Grab your left-over scrapbook paper card stock to create a bright and cheerful holiday tree. Designed by Tiffany Windsor from mismatched scrapbook paper strips, these trees shine with a glossy coat of red spray paint. Layer glass plates and glassware to feature this collection on your holiday tables. Click here to watch Tiffany’s YouTube video tutorial on this project!
Scrapbook paper – card stock weight
Paper cutter (or scissors)
Paper mache cones – sizes of your choice
Spray paint – gloss red (or color of your choice)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Aleene’s Tacky Dots
Tree topper – ribbon, gold star or other embellishment
1. Cut paper into 1″ wide strips. The length of the strips will depend on the size of loops you want for your tree. I used 1″ x 6″ and 1″ x 4″ for my trees.
2. To help shape your strips into loops, run each strip between your thumb and forefinger to bend the paper.
3. Add 2 Tacky Dots to one end of the printed side of each loop. Add several dabs of Tacky Glue around the dots. Using both the glues will allow the Dots to hold instantly and the Tacky glue to hold permanently. I like to use this technique because of the thickness of the card stock — it tends to want to pull away. Let the wet glue dry completely.
4. Add 1 – 2 Tacky Dots on the top back of each loop and apply a line of Tacky Glue around the dots. Let set for about 10 minutes until the Tacky Glue starts to get real tacky.
5. Place your cone on your worksurface. Starting with the bottom row of loops, press each loop in place on the cone. The looped end should just touch the surface of the table. Give each loop a good press onto the cone.
6. Add your next row of loops about 1″ above the prior row until you reach the top of the cone. The smallest loops are then glued to the very top of the cone. Let dry completely.
7. Set up a spray area outside to spray your tree(s). It will take several coats to cover the paper loops and be sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Be sure to let the paint dry between each coat.
8. Add a bow, star or other decorative embellishment to the top of your trees.