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20 December, 2012

Last Minute Christmas...Easy Vintage Paper Trees

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Vintage Paper TreesNeed some last minute ideas for Christmas? I have been playing with these…tiny trees made from vintage-y scrapbooking paper! Imagine them as ornaments filling a tree, serving as table decorations or place card holders or even added to Christmas presents! Fun! Today I will show you how to create two different styles of tiny Christmas trees…

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Shabby Christmas Centerpiece …in addition to the folded vintage paper trees that starred in my shabby Christmas centerpiece that I showed you earlier! If you would like to see a complete tutorial for making these, click here.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Vintage Paper Trees The first is a tree made of stacked layers of folded paper. I used a French script scrapbooking paper that I found at Archivers. Honestly, it was a little thick and difficult to work with for the smaller layers. I think next time I might use sheet music or print-outs of vintage script. I found a video for all of you visual learners like me that explains how to do it with almost no words! Click here to see it! (And for those of you who are metric system challenged like me, the circles are roughly 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 inches in diameter. I did it the old-fashioned way and used a compass to draw my circles.)  I made one change…I used a bamboo skewer rather than a pencil to stack them, then cut it even with the bottom of the trees. Be sure to make the cut for the pencil (or skewer) very small. You can always make it a little larger if need be.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDCIT Easy Vintage Paper Trees5 Here’s a third tiny vintage tree that is also super easy! For this one, I used some vintage-look sheet music scrapbooking paper also from Archivers. I especially like this paper since it has two sides! Or you could create your own by using rubber cement (it doesn't wrinkle) and gluing two pieces back to back.

Paper Tree Tutorial They are super easy! Here’s what you do…
  1. Cut three identical pieces using a tree pattern. I found mine here.
  2. Using the side of the paper that will show, fold one of the pieces in half toward the front and one in half toward the back, leaving the last one flat.
  3. Stack them up like this…the one folded back on the bottom, next the one that is flat and finally the one that is folded toward the front on top. Staple them in the middle several times along the fold. Adjust the folds and…
  4. Taa daa! That’s it!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDCIT Easy Vintage Paper Trees Aren’t they cute and fun? I printed the pattern in several sizes to create three different sized trees. Just add a little ribbon loop to make ornaments or add a little star to the top with names inscribed and voilà…instant place card holder!

kitty Miss Kitty thinks they would make a fun addition to Christmas packages, too! Wow! She looks like a giant in a tiny vintage forest, doesn't she?

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDCIT Easy Vintage Paper Trees4Here’s another look at them. Aren’t they cute and festive? And they were so inexpensive...just a few dollars for the scrapbooking paper! I’ll be looking for even more kinds of paper to use and more ways to use them! And…they are so super easy that the children can help make them, too! We are down the last few days and I am getting really exited! I can’t wait to see the grandchildren’s faces on Christmas morning…that’s my favorite part!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Christmas trees! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday

Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design for Fall into Fall

The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays

My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Craftberry Bush for Happy Hour on Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special

See you next time! A la prochaine!

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  1. Those are cute and festive! I love Miss Kitty too!

  2. LOVE these, Miss Kitty is just so sweet, clearly she loves Christmas too!! Have a wonderful Christmas, Debbie!

  3. Merry Christmas, Debbie!
    I love your darling arrangement of Christmas trees. My husband is a musician and we have so much sheet music lying around....I wonder if he would miss it if I "borrowed" a few sheets?
    Thanks for sharing.
    Carolynn xxx

  4. They are certainly pretty Debbie, afraid my decs have taken a back seat with moving etc.....but today our log burner is being installed...woohoo! Only problem is its mild, but it will be lit and I will sit with just a thin top on. Merry Christmas from Teresa across the pond. x

  5. Hi Debbie,
    I love all of your quick and easy projects. The little trees are so cute. I'm glad Miss Kitty could help Gabby would eat them!!!


  6. I have to try these Debbie. So cute and quick.

  7. I love these trees and going to make the first ones you showed. I've some music script paper and will place them on my piano in our music room. Thank you and Merry Christmas.
    Patricia x

  8. They are really cute, Debbie! I think I can handle the dimensional one you have given the directions for. Great idea to do different sizes, too.

  9. Love, love, these! I wish I had more time to make them before the big day! Definitely pinning this so I can make them when I do get some time after wrapping all those presents and making all those cookies! Thanks for sharing this with us. Merry Christmas!

  10. Debbie, these may be my favorite so far. I love the various looks. You have a delightful forest of paper trees.
    Happy Holidays to you and your sweet family............Sarah

  11. Love them!! You have been PINNED!!!
    xo Kathysue

  12. PS..... Your trees now reside on my sidebar as my favorite decoration of the week!! xo

  13. What a cute idea these trees are, Debbie! I loved the folded trees, and now I love the 3-dimensional ones, too. Miss Kitty is a glorious cat, obviously enjoying helping you to decorate :)

  14. Very clever. I always love the shots of your kitties. They are so photogenic.

  15. I think these are so cute....I'm pinning these for next Christmas.

  16. love these! I'm pinning them for next year, too!

  17. Just the cutest paper Christmas trees...and of course the kitty.

  18. heavy printer paper would work for the trees. Stamping your own design on them would be pretty and could even have the kids make designs or draw on the paper before turning into trees....that would be cute.

  19. I love all of these!!!!! Pinning them for next year. I think a rustic garland with some of the folded trees on it would be adorable! Merry Christmas!

  20. This is just as cute as can be, Debbie! Loved seeing this.

    I wanted to drop by and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas! I hope it's especially blessed...

    Love you...



  21. What a great idea. I will but this away for next year. Thanks for sharing, Happy New Years, Karie

  22. Very beautiful project. Happy New Year!

  23. tiens, tiens, tiens... bien sûr, les sapins sont très bien : jolis, faciles à faire et tout ça, d'ailleurs, je les ai "épinglés" sur pinterest... (si vous voulez voir, ils sont là : ) soit dit en passant, c'est plein de freebies, d'idées de créations et de choses de ce genre, chez nous... mais ce qui m'intéresse beaucoup, c'est votre staff !... je vais peut-être devoir embaucher, car Réglisse (liquorice, en anglais, vu qu'il est d'un joli noir profond) est pour l'instant mon seul employé et il se plaint souvent d'avoir trop de travail : il est chargé de la pub, des relations publiques et du courrier et il me répète souvent que c'est trop de travail pour un seul chat !... (si vous voulez faire sa connaissance, il est là :églisse/196857733776062?ref=hl ) amitié (et un câlin aux chats !)

  24. I must be the only dummy. I'm trying to make these, and I have white paper showing, no matter how I stack the 3 trees. What am I doing wrong? Maybe better to make them 2-sided, and then they would look good from any direction???? Help!

    1.'s two-sided scrapbooking paper that I found at Archiver's. You could use rubber cement (since it won't wrinkle the paper) and create your own two-sided paper by gluing two sheets back to back. I hope that helps! :-)...hugs...Debbie

  25. I featured your photo in this “Inspired by calculus: Dimensions of holiday craft” collection at

    Thank you!

  26. Hope to make a few of these trees for the music teachers who attend our church. Your Ms. Kitty is very reminiscent of my late Oreo! He would have played air hockey with those trees in a minute. My late Ms. Kitty was a snooty tortoiseshell; my current tortie I named Dutchess, and she ISN'T snooty! She "waved" at ME by scratching on the glass at the PetSmart adoption center for our local shelter. She had to come home with us!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie