UPDATE: This giveaway is closed. Congrats to Cyndy Barbian who was randomly selected to receive the Anthropologie Inspired Paper Pine Tree.
When I saw this awesome paper tree over at Anthropoloie I fell in love and then when I saw the price, I just fell over. NO WAY! So I set out to recreate their paper pine and I’m super happy with the turn out. One of the only things that makes this a yuletide decoration is the use of Christmas sheet music in the tree’s construction. “Well fa-la-la-la-la- la-la-dee-dah” I thought. I searched through an old hymnal I had picked up a few months back and pulled out all the sheet music in their Christmas section. It wasn’t enough for the whole piece but it’s in there and that’s what counts. I know you’ll want to make your own, so here’s what I did. But before we get too involved be sure to enter today’s giveaway to win this awesome and thrifty creation!
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- Sheet music
- A bamboo skewer
- Foam Core
- Scissors/Rotary Cutter & Mat
- Pinking Shears
- Eyelet punch (anything that will punch a small hole)
- Tissue Paper (optional)
- Mod Podge (optional)
- Glue gun and glue sticks (not pictured)
- small glass ornament
I had to share what I found while flipping through the hymnal randomly. Apparently someone got bored at church and tore a hole through hymn number 147
Step 6: Take your 3- 3″ sections of foam core and glue them together with hot glue. You could use a different type of glue, but for speed and convenience, I chose hot glue. Remember, hot glue dried fast so you want to adhere your pieces to each other quickly so that they’re flat against each other and do not have any space between them because the glue somewhat dried in some areas before the pieces could be joined.
Step 7: This part is optional. I decided rather last minute that I didn’t want to simply have a base made of exposed foam core, so I snagged some of the left over strips of tissue paper from Day 2’s Tabletop tree and decoupaged it to the base.
I used the strips of gold tissue paper that I had, but obviously you can do this with a whole sheet of tissue paper for a more uniform look. Be sure to add more Mod Podge to your strips of paper to seal them down.
This is what the end result was after the glue dried. Does anyone else feel like busting out in a round of “I’ve got the golden ticket” from Willie Wonka? No? Just me?
Step 10: Start placing your squares of paper 2 at a time followed by a piece of foam core layering until all your pieces are used or you feel that you’ve used a sufficient amount of paper in each predetermined size to create a graduating slope to the top of your paper pine.
Step 11: In order for your upside down ornament not to shift around, take scrap pieces of your sheet music and begin making tiny crumpled up pieces to shove into the void of the ornament.
Step 12: Take your hot glue gun and insert it’s nozzle into the opening of the ornament. Squeeze several times to fill the inside with glue and then place the ornament upside down fitting over the bamboo skewer.