DIY Ombre Ruffled Paper Christmas Tree

December 23, 2015

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We are officially less than 48 hours away from Christmas morning and to be honest, I’m so unprepared! Okay, not toootally, but I definitely have a pile of presents still needing to get wrapped and a few last minute gift cards and a bottle of wine to pick up before we go to our first (of several) family Christmas gatherings tomorrow afternoon. I’m going to do my best to try and relax though, because at least I’ve got all the important presents covered, and what’s the point of the holidays if you feel stressed the entire way? For me, all it takes is some comfy pajamas, a good Christmas playlist, and positive attitude. 🙂

But before I head off, I wanted to share a quick little project that would be really cute to dress up your mantle or your Christmas dining table. As you guys might already know from my last Christmas tree DIY, I’m a big fan of unique and alternative holiday decorations. So this ruffled crepe paper Christmas tree is right up my alley in that sense… and it’s PINK! Whoever thought pink wasn’t a Christmas color, think again my friend!

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Another great thing about this cute little ruffled tree is that it only requires a few inexpensive paper materials from the craft store and stuff you already have. Cute, bright and inexpensive are definitely my favorite adjectives when it comes to DIYs.

Learn how to make this tree below!:

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Materials:
2 sheets of plain card stock / ruler / pencil / scissors / tape / glue stick / crepe paper streamers in three shades of pink

Directions:
1. Take one sheet of card stock and fold it in half lengthwise.

2. With the fold on your left, draw a line from the top left to the bottom right of the card stock.

3. Cut along the line. You now have one tree cutout.

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4. Repeat these first three steps one more time so that you end up with two tree cutouts that look like this:

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The next steps will be creating your ruffle pieces by gluing strips of crepe paper to your cutouts.

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5. Starting with your lightest shade and at the bottom of your tree cutout, glue down strips of crepe paper to your tree cutout, making sure that the paper strips cover all of the card stock and hang over the edge a bit. For my trees, I did 5 strips of the lightest shade of pink, 8 strips of the middle shade, and 13 strips of the darkest shade (bottom to top).

6. Let it dry.

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7. After covering one whole side with your crepe ruffles, flip your tree cutout over and trim off the excess paper but leaving about a half an inch overhang.

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You should end up with something like this:

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Do this to both sides of your two tree cutouts. Once everything is dry you can move on to assembling your tree!

8. Lightly fold one tree cutout in half so you can find the center. Cut from the bottom and up the center of the cutout, stopping halfway.

9. Take your other tree cutout and again, lightly fold in half to find the center. This time, cut from the top and down the center of the cutout, stopping halfway.

10. Place your cutout together by sliding your first tree cutout over and onto the second, so that they nest into each other.

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11. Run your hand along all sides of your tree to ruffle up the ruffles and give them volume. And finally, use tape to secure the tree and help it stand up.

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And now you’re done!

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I added a little star to my tree that I cut out of some leftover gold glitter paper from this DIY silver and gold holiday wreath.

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The great thing about this tree is that it’s small enough to fit in with other tabletop or Christmas mantle decor that you have, but it’s also bold and interesting enough to create a statement! I love that it’s a bit feminine and unexpected.

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What do you think of a hot pink tree? Would you make something like this for your Christmas decor?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

xo,
Linda

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