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Making Recycled Paper Mini Trees

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Use leftover, wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, or other decorative paper to make cute mini tree decorations for the holidays. This is a page about making recycled paper mini trees.


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December 21, 2011

Make your own Christmas tree, using paper and recycling used gift-wraps too!

Approximate Time: more than an hour




I love recycling, so coloring plain papers using crayons (or whatever medium's available), if such colored papers are not available, is definitely recommended :)

  1. Roll the stiff paper into the shape of a cone and glue its edges. Then cut off its base so it can stand.
  2. Cut rectangular strips of paper in different shades of green and shred the edges, as shown.
  3. Attach the strips around the cone, from base up.
  4. Using your palm, curl the shreds in upward direction after attaching each layer.
  5. Paste scraps of different colored shiny gift-wraps on pieces of stiff paper.
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  7. Then cut them in different shapes, stars, bells, balls, whatever you wanna hang on your tree.
    This is the process that took really long for me, but the results were definitely worth it :)
  8. Finally, decorate your tree gluing the cut-outs.'s done!

By Gunja from West Bengal, India

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These cute trees can be made from old sheet music, scrapbook papers or even good quality magazine pages.

Approximate Time: 1/2 - 1 hour




  1. Insert one wire end into a small wood block. Apply some glue and let dry.

  2. Cut about 10 strips of paper, 8 inches by 1/3 inch. Cut 8 more strips 6 by 1/3 inch, then 6 strips, 4 inches by 1/3 inch and last about 6 strips - 2 inches by 1/3 inch.

  3. Use a needle to punch holes on each end of the strips about 1/5 inch from the ends and also a hole right at the center point of each strip.

  4. Starting with the longest strip thread the wire through the center hole then each of the end holes, once you are done with the longest one, slip a coordinating bead on, then follow with the next longest strip. Continue with each size strip dividing them with a bead.

  5. Once at the top you could add a star or flower bead, once done curl the top of the wire to keep it all on. These little trees can stand or with a cord through the top curl, be used as an ornament.

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  7. Decorate your trees with glitter and/or paint to suit your fancy.

You could also make these trees different sizes by changing the size of your strips and length of wire; experiment and have fun!

By NoRulesArt from Sunny Florida

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