I ran into my sister in law last week and was at a loss for what to get my cutie patootie nieces. She assured me they're getting all they want from Santa this year and to try my hands at a homemade tree... using none other than magazines. HELLO! I have tons of them stacked up in various places of my house (which I have to vow for the New Year to finally organize and clean up!)
What better way to give a child a little tree of their own, one that doesn't need water or decorating. I thought this was a perfect idea. I tried my hand at these this morning and it took little time and effort to put together. I LOVE the final product and I think my nieces will too.
Here's the super last minute innovative (if I do say so myself) gift.
Magazine - you can also use Reader's Digest size if you wish, I used 'Real Simple' and a standard one
A tree topper - optional ... I used two pieces of pipe cleaners and twirled them together and shaped them up into an abstract star
Follow the pics for instructions and enjoy putting this together!
|Here's your magazine (I had already started folding, but I'll show you how to get here)|
|Fold the first page of the magazine down like this (don't do the cover yet)|
|Then fold it again in half (vertically, that is)|
|Fold up the bottom to make it even with the rest of the pages|
|Turn over and begin with the next page, keep doing this with all the pages|
|Once again, fold|
|Fold the same page again|
|And once more, fold the bottom up|
|Keep doing over and over; your last folds will be the back page and the cover of the magazine|
|Top with whatever topper you want|
|And the final product is festive and 'bright'|
|Merry Christmas to you...|
|.. and to all..|
|A good night! Enjoy!!|