December is here.
I was asked to do a mini workshop for one of our local churches who have a craft event each Christmas, so I racked my brain for an idea which can be achieved in less than 20 minutes. It also needed to be low cost and portable! This is what I came up with. These decorations are made from one sheet of computer printing/copier paper, a bit of thread and a bead or a button. They are simple to make, strangely addictive, and I think, very effective.
How you do it -
(Sorry, I haven't prettied up these tute pics on Gimp, this is my old cutting mat in all it's shabby glory.)
Cut a template from cardboard and draw around it, 4 pieces should do it if using computer paper, if it's thinner paper you'll need more. Cut out your 4 shapes all together (using a clip prevents the layers slipping, which is always a problem for me as I'm so impatient).
Fold your 'pack' of shapes in half exactly down the middle.
Thread a needle with 2 strands of embroidery thread. Add a bead or button to the end and knot firmly to secure (some glue may help if it's got a big hole!)
Then make a stitch about .5 cm from the bottom of the tree. Come in from the back, pull out at the front and then go in at the back again to secure the thread. Pull up the thread gently and leave a tail, so your bead will dangle attractively!
Create a loop at the top by returning through your final hole, and pulling out the thread.
Finish off by going through the hole twice more, once on either side, and fasten off your thread.
Fold the sides together to fan them out.
Hang your decoration and enjoy!
You can use wrapping or brown paper, anything that's not too thick. I imagine great fun making them with little ones - they may just need a bit of help with the stitching. It might be easier to cut out larger shapes, punch holes and thread with wool or ribbon, then stick on glitter, beads, tiny buttons, whatever you fancy.
If the pennies are pinching they look great made in newsprint.......