIGHT...with the
tutorial. Makes much more sense to put them on
a wooden skewer...inside a cork...inside a candleholder.
DUH! Lame brain here.
I will say that I didn't use the spacers though
and mine is pretty packed.

You can use any size circles and any amount you want.
Make a tall tree, a short tree, a skinny tree, a fat tree
all kinds of trees. I am even thinking I just may keep
my WONKY trees the way they are. They would sure be a conversation starter. lol.

LOVE the glitter edges too. I would put glitter on all
of mine , but then I am just a glitter kind of gal.
Oh also this tree I used a white type of butcher paper
instead of the brown kraft or brown grocery bags. You can use anything you want to and make
yours unique.

Oh yes, I also cheated and found these circle patterns
online to use for patterns. For my trees I only used size 10
and under, but if you want larger trees go for it.
Please be sure and let me know if any of you make them.
I would love to see yours! Blessings~


C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Ooh I love your little trees Sandi... we get such bad east winds here in Centerville, alot of our trees in our yard tilt all the time... I think you did a great job!... and I am sure you had alot of fun making them... xoxo Julie Marie

Aliene said...

Your first little trees just look like they wanted a nap so they nodded off to sleep. They are cute.

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

Your trees turned out great! I like the leaning trees, too! They look like they've had a lot of snow laying on them to bend them over.. hahah

Great post! Thank you!

Susanne said...

I love your "wonky" trees, kinda melted or Dr. Seuss looking. You could say they were motion sensitive, like a big mouth billy bass. Seriously they're cute! Your "regular" tree turned out nice as well, I like your choice of topper.
ps. thanks for the link!

Sweet Old Vintage said...

I see you spent your day doing trees. They are quite clever... Even the leaning ons have attitude.

Marydon said...

They are darling, sweet Sandi. I love them ... you tipped trees are so unique & have such a personality. Love them all!

Have a great week!
TFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Becky C said...

Sandi, these trees are darling, even the bendy ones! You are so patient to work so tediously. Thanks for posting my giveaway!
Becky C

Anne said...

I like your wonky trees. They have character. :-)

sandy said...

I LOVE your trees! I DO want some for myself! Think I'll check out the tutorial!
Thanks for sharing!

Burlap Luxe said...

Oooooh! O, Oh!
I just love the whimsey of your moppy trees! In fact they are my favorites. There is just something about there perfectly imperfect look that captures our souls.

I would display them proudley front row and ceter in you holiday decor.

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T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Sandi, I got a good chuckle over your wonky trees. They are just adorable. I love that you went full steam ahead and then thought "what the heck?" Precious! Of course, your second attempt is just gorgeous. I can't imagine cutting all those circles, though. I can see why your eyes would be crossing. :) I wonder if you could use something to stiffen up those first three trees although they are just as cute as they can be. Have a great Monday. Tammy

A Cottage Muse said...

I love them!! Thanks for the links, I just may try myself!!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Wowww those just
are gorgeous !!
I am smiling at
your post :)


d. reyné said...

I think all of your trees are precious!
I think the first batch are whimsical and the one on the candlestick...elegant!
Hugs my friend,

Donna said...

I think the wonky ones are quite charming! LOL! You could stiffen them up with some "stiffy stuff" spray, but you might have to support them somehow while they dry! Thanks for the links.

Donna said...

That is just too funny about your droopy trees, Sandi! Though I'm sure you weren't laughing at the time! The tree in your silver candle holder is gorgeous! I love glitter, and like to put it on everything, too!

Dorthe said...

Hi Sandy,
your trees are wonderfull,-and gorgeus, I can see there are soooooo many cirkels, what a work,and you made so many !
They will be great in your decorations.
XO, Dorthe

QueenBe said...

Sandi I LOVE the paper trees.... even the crooked ones. I need to find out how to make those!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Sandi, I SOOO love your trees, even the wonky ones! I'm gonna try these soon! I'm still catching up on all your past posts since my little grandson arrived last week!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

LMcBurney said...

I love those trees...even the bendy ones. So cute!