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Recycled Cardboard Version of a Wheat Straw Tree Ornament.
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 00:57
I love playing with wheat straw! I love the look of almost anything made with wheat straw! However, it is not readily available to everyone - not something most crafters keep in their stash. I really, really wanted to share my little wheat tree ornaments but not one alternative material worked until I asked myself the question "What would Michele use?"
I cut up a cereal box, glued printed sides together using Mod Podge, and when dry, cut it up into 1/8" wide strips! OMG - perfect!
Truth be told, I wasn't too sure I would like this material in this application - but it turns out - I love it!!
Then I decided to try coating one "test" tree with glitter and - beautiful! I can not get my glittery tree to sparkle in my images but take my word for it - this little beauty sparkles like everything!!
Basking in the glow of success - I decided to try using card weight scrapbook paper! Just to see if it would work! And it does work! Beautifully! I am loving this tree too! Especially how it looks like it has been decorated!
Thank you Michele! Without your lead, I would have been stuck at wheat straw forever!!!
So! Here is how to make them! With wheat, paper or cardboard! (BTW I tried chenille, but did not like the bits of sharp wires at the end of each branch. I don't recommend it - especially for kids.)
I made the tutorial while playing with wheat - but it works just as well with cardboard or paper!
The trees average between 4" and 6" tall.
1. Begin by cutting about 16 strips 1/8"wide and 2" to 6" long from cardboard or paper; and 2 strips 1/4" wide and 6" long. Precise cutting is important to the overall appearance of the tree so I recommend using a cutting board or rotary cutter.
Wonkiness works with straw - not so much with paper or cardboard!
2. Secure a piece of masking or painter's tape on your work surface, sticky side up as shown.
Two pieces of tape may work better for you!
3. Now place your paper or cardboard strips as shown. Wheat is always going to be a bit uneven, but paper and cardboard allow you to space things perfectly!!
4.Using hot glue, attach one of the 1/4" wide strips right on the center line. The tape will show through the openings between the strips and acts as a great guide.
Don't get too heavy handed with the hot glue - you just need enough to hold the strips in place.
5.Once the glue is dry, turn the tree over and carefully remove the tape.
6. Place a bead of glue using the "trunk" as your guide!
7. Place the other 1/4" wide strip right on top of the glue and maneuver it so that the edges of both "trunk" strips match up. Let dry.
8.Using a straight edge and pencil, lightly mark your tree shape.
9. Cut along the pencil lines.
10. Then trim the top and bottom of the "trunk".
11. Slip a bit of string or floss between the first and second "branches", wind around the "trunk" a couple times, tie a knot at the back, and then create a hanging loop by knotting the ends.