DAILY DOSE OF ART

As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Make Your Own Christmas Tree 3: The Woven Tree

Welcome to Day 3 of “Make Your Own Christmas Tree”!  Today we will make a Christmas tree using good ole kraft paper and some basic weaving techniques.
 
How to Make a Woven Paper Christmas Tree
 
Materials:
  • kraft paper
  • red and green craft /scrapbooking paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • double adhesive tape
  • gold star
  • red ribbon (yarn/string)
  • white craft glue
INSTRUCTIONS:
 
1. Cut a triangle shape out of Kraft Paper ( I cut mine out of 1/4 of A4 size kraft paper; but you can make it as big or as small as you want.). Cut an identical triangle from a cardboard, this will serve as a backing for the tree. Put the backing aside.
 
2. Draw and cut horizontal lines on triangle.
 
3. Cut fine strips of red and green paper (mine were 1/2 cm thick)
Steps 1 to 3
4. Weave in the paper strips alternating between red and green.(See pictures below)
Step 4- photo 1
Step 4- photo 2
 (as you can see the triangle cannot really accommodate so many strips…so just do your best to squeeze in as many)
 
5. When you’re done weaving, you will have excess material at the top and bottom. Cut the top ones that extend outside the triangle. Keep the bottom ones.
Step 5- photo 1
‘before cutting excess length on top’
Step 5- photo 2
‘after cutting excess length on top’
6. Put double adhesive tape around back to secure loose strips and also to adhere cardboard backing.
Step 6
7.  Glue on gold star on top of triangle. 
Step 7
8. Cut a 20 cm red ribbon to serve as a hanging loop, glue to back of triangle. (See picture below)
Step 8
*Allow glue to dry completely before flipping over to see your finished woven tree. Here’s the finished look below.
“The Finished Look”
And there you have it—your very own Woven Paper Christmas Tree.
Make Your Own Christmas Tree #3
“The WOVEN Tree”
on daily-dose-of-art.com
A Little Christmas Tree TRIVIA for you:
 
Image Source

Do you know which country is credited for starting the Christmas tree tradition?

“Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce. It is a widely held belief that Martin Luther, the 16th-century Protestant reformer, first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, composing a sermon, he was awed by the brilliance of stars twinkling amidst evergreens. To recapture the scene for his family, he erected a tree in the main room and wired its branches with lighted candles.” Read more…
Learn about THE CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE on christmasarchives

…And it was a German prince that started the trend in the UK & East Coast USA?

“In 1846, the popular royals, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. Unlike the previous royal family, Victoria was very popular with her subjects, and what was done at court immediately became fashionable—not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The Christmas tree had arrived.” Read more…

Read this article: “Queen Victoria’s Christmas – A ‘chandelier Christmas tree’ and family gifts go on display for the first time” on royal collection.org

 

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