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Make Simple Danish Paper Trees
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 20:22
Adding to my collection of Danish cut paper trees!
Since most of the designs I am using are the published work of Gunvor Ask and Harriet Ask, and I want to entice you into making 3-D paper trees, I have created a very easy pattern that anyone can make in just a few minutes!
A whole forest of these simple trees in several sizes would be a very pretty background for a winter village scene or nativity.
If you can find a copy of Med Saks og Papir, grab it up right away! It is written in Danish, but it is so well illustrated and full of patterns.
Or make a forest of these!!
1. Begin by laying out your pattern with ruler and pencil. You will need to draw and cut at least four.
For the tree pictured, I have folded in half a piece of 9 1/2" x 11" standard printer paper. However, you can make your trees 8" tall or 3" tall! Simply adapt the lines to fit your paper.
Line #1 should begin at the top edge of the paper about 3/8" (5mm) from the fold and end about 5/8" (1 cm) above the bottom edge.
Draw a "tree base" as shown (#3).
Draw a faint guide line (#2).
2. Cut out your tree shape following lines #1 and #3.
3. Cut very thin strips from the edge (#1) to the guideline (#2), beginning at the very tip of the bottom edge of the paper and working your way to the top. Although your strips can be any width you like up to about 1/4", mine average 3/16" (2mm).
4. Once all four "trees" have been cut, carefully place them one on top of the other making certain that the center creases of all four trees line up.
5. Knot your thread and, beginning at the bottom of the fold, stitch right along the crease line using a running stitch. I like to back stitch every once and a while but it is not necessary. Finish off with three or four tack stitches to secure the thread. (I usually "retrace" my stitches back toward the bottom about 6 stitches and then secure with the tack. There is very little paper at the top!
6. Open your tree and admire your work!
I like to turn the tree upside down and run my hand lightly through the branches to "fluff" the branches.
7. To add a bit of snowy sparkle, take your tree outside for a minute and lightly spray it with spray adhesive - just a little dusting! Bring it inside and stand it on a bit of wax paper and sprinkle liberally with fine glitter.
Look closely - you can see bits of it here and there. My trees sparkle like everything and the sparkles change as I move through the room, but sadly - I am not good at capturing sparkles with my camera. So - trust me on this! Very pretty!
If you are feeling adventurous, make designs of your own! I made this one last year and even as simple and "un-Danish" as it might be, it actually makes a pretty little tree!!
And …. if you are not into villages or nativities, make some as ornaments for your tree! Or create a garland! Or a table centerpiece!