When you’re snowed in and the north wind is trying to blow your chimney off what else is there to do but think about the beautiful things that can be made from paper (and other things!)?? It made me think – what winter village is complete without a few trees? Luckily, having already been pointed to the work of Lesley Shepherd (who inspired the three-gabled buildings) I had hers for inspiration, (see: Make Cut Out Paper Christmas Trees for Winter Scenes and Christmas Ornaments). There are lots of free fantastic templates for paper miniatures to be found by her.
You will see that I changed the outlines and tweaked the patterns a little to arrive at the tree below (and a couple of other designs that I’ll try to get round to posting).
Each one is made from three cut outs of the template, folded in half vertically to give a six-sided tree. I got 6 cut outs from an A4 piece of paper so could make two trees per sheet. There were some early casualties – the carrier sheet was not sticky enough and little bits got ‘hooked’ up and pulled. Always disappointing. I won’t make that mistake again.
You can see from the picture below that I added some candles to one version of the tree and changed the pattern in the middle.
I cut them from metallic champagne Conqueror. They are really, really pretty and you will be delighted. You can spin them around with a flick of your finger! You could also use invisible nylon thread to dangle them from a mantlepiece or make a Christmas mobile with them. They’re easy to fold until your get to the tiny star at the end – I use the CR to make perforations but always score the lines anyway for sharp creases – it’s worth doing this to get the star all pointy and sharp. I used a ‘wet’ PVA glue and applied a thin line of it down the edge of the folded crease, lined the tree bits up on top of one another then opened them like the pages of a book, one at a time but fairly quickly to make sure they had all adhered to the ‘spine’ but could still be separated before the glue set. Then stand back and admire – they are surprisingly lovely in real life!
Doodly Christmas Tree GSD (€ 0.5)