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18/12/2016

Paperback Novel Trees and counting chrimbly numbers 18

In a small ex-industrial linear village, lined with stone terraces and squashed cottages, a little home pressed up against a shop opposite a local supermarket has the delightful view of a soulless tarred car-park. Quietly it has a very small and almost indiscernible house number at pavement level.

Paperback Novel Trees

You will need ...
Pages from a thrown away novel
Ruler
Hole punch
Wooden skewers
Small block or wood or wooden buttons
Drill (may not require)
Stars - sticky, button, hand drawn
Scissors
Extras - small vase or pots, ethically gathered moss 

1. Fold your page in half - but only pinch the top crease, try not to bend the remaining paper
2. Draw from the central top fold down to create a triangle. Some trees I made were very narrow tall triangles, others fatter and wider
3.Cut out the triangle, keep the off-cuts - they may be a good shape to make tall thin trees
4. Fold the triangle in a concertina pattern, starting from the base. Narrow folds give a nice zig-zag tree but see what you think

5. Punch a hole in the middle of your folds - you may have to do in several stages if you have a small hole punch
6. Thread your wooden skewer through the holes
7.  If you find the peak tends to tip over, which I did, you can lightly pierce the top triangle with the skewer point which works well to keep the tree upright
8.  Before you attach your tree to it's base, this is a good time to add your star to the top. I used a star shaped button and tied it to the top of the skewer. Equally a star sticker would work just as well
9. Insert your skewer tree trunks into the pre-drilled block of wood or in wooden buttons (I was lucky enough to be gifted some ages ago and never had a use for them - until now!) 
Ta-Da!

In my enthusiasm for making my Paperback Novel Trees, I ran out of bases, so I filled a little jar with moss and 'planted' three more trees :) 

If you have been inspired by my tutorial, 
please could you be so kind to link back to my blog
I would love to see your little trees :)

Linking with Julie's Advent

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6 comments:

  1. Oh they are great. You have really inspired me, and I hope you won't mind me borrowing some of these lovely ideas for my grandchildren's advent box next year.......?

    Julie xxx

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  2. Lovely Hawthorn & you could use all sorts of scraps of paper, I think. Take care.

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  3. I see I shall have to put housework to one side, again; what a pity! I don't have any old paperbacks to hand but I do have some sheet music some where.... Thanks again. Only 6 more days of your crafty ideas to come, I think.

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  4. They are so cute!!! I find it HARD to take pages out of a book though! I bought one from the charity shop for that purpose and could only tear out the pages from the back with blurbs of other stories!

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  5. These pretty folded Christmas trees reminded me of when we used to use old telephone directories and fold them into Christmas trees. xx

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