DAILY DOSE OF ART

As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Make Your Own Christmas Tree 1: The Stringy Tree

Welcome to a new week here on DDoA! Having seen so much loss and  pain from last week’s feature on earthquakes, the more I realize how important it is for us to be present in the moment, to treasure those we love and to cherish our community celebrations. These are the moments that keep our hearts full of love, our spirits full of hope.
 
I know that many have started to visit my site in search of  Christmas decorating and gifting ideas. Thus, this year I’ve decided to start posting some yuletide projects early. I hope some of these ideas will be  part of your creative Christmas adventure. 
 
This week I bring you “Make Your Own Christmas Tree”. I think that making our own little Christmas tree with family and friends can be a good ritual for bonding and reflection (no need to cut an actual tree). The tree’s colour motif and symbolisms make it an important component of the Christmas season… Green for hope and Red for love. This is what I believe…There is as much hope in the world as there is love in our hearts…


How To Make A Stringy Christmas Tree

Materials:
red felt
green yarn (ribbon/string)
single-hole puncher
ruler
fine marker
scissors
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Cut a triangle from a sheet of felt. 
(my example is cut from 1/4 of an A4 felt sheet; but you can make it as big or as small as you want)
Step 1
2. Cut a triangle out of the middle. 
(leaving at least 1 1/2 cm of the material all around)
Step 2
3. Punch holes around the triangle.
Step 3
*at least 12 holes
4. Cut a 25 cm green yarn and pull through top hole; tie it to make a hanging loop.
Step 4
5. Cut one meter length of green yarn and pull it through the holes like you would to lace your shoe.
Step 5

*as you can see I’ve added 2 more holes 
at the bottom of the triangle.
See pictures below.
Step 5.1
Step 5.2
Step 5.3
6. Finish both strings in the bottom middle hole 
and tie off.
Step 6
Step 6.1
Step 6.2 -check the back
(here’s the back of my tree)
And there you have it—your very own Stringy Christmas Tree.
Hang it early (at home or at work) 
and for as long as you can. 
May it be a reminder for you to choose 
to be joyful, grateful and hopeful everyday!
Make Your Own Christmas Tree #1
“The STRINGY Tree”
on daily-dose-of-art.com
A Little Christmas Tree TRIVIA For You:
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Did you know that the use of evergreen trees, boughs, etc to decorate homes during the winter season did not really start as a Christian tradition? Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Just as people today decorate their homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, ancient peoples hung evergreen boughs over their doors and windows. In many countries it was believed that evergreens would keep away witches, ghosts, evil spirits, and illness.”Read more…

Read more of The History of Christmas trees on history.com
Pope explains Meaning of Christmas Tree on romereports
Read “Why do we have Christmas trees?” on christianhistory

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