I think that this might be the last of my Christmas crafts posts for this year. It's a cute one and one that I stumbled upon quite by accident, and one that you can make in about fifteen minutes with just paper, needle and thread, and very little fuss. It's my tiny tinsel-free tree. And you can choose to either stand it up or hang it from somewhere, even on a real tree, if you fancy. It's quite the versatile little thing.
It came about when I was making the diamond pendants for last month's Rose & Grey styling challenge as when I stacked up all the individual parts ready to glue them together, they looked like a Christmas tree. A little bit of tweaking of the sizes and alternating the final formation, and this tiny tree was born.
To make the half-diamonds, this is the best tutorial that I've come across. I can't simplify it any further. It's really easy to follow and the photographs of each stage are a huge help. Take your time with the folding and the get the creases right, and you'll be more than fine.
My tiny tinsel-free tree stands at 23cm high and to make one, you will need to fold nine squares of paper in to half-diamonds. The sizes that I used are: 21cm, 20cm, 19cm, 17cm, 15cm, 13cm, 11cm, 9cm and 7cm.
And this is what they look like one on top of each other in size order. Cute, right?
You then need to measure your tree and cut your thread to a length approximately two and half times the size of your tree. My tree was 23cm high so the piece of thread that I used was 57.5cm. Fold your thread in half and push the closed end through the eye of the needle.
Then, push the needle and thread through the centre of each half-diamond ...
... and tie a knot in the bottom of the thread to secure it.
Unthread the needle, and there you have it. Your very own tiny tinsel-free tree. You could even add a little star or angel to the top if you're feeling particularly crafty. I matched the colour of the paper that I used to my Christmas decorations. I think I might make a metallic one next!