decoration, DIY

Black and white Christmas.

December 19, 2013

It actually seems like I have to much time on my hands. I’m constantly doing something and you’ll be surprised how many blogposts will go live this week. It’s just that at the moment I seem to have to much energy. I have this regularly a few times a year and I can’t do enough to cope with it. I do sports, meet with friends, create DIY projects, bake, make and clean. Thousand ideas fly around my head and although my days are filled with hundreds activities, I still burst with energy. I know this can be exhausting for the people around me. However I try all kinds of stuff to keep me sitting still for a few hours minutes. Like origami. This helps (most of the time). I don’t know what it is about paper but it calms me working with it. Since I bought the greatest selection of black and white paper squares from supercraft I felt inspired anyway. So I made some 3D paper christmas trees to hang in the flat.

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Aren’t those trees cute? I always try to decorate with black and white because I love how it looks but always end up using some colour somewhere. I just seem to never be able to stick to such a limited colour range. However this time it worked! All black and white (and a little wood).

paper-christmas-tree-supplies

All you need is:
– paper (I ordered mine here)
– a pencil
– scissors
– glue
– black thread
– an old branch to hang the finished trees (optional)

paper-christmas-tree-template-drawing

Take 3 pieces of paper with the same pattern and fold the paper (stacked onto each other) into half. Then draw half of a Christmas tree on it. Cut it out and it should give you three tree-shaped pieces of paper that look completely the same. Repeat with all the paper.

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Put some glue on the (white) back of the paper and glue them side to side together. Due to the fact that we used 3 shapes and not only 2 it will create a nice 3D-effect.

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paper-christmas-tree-glueBefore glueing the last piece of paper together: Make a knot into the black thread and put it in the middle of the tree. Then glue it all together and you’re done!

paper-christmas-tree-done

I bind them to the branch and hanged them on the ceiling. It brings me so much joy looking at this Christmas themed mobile!

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Did I ever tell you that I live in a roof-top flat? It’s nice, bright and sunny (and especially warm in summer). I love it. What I don’t love (besides having no balcony) is the fact that the roof is pitched. I have literally no window sills to decorate. Which limits me a lot. But i also get creative. I have a lot hanging around.

I had a hard time taking pictures of the mobile. Not only because it gets dark so early (I do use a flash sometimes) but because it looks horrible on pictures. I tried it from (almost) every angle and it just looks sad.

paper-christmas-tree-mobile

Trust me that in reality it looks much nicer and definitely not this “empty”.

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Well anyway, I’m happy with it and that’s all that counts, right?

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Now. Carry on!

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9 Comments

  • Reply moewentaucher December 20, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Doesn’t really look empty in my opinion. It’s a nice idea

    • Reply Sarah December 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

      Thank you. However in real life it does look better. Maybe that’s why I’m not fully happy. You’ll see tonight some better photos of those trees – in a different setting. Much better in my humble opinion.

  • Reply Wolves in London December 20, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Gorgeous! Love it, and am definitely going to try a few myself…

  • Reply grtescp December 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    this is so simple and so pretty, i love it!

  • Reply carolew December 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    I used to make paper ornaments a similar way, but it involved a stamped image. Very cute idea. πŸ™‚

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