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Cardboard Christmas Tree

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Guys! Who still doesn’t have their tree up? Probably no one at this point. I mean it is, buy cialis medicine after all, help the fifth of December. BUT if you don’t have one yet, diagnosis well, I got a little DIY just for you. It’s all about using scrap pieces of cardboard for me this Christmas. And I thought…what better use for free cardboard then to make it into a tree! Now it’s not your typical ‘Christmas style’ tree, as you can see, but it’s certainly charming and geometric prints are all the rage this season. So you can be cool and have a tree at the same time. I bet you’ve totally bought into making this over the weekend now, hey? Good!

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There are a few important steps in order to make this tree awesome and balanced. Firstly, you need a bunch of cardboard. You will be making four pyramids that will stack on top of each other. The base pyramid is the same dimensions as the middle sized one. So you will be making two of the four, the same size. ** I initially found this tutorial, and have put my own spin on it. The joy of internets!

Supplies:

Cardboard (lots)

Measuring tape

Exacto knife

straight edge (for scoring)

Scissors

Hot glue

Painters tape

Paint

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This is the largest pyramids dimensions. You will be making four pieces of cardboard this shape and size as each pyramid has four sides to it. As you can see I tried to label the places where the measurements matter the most.

The base of each side of this pyramid will be 25 inches across.

As you can see there is a section which measures 8.5 inches. This is the width of the piece which will be folded under to make the bottom of the pyramid. To fold this 8.5 inch piece under, you will use your exacto knife and a straight edge to score all the way across from one side to the other in order for the cardboard to fold easily. Make sure you don’t press too hard as you don’t want to cut through the cardboard.

You can see there is a triangle shape on the photo above. The sides of the triangle measure 29 inches from the top point to each of the bottom points. On one side you will have a straight line and on the other side, as the photo above shows, you will have a flap similar to the bottom flap which you will score as well, and that will be the piece which gets glued to the other sides of the pyramid. My side flap is about 4 inches wide. **this measurement doesn’t matter as much as you are just using it to secure the pieces together.

Basically once the bottom flap and the side flap are gently scored and folded back you should be left with a triangle shape. If this doesn’t make sense so far, keep reading and you will start to see it take shape.

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This is the middle and base pyramids dimensions.Β You will be making 8 pieces of the same shape and size for your mid-sized pyramids, as you will be making a pyramid for your base as well as for the middle of your tree.

The base of this pyramid measures 18 inches across. The width of the bottom flap measures 3.5 inches. The triangle part of it (which will be the size of the pyramid sides, once the flaps are folded under) measures 20.75 inches from the top point to each of the bottom points. And the side flap measures approximately 3 inches wide.

Follow the exact same instructions as your large pyramid.

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This is the smallest pyramid dimensions.Β You will be making four pieces all the same shape and size for the top of your tree.

The base of this pyramid measures 11 inches across. The width of the bottom flap is 2.21 inches. The triangle part of it measures 13 inches from the top point to each of the bottom points. And the side flap measures approximately 2 inches wide.

Follow the exact same instructions as the other pyramids.

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Okay! You’ve done the math work, you’ve cut out all you shapes and you’re left with four pieces for your large pyramid, 8 pieces for your middle and base pyramids and four pieces for your small pyramid. Feels good hey?

Now you’re going to glue them all so that you create four actual pyramids. To do so, you will take one of the four pieces, (of say the large pyramid) and fold the scored pieces back so you are left with your triangle shape. Then take the second piece and fold it’s scored bits back and position them so that the edges of the triangles line up.

Once you’ve lined them up, hot glue the side flap of your first piece, so that it gets glued to the inside of your second piece. Do this again with your third piece, and then again with your fourth piece. You should be left with a pyramid!!!! The base flaps should always be folded under in the same direction as the side flap so that they are hidden and are the supports of your pyramid.

As you can see above, I have one side left to glue on. My base flaps are all folded under and my last side flap is ready to be glued to the inside of my last piece of the four sided pyramid.

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This is what the bottom should end up looking like. Don’t worry too much if it’s not completely squared. Even with real trees, we love a little asymmetry. But an easy way to make sure the base is totally square is to use a square ruler (that’s probs not its name) if you have one kicking around. We don’t, so I just lined up the bottom of my pyramids with the tiled floor we have, and it worked out just fine.

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Once you’ve built all of the pyramids, you now get to do the fun part. You will take your painters tape and start taping different shapes all over each piece. Once you are satisfied with the design, start painting! I chose five colours including the gold detail. But you can do more or less – it’s your tree pals. Do it up!

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Once you’ve painted each shape you’ve created with the tape in place and it’s dried, peel off the tape. You will see there is cardboard strips leftover. You can choose to keep the strips unpainted (which looked pretty cool) or like me, re-tape so that the strips of unpainted cardboard are bordered off and paint it gold. I chose to paint it all gold as it’s for the holidays and a little sparkle is a good thing, don’t ya think? I also painted the base pyramid completely gold.

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Once the gold has dried, peel all the tape away and you should be left with nice, crisp lines and a really cool design! For any areas where the paint may have bled a bit, just re-touch with your colours. *If you are mixing your own colours, remember to mix extra just in case you need to re-touch, as you don’t want to have a different shade mixed into the colour party.

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Last thing to do is: Stack em up! Play around with what side you want to show case. Each of my sides were painted differently, so I may twirl one pyramid around in a couple of days just to add a different design to our living room.

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I am absolutely in love with our little tree! I think it’s festive in a very unique way and certainly makes our apartment feel a little more like home, even though at home I would have a normal Christmas tree. From here on out that may have to change. Maybe each year I will reinvent the tree a little and make something even more colourful. Cardboard certainly can go a long way guys.

What do you all think of this darling tree? Do you think you’d like to make something like this for your home? You could always rearrange the sizes a bit and try to make a smaller version – if you’re good with math, give it a try! Leaving it unpainted would look great or bits of bare cardboard peeking out here and there. You get to choose the design when you make it yourself. The joy of DIY is abundant.

Have a lovely weekend and make a tree – I dare ya!

xo

Cori Anne

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply Brooke December 6, 2014 at 12:49 am

    You are so clever and crafty and also beautiful.

    • Reply Cori Anne December 6, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Oh Brooke, darling! I miss you. Thank you. You’re too kind. Hope all is well!

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