Paper Tree Tutorial {Think Magnet}

Today I am hosting a very creative guest!  Shelisa from Think Magnet is here sharing a project inspired by a children's book!  You might remember our Summer Camp series from last year where guests shared ideas centered around a children's book.  Well, Shelisa's idea today would be perfect to correlate with The Giving Tree or Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

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Hello! My name is Shelisa, and today I am sharing a tutorial for creating a paper tree.

Start with 3-4 rolls (depending on how much space you have for your tree) of brown wrapping paper priced about $4 a roll. OR, save up free packing paper from boxes shipped to your house.

Unwrap. Scrunch as you unroll. Scrunch and crunch. You can't mess this up! Great for kids to help and build those fine motor muscles.

The scrunching and crunching will take over the room. A scrunchy, crunchy serpent.

This is the fun part. The STAPLE GUN! Protect those pretty eyes, people.

Wrestle one paper serpent at a time. I start my stapling with a center branch. Twist, stretch, turn the paper as you go to build your tree. Make it perfectly imperfect. Don't forget to bring it up and on the ceiling....

Because little ones love to lay underneath it!

Embellish by hanging butterflies dangling on fishing line, tuck a few birds inside, leaves or apples, and hot glue some bugs on it. My handy husband built the wooden fence we secured at the bottom of the tree. Great to stick flowers in! Without a fence, just widen,shape, and merge the paper into the trunk to the bottom of the wall, stapling as you go.

Don't forget to read The Giving Tree under your child's new bedroom or playroom tree!

You can call me tree crazy. The paper tree was fitting for my oldest daughter's garden room. But I choose a palm tree for my middle daughter's beach room. While I was thinking about how to make a paper palm tree, I found this one on clearance and couldn't pass it up. They love reading under a palm tree at the beach.

But I did get to make a paper palm tree with my 5 year old son once. Which leads me to a question for you...

I want to add a special tree in to his "Adventure Room" (maps, travel, binoculars, sleeping bag bedspread)...but I'm not sure what tree grows in an Adventure Room. Maybe you can share a tree idea with me?

Happy Trees!

Shelisa

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Here is some more inspiration from Think Magnet:

Tangram sandwichNumbers partyEdible Lincoln log houses

 

Bio: Think Magnet was officially published January 12, 2012, but incubated in my head since about 2006 in my most chaotic years of managing 3 children under the age of 3. I survived. Barely. I have a Master's in Education, a Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and a Doctorate in Chaos;) My goal is to share teachable moments while keeping it real through my inadequacies, embarrassing moments, and battle with clutter. Above all, I hope to make you laugh, and know that we're all in this thing together. You'll find Think Magnet in a corner of the blogosphere where there's an open fridge policy, but the floors may be crunchy. Welcome. Make yourself at home.

Bling Bling Christmas Tree

This tutorial was originally shared at Sumo's Sweet Stuff "Spread Christmas Cheer" series.  Be sure to check out Summer's fab series for more great Christmas ideas... PLUS tell her congratulations on her new baby girl!

Christmas is practically here!

Are you ready??  {I'm NOT!} But I'm excited for this fun week-before-Christmas!

Today, I want to share one of my latest and greatest Christmas projects:

This "Bling Bling" Christmas Tree is sparkly, shiny, and simple, too!

Typically, I don't love gold, but when Christmas comes around, I love to decorate with something sparkly!  This little tree has made a grand entrance with my Christmas decor.

Are you ready to make your own?

Let's go!

Last year sometime, I found a box of gold buttons at JoAnn's.  They were all different shapes and sizes.  They have been sitting in a drawer all year, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to make good use of them!

For this project, I also used a styrofoam cone, some gold ribbon, and gold bows I found at the dollar store.

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Gratitude Tree Advent Calendar

Is it really November first?!

I'm a little sad that all of the Halloween festivities are over.  (And I'm trying