Saturday, December 22, 2012

Accordion Paper Trees

So do you have that little space somewhere on top of a counter, a desk or a side table that could use a little holiday-izing. If so, I have found something simple yet modern that could do the trick. These folded paper trees are super easy, because they come with a downloadable template, and can add a chic holiday touch to any little blank area. Make one or a whole whimsical forest.

To make this craft you will need some colored paper, a pen, scissors, ruler, bone folder and a glue stick. If you don't have a bone folder, you can use an old credit card.

Step 1: Download the template and print it out onto a an extra piece of paper (sturdy paper works best for tracing). Cut out template and trace onto colored paper. Make small marks where the fold lines intersect the sides, these will guide you later. 

Step 2: Cut out traced shape. For the large tree, you will need to trace and cut three of these. 

Step 3: Using a bone folder and ruler score the fold lines (these are marked by dashed lines on the template), then fold accordion style as shown below. Repeat with all three tree pieces. 

Step 4: Glue the inner folds together as shown below. Repeat for all three tree pieces. 

Step 5: Glue end flaps together to join all three tree pieces. Step 6: Enjoy your finished tree.

Do you like the little red star? If so, the template for it is at the bottom right corner of the tree template.


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