We’re well into the holiday season, and I’m decorating the house for Christmas this week! I like to make my decor each year, but sometimes I don’t have the time to create the projects I have in mind, especially with all the shopping and baking to be done. Does all the hustle and bustle cut into your crafting time, too?
Today’s project is a cute door decoration that you can whip up in a jiffy and decorate to match your color scheme. Even if you are super busy, you can do this in as little as an hour.
To start, get two pieces of 12 x 12-inch cardstock and score them all the way across at 1/2-inch intervals.
Then, use a paper trimmer to cut along every fourth line.
Once you have all your strips cut, trim the ends, so you have pieces in increasing lengths: 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, and so on up to 12 inches. You’ll have some leftover paper just in case you mess up and need to make an extra or two. We’re going to fold each of these pieces lengthwise into a triangle tube.
To do this, add a piece of double-sided tape across the full length of the strip and fold the cardstock into a triangle-shape, overlapping the ends and sealing with the tape.
Repeat this with all the pieces, except for the 12-inch long one. Fold that one into itself to create a sturdy flat strip. We’ll use that for the trunk of the tree.
Break out some 1/2-inch adhesive dots and starting at the top of the flat 12-inch strip, stick an adhesive dot on every other 1/2 inch (eleven of them, one for each tube). I used the grid on my craft mat to help align and space them. Excuse the mess; it’s very well loved! Adhere the triangle tubes, starting with the smallest at the top and ending with the 11-inch piece near the bottom.
Thread a piece of twine through the little tube at the top to make a hanger, then tie two bows with your favorite ribbon, one larger and one smaller. Adhere the large bow with another adhesive dot in between the first and second tube. Tuck in the loose ends with a pair of tweezers to make loops, then do the same with the smaller bow as well.
Next, die-cut five to six pine sprigs and layer them over the center of the large bow with an adhesive dot. Use one more dot to attach the smaller bow on top.
To finish, add some adhesive gems to the sprigs, or decorate however you’d like. I went with a simple kraft color paper since my decor this year is rustic with some buffalo plaid thrown in for good measure. You could always use a green cardstock, add a tiny garland, die cut Christmas lights, or even adhere a word (JOY!) spelled out down the center.
Thanks for stopping in today!
Supplies: Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Paper Inc.; Pine Needle Trio wafer dies (#S481) from Simon Says Stamp!; Scor-Tape from Scor-Pal Products.