DAILY DOSE OF ART

As prescribed by Paulina Constancia

Make Your Own Christmas Tree 4: The Mosaic Tree

Welcome to Day 4 of “Make Your Own Christmas Tree”! Today we will make a paper mosaic using a very basic mosaic tile pattern.
 
How to Make a Paper Mosaic Christmas Tree
 
Materials:
  • White card stock paper
  • green, red, magenta and mint green craft or scrapbooking paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • square-shape puncher
  • paper glue stick
  • white craft glue
  • golden star
  • red ribbon (yarn/string)
  • mosaic tile pattern
INSTRUCTIONS:
 
1. Draw tree shape on white cardboard.(My example is for a 20 cm tree – that’s including the 5 cm trunk. However, you can make your tree as big or as small as you want). Divide triangle into squares (big enough to accommodate your punched squares, & still have some space between tiles).
 
2. Guided by the mosaic tile pattern I have provided below, number all your squares.
Steps 1 & 2
Simple Mosaic Tile Pattern

Here’s a simple mosaic tile pattern that I have conveniently coded for you. For our mosaic tree project, please be guided by the following corresponding colours: 1- Green, 2- Red, 3- Magenta, 4- Mint Green
3. Using a square puncher, prepare the 4 different colours of paper mosaic tiles.
Example of a Square Puncher
Step 3 
4. Using the paper glue stick, adhere the paper tiles one number at a time. (Remember to leave a tiny bit of room between tiles as we need to expose that white paper to look like faux-grout, see pictures below)
all #1’s first
 
then all #2’s
 
 then all #3’s
 then all 4’s
Don’t worry about tiles extending beyond your squares…it will all look nice once you cut it.
 
5. Try to draw your triangle again using the few exposed lines as a guide.
Step 5
6. Cut the tree, leaving out some material at the bottom for the trunk.
Step 6
7. Glue a 20 cm red ribbon to the back to serve as hanging loop. 
8. Glue a gold star on top of tree. Allow glue to dry completely before lifting.
Step 7 & 8
And there you have it—your very own Paper Mosaic Christmas Tree.
Make Your Own Christmas Tree #4
“The MOSAIC Tree”
on daily-dose-of-art.com
A Little Christmas Tree TRIVIA For You:
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Did you know that the Christmas tree was traditionally decorated with edibles? “The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles, which with electrification could also be replaced by Christmas lights.” Read more… 

…tree decorations included cookies & popcorn??? “The early 20th century saw Americans decorating their trees mainly with homemade ornaments, while the German-American sect continued to use apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies. Popcorn joined in after being dyed bright colors and interlaced with berries and nuts. Electricity brought about Christmas lights, making it possible for Christmas trees to glow for days on end. With this, Christmas trees began to appear in town squares across the country and having a Christmas tree in the home became an American tradition.” Read more…
Interesting read: “A Social History of Christmas Ornaments” from the ornamentshop
Check out the spectacle of lights and ornaments of Christmas trees around the world on Huffington Post

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