We’re away for The Holidays.
Seeing family is great and we’re in a place where the chilliness actually matches the stereotype for December weather.
But, we are in a hotel. And, this meant that the room seemed a little sterile (well, in an aesthetic way, of course.) A blue light might demonstrate otherwise, I know. This is something I try to avoid remembering. :)
The kids and I decided to do something about the lack of Christmassy-ness.
We took a quick trip to the Dollar Store where we spent hardly any money at all on cute stockings for each of us, tissue paper, wrapping paper, and ribbon. I had considered spending the 12 dollars it would have cost for the emaciated, plastic, poorly made tree at a local Hobby Shop, but decided that for about 6 bucks, we could make our own unique tree together.
So, we did.
(Ugly-Awkward Photo Watermark Disclaimer: Please forgive the awkward watermarks across each of the images below. Our hotel stay has also presented several technological challenges, and in this case, those pertain to our registered watermarking software. After lengthy and repeated attempts to get the watermarks to show properly, I finally decided to just run this post, because it would be good to get it out BEFORE Christmas.)
We made a Tissue Paper Christmas Tree!
I thought a little while about how to do it with tissue paper and a wrapping paper roll. And, I finally settled on trying to do it the same way that we used to make tissue paper flowers out of Kleenex as a kid in Korea.
The tutorial you can find Here by Chatelaine.com can walk you through the most simple method of making tissue paper flowers that can be used for gift-wrapping, bouquets or decor.
(If you are looking for a tutorial on how to make fancy tissue paper flowers using pipe cleaners, check out The Outlaw Mom’s Tutorial Here!)
To Make This Tissue Paper Tree, You Need:
- 1 Wrapping Paper Cardboard Tube
- 50 Sheets of Green Tissue Paper (recommend Dollar Store/Dollar Tree for this)
- Ribbon or Rubber Bands
- 5-10 Sheets of Tissue Paper for “ornaments”
- A Drinking Glass
- A Few sheets of tissue paper (to stuff around tube in drinking glass to stabilize tree)
Total Time To Complete:
Enough Time to Watch Arthur Christmas And Jim Carrey’s The Grinch…..
I started with 50 sheets of Green tissue paper, which cost $5 from The Dollar Tree.
I cut the sheets into four equal squares to form 200 squares.
Each “leaf cluster” consisted of 6 green squares folded into a fan shape (see tutorial link above).
Instead of securing the fan in the center as the tutorial shows to make a flower, only secure one end of the fan. This gives the leaf cluster volume and length.
I used ribbon to secure the ends, but you can use rubber bands as well.
Make enough of the tissue leaf clusters to go around the tube completely. It took 4 to 5 tissue clusters per layer for this project.
Secure the tissue clusters to the tube using tape reinforced by tied-off ribbon or rubber band.
The wrapping paper tube is planted in a drinking glass and stays in place because paper has been stuffed around the tube to stabilize it in the glass.
Do the same for each layer.
As you get closer to the top, secure the edge of each tissue paper fan closer to the middle in order to shorten the length of each leaf cluster.
Simply moving the rubber band or ribbon tie-off closer to center is much faster than measuring and cutting differently sized squares of tissue paper to work with!
Once you complete the tree, create your ornaments using the colored/patterned tissue paper to make flowers you can tape or glue into the tree’s fluffed layers.
Our daughter is five and half and was able to help make her own mini-tree using a paper towel roll!
She and her little brother enjoyed decorating the little tree they helped make.
Once we finished the tree, hung the stockings and wrapped the presents, there was still one order of business to take care of….This is our door for all the transient passers-by on the second floor….
I’m not sure what our hotel mates think as they pass our door, but I like to imagine that they think that we are SUPER Cool And Merry!
In the end, I think that our little tree came out alright- The kids got a kick out of helping to craft it, and you CANNOT beat the price!
We are ready for Santa, Baby!
ARE YOU TRAVELING OVER THESE HOLIDAYS?
DID YOU DECK THE HALLS? HOW?
Oh, Again…Sorry about those watermarks….Humbug.