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A DIY tutorial just in time for the holidays!
I’ve always wanted to have my own Christmas tree, but our apartment is small and we didn’t really have room for a large tree, even a plastic one. So I decided to make my own! I saw lots of really cool DIY tree ideas, but none of them appealed to me. Eventually I came up with my own idea and executed it pretty well. I tried to take photos throughout the whole process of making it but I kind of forgot to after the first few steps… oops! It’s really easy to get lost in crafting you know! Anyway, here’s a semi-tutorial for my DIY Christmas tree. If there’s anything that’s unclear, leave a comment and let me know!
Project: cardboard Christmas tree
Difficulty level: medium
Step 1: Gather your materials. This project actually doesn’t require that much stuff. All you need is:
- cardboard (I used up about 2 medium-sized boxes)
- a small piece of sturdy cardstock or thin cardboard
- paint (I used green, white, and brown)
- paint brush
- containers for mixing paint
- hot glue gun
Also you should cover your work surface in case you make a mess!
Step 2: Make a small cone shape from the cardstock or thin cardboard. This is going to be the very tip of your tree and serve as the starting point of making the tree. Mine had about a diameter of 3 inches at the bottom.
Step 3: Cut the cardboard into tall trapezoid shapes. Make sure the “grain” of the cardboard goes vertically along the trapezoid shape. These will act as the “shingles” that make up the tree. The size will depend on how big your cone is and how you want your tree to look.
I wanted the shingles to have a more rounded look, so I cut out the bottom 2 corners. You can do this or keep it at a trapezoid, or even make it completely round at the bottom. It’s up to you!
Step 5: Bend the shingles so that they’re a bit rounded, making it easier to form a circular shape when glueing later (this is why it’s important to cut along the grain). Paint the cardboard shingles. I painted them in three different shades of green so that there is more dimensionality to my tree. Let the paint dry (I used acrylic paint and it dries pretty fast, maybe in like 5 minutes?).
Step 6: With the hot glue gun, glue 1 layer of shingles to the inside (or outside, I guess) of your cone. I overlapped each one a little bit.
Step 7: Keep cutting, painting, and gluing. Glue the next layer of shingles to the inside of the previous one. Each successive layer of shingles will have more and more pieces. I wasn’t sure how many I needed, so I kind of just made more as I went along.
Step 8: Keep adding more layers. I also ended up adding another layer to the very top to cover up the original cone. You might want to make the shingles larger as you get closer to the bottom of the tree. I ended up making three different sizes: the top 4 layers had the smallest size, the next 3 medium, and the last 2 largest.
Step 9: You can stop at anytime you feel that your tree is the size you want. I originally want to make mine bigger but I got tired of making it. I added some finishing touches by painting a stripe of white at the bottom of every shingle, to mimic snow.
And that’s it! You’re finished making your own DIY Christmas tree! The great thing about this project is that it’s easily scalable and customizable. You can make it as big or as small as you want, use any colors, and decorate it in any way. I think I might just string some mini lights on mine!
What do you guys think? Will you try to make a DIY Christmas tree this season? What other holiday crafts will you be doing?
So it’s Easter this weekend, and I’d almost forgotten about it until my parents asked me if I get any days off. Of course, being Columbia, the answer was no (I’m taking Friday off anyways – visiting Philadelphia for the first time! But that’s a later post). Anyways, I thought I’d share a few of the cute Easter egg craft ideas I found today. They are all so ingenious!
1. Embroidered eggs from Design*Sponge:
Who knew you could sew on egg shells?! You do need some special tools for this, but I think this is just one of the coolest things ever!
2. Elegant Eggs from Martha Stewart:
Easter eggs with an oriental twist. I love pretty Japanese origami papers and this is a really way to use them. I also love the nest made from shredded origami paper!
3. Natural egg coloring from Shiranui on DeviantART:
All organic – all you need are eggs, onion skins, and herbs! And you get edible eggs in the end. Nice!
4. Papier-mache Easter eggs from Not Martha:
No need to sacrifice actual eggs! And you can fill them up with goodies. So cute! (P.S.: Not Martha has some of the most amazing craft ideas I’ve ever seen! Definitely worth checking out!)
Happy (early) Easter!!
This Valentine’s Day, there was:
A delicious dinner for two made by Yufei
Beautiful roses for me
A pair of hand painted canvas sneaker for Yufei
And a wooden heart shaped jewelery box filled with too cute to eat chocolates for me!
Here is the long promised tutorial for the giant lollipop wand I used as a prop for my California Gurls inspired Halloween costume!
Project: lollipop wand
Difficulty level: medium
Step 1: Gather your supplies! You will need: cardboard, scissors, craft glue, tape, ribbons, a dowel/chopstick/plastic straw, white poster board or other sturdy paper, markers and other decorative materials.
Step 2: Wrap your dowel/chopstick/plastic straw (I used a sturdy straw here) in a ribbon of your choice. Tape or glue the ends. This will be the stick part of the lollipop.
Step 3: Cut out 4 circles of the same size from the cardboard, the size depends on how big you want the lollipop to be. Make sure that the thickness of 2 pieces of cardboard is equal to the diameter of the stick you made in Step 2. If not, adjust the number of cardboard circles accordingly.
Step 4: Take 2 of the cardboard circles, cut a small rectangular opening on their side just big enough to fit the stick.
