christmas trees.

i have dragged jon to hobby lobby twice in this weekend and i went by myself once. yes, it is an addiction. during one visit i saw these cardboard christmas tree forms, simple pyramid shapes that were a blank slate for decorating creativity. the price tag, however, was six dollars, for cardboard! thus me being libby thought, i can make that.

enter in geometry, some recycled cardboard and paper mache (geometry seems to be a theme of the season).

the larger one is made from the lid to a pizza box (a surprisinlgy clean box no less) and the smaller one is made from a peanut butter captain crunch box. i paper mached them for added stability, even though the pizza box one probably didn't need it. note how both trees are the same aspect ratio...mmmmm engineering.

next i spray painted them white and then covered them. for the larger one i used wired ribbon that i got at big lots and for the smaller i used two different shades of off white paper (yes, i already owned two different shades of off white paper) that i cut with scalloped scissors.

maneuvering the corners was trixy with the paper and the corners are a bit sloppy, but all in all i like the way the turned out. they now live on my mantel and i am debating making an entire forest worth.


more ornaments.

hooray. the size of the smaller ones is much more ornament-esq. the one in the middle has rhinos. christmas rhinos.



i'm getting pretty excited about christmas. and about christmas trees. and about making exciting things for said christmas tree.

this was my first attempt today. i used instructions i found online and found a free .svg floral-esq design that i tessellated in inkscape and printed on some leftover cardstock to make pretty paper.

i used 2.5 inch circles, which resulted in a pretty large ornament. so for my next try i'm going to use probably about an inch and a quarter.

it's a pretty great project. i've decided i like mindless, repetitive tasks. and it even involved a little geometry.