Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Trashtastic Tuesday- DIY Rustic Brown Paper Christmas Tree

Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  The past few weeks have been crazy busy with Halloween and cross country conference and state championships ( My son place 32nd at states championship with a time of 17:42).  

I don't have a new project to share, but am hoping to get started on some fun things in the next week or so.  I have things just sitting waiting for my time and attention.  So, for today, I thought I would bring back a Trashtastic Tuesday project that I shared a coupl eof years ago- my rustic brown paper Christmas tree.  The pictures aren't the greatest ( they were taken long before I got my good camera), so I will try to take some better pictures and update the past when I get my Christmas Decor out this year.  For now, hopefully you will be able to look past the less than steallar quality of the pictures, and enjoy the craft!

I was looking for a project to do for Trashtastic Tuesday over Thanksgiving Break, and I just wasn’t feeling inspired.  Probably because I am smack in the middle of painting my stairwell.  That is a lot of work, let me tell you!

So I decided to scour some of my favorite blogs for inspiration, and I came across this adorable book page Christmas tree on Organized Clutter and  I really liked it, so I decided to make one, but put my own spin on it.

Carlene over at Organized Clutter shared a great tutorial for how to make this tree.  No need to rewrite a tutorial when I used hers, and mine turned out great!

I decided to change mine up a bit though by using some leftover brown paper I had from when I installed my Brown Paper Floors downstairs.  I made a couple of really cute book page Christmas trees last year, and plan on putting them out again this year, so I didn’t want to use book pages.

Needed Supplies:

Brown craft paper
Bamboo skewer
Small flower pot
Craft paper- (cut squares in various sizes to use as guide for craft paper squares)
Dry Foam (to stick skewer into in your flower pot)
White paint
Patterned craft or wrapping paper (to make star on top)

Here is a picture of the supplies I used for this project.  I cut out my squares just like he tutorial said.  I used these as a guide for making all of my brown paper squares.  I also used bamboo skewers instead of a wood twig.

One thing I did differently was to crinkle up each square of brown paper before I placed it on the skewer. I just kind of smushed it up, then smoothed it back out.  This was not difficult to make, just time consuming.  I started making it during a break from painting. It was time to let things dry, and my daughter and I watched Grease Movies while I worked on this. Can you believe she had not seen it before?  But I ended up not finishing it in one session.    I would say it took me at least 5 hours or so of cutting the brown paper into squares and then ripping each edge so that it would look rustic.  I did cut my squares first, it was just easier for me that way.

I decided to paint the pot white using some paint I already had.  I only used one coat, and I wiped it a little with a paper towel afterwards.   So after that I needed something to top the tree, at least temporarily.  So I decided to print out a star template and use some chevron wrapping paper I have to make a star to stick on the top.  I also took a red Sharpie marker to make a a little red stripe going right under the rim. 

What do you think of my rustic brown paper Christmas tree?  I think it is totally trashtastic!  So far I have used it for two Christmas seasons.  I just wrap it loosely in tissue paper before packing it away. I am hoping it still is in good enough shape to sit out again for at least one more year when I starte decorating for Christmas this year.  

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