Step 5: Glue all 4 circles together, with the 2 circles with the opening matched up and in the middle, and the 2 intact circles on either side. This will create a disk that will be the candy part of the lollipop with a hole on the side in which you can later put the stick.
Step 6: Take the white poster board and cut a strip that is the length of the circumference of cardboard disk, and the width 3 times as thick as the disk. Fold the strip lengthwise into 3, so that the middle section is as thick as the disk. Cut every 1 cm or so all the way along the 2 sections on the sides of the strip.
Step 7: Start wrapping the strip along the edges of the cardboard disk. The middle section of the strip should line up with the edge of the disk, and the sides of the strip should allow the strip to bend along the curve of the disk.
Step 8: Tape down the sides of the strip to the disk as you continue to wrap it, until the entire edge of the disk is covered, except for the opening.
Step 9: Cut 2 circles of the same size as your disk from the white poster board. Decorate them however you like your lollipop to look.
Step 10: Assemble your lollipop wand! Glue the 2 circles to the cardboard disk, insert the stick into the opening on the side of the disk and glue in place, and add a bow with ribbons. And you’re done!
Christmas is coming up so very soon! It’s easy to forget about the rest of the world when you’re stuck in your dorm studying for finals, but the holiday spirit has still made its way to me. So, just in time for the holidays, a super simple DIY tutorial on how you can wrap your presents in style. Don’t get me wrong, I love pretty wrapping paper as much as the next (probably more, actually), but sometimes it’s good to get a little creative when it comes to dressing up your gifts. So here we go!
Project: holiday wrapping paper + bow
Difficulty level: easy
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need: colored paper that’s big enough for the present you’re wrapping, a white-out pen, tape, white printer paper, scissors, glue or double sided tape.
Step 2: Wrap your present in the colored paper. I used tissue paper in a festive red color, which works perfectly fine. You can also use brown paper from grocery bags, or any other colored paper you have lying around.
Step 3: Decorate the wrapped gift with your white-out pen. I decided to do simple polka dots, but you can do snowflakes or other Christmas-y designs.
Step 4: Time to make the bow. Depending on the size of the bow you want to make, cut out 9 strips of paper from plain white paper like below. The width is about 1 cm (1/3″), the lengths for my bow were about 8.5″, 7″, 5″, and 2″, and the finished bow was around 4″ in diameter.
Step 5: Starting with the longest strips, tape each strip into a loop and pinch it in the center, and tape. It should look kind of like a figure 8. Make the smallest strip into a circle only.
Step 6: Put the 3 figure 8′s from the longest strips together into a snowflake shape and glue together or tape together with double sided tape. Do the same for the second biggest figure 8′s.
Step 7: Assemble the bow! Stager the 2 snowflake shapes and glue or tape together. Stagger the rest of the figure 8′s and loops on top.
Step 8: Affix the bow to your wrapped present.
And you’re done! You are now ready to present your perfect wrapped present :)
So here’s the promised tutorial for the cupcake headband I wore for my California Gurl inspired costume!
Project: cupcake headband
Difficulty level: medium
Step 1: Gather your supplies! You will need: a plain headband, ribbons, super glue or hot glue gun, a plastic bottle cap, felt fabric or cosmetic cotton pads, small beads and sequins.
Step 2: Wrap the plain headband in ribbon. Choose a ribbon of the color you want your headband to be, and glue the end of the ribbon to one end of the headband. Wrap the ribbon around the headband, overlapping a bit, and gluing it down every few turns. If your headband is already in the color you want, you can skip this step.
Step 2: Take a length of ribbon in the color you want the base of your cupcake to be. Glue one end of the ribbon to the inside of plastic bottle cap. Then start wrapping the ribbon around the bottle cap as shown below.
Keep wrapping until the whole bottle cap is covered. Cut off the excess ribbon and secure the end by gluing or sewing a few stitches. Now you have the base of the cupcake! The exposed edges of the ribbons resemble the folds in a cupcake liner :)
Step 4: Take the felt or cotton pads and cut them into 5 or so circles. The biggest circle should be around the same size as the base, and each successive one is slightly smaller. These will become the top of the cupcake.
Step 5: Arrange the felt/cotton circles from biggest to smallest, adjusting their sizes if needed. When the pile of circles look like icing on a cupcake, glue them together.
Step 6: Decorate your cupcake! Glue beads, sequins, and anything else you like to the top of your cupcake.
Step 7: Assemble your cupcake by gluing the base and the top together. Your cupcake is now finished!
Step 8: Attach the cupcake to the headband. You can glue it, or, if you want to use the cupcake later for something else, pass a ribbon through one of the ribbons on the base and tie it to the headband.
Tie a bow with the ribbon or just leave it hanging.
You’re done! Now you can wear your cupcake headband with pride :) The little cupcakes are super cute by themselves too and can be used as pin cushions, Christmas ornaments, or just looking so sweet on your desk.
Oh yes, definitely; dressing up is way too much fun. This year, I had in mind a costume inspired by Katy Perry’s California Gurls video. As an official cupcake enthusiast and lover of all things sweet, I just adored pretty much everything about the video. Even though I didn’t end up dressing up for Halloween, I thought it would be fun just to do it anyway and take some photos. Here’s how I put together my own super sweet California Gurl getup.
Handmade cupcake dress from Etsy
DIY cupcake headband, tutorial here
Accessories and make-up
DIY lollipop wand, tutorial here