Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Card Tree

Although I didn't make Christmas cards this year, I did create a fun way to display them. This wreath, spotted here, was my inspiration.

Here's what I came up with:

To make your own card tree you'll need:
- cardboard, I used a shipping box
- an exacto knife
- masking tape
- a hot glue gun
- clothes pins, the kind with the springs
- green crepe paper
- double sided tape
- Modge Podge
- a small plant container with a 5" diameter across the top

Step 1:
Draw and cut out (using your exacto knife).  Mine were 5" wide at the base and 22" tall.

Step 2: Hot glue the pieces together along the edges then reinforce with masking tape.

Step 3: Tear pieces of crepe paper and decoupage to "tree" with Modge Podge. This will hide the tape and further reinforce the tree.

Step 4: Affix the tree to your plant container  with hot glue. Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the rim of the container and carefully place the tree on the container. Warning, the glue dries fast so you won't have much time to level the tree if needed.

Step 4: Cut 2.5 inch wide strips of crepe paper (I cut mine the length of the paper) and cut fringe (approximately 2 inches deep). Attach strips of fringe to the tree with double sided tape.

Step 5: Use hot glue to affix clothes pins. I used large and small clothes pins (at the top). I embellished the pins by using Modge Podge to seal strips of fabric to the tops of the pins.

Step 6: Adorn your tree with cards. The tree I made holds 20 cards, without doubling up. The taller the tree the more cards it will be able to hold.


spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Looks great, Amanda. I love it! So creative. Merry merry Christmas to you and the gang!

Unknown said...

Perfect - a tree for Christmas cards, rather than basket. I love it! Happy Holidays!


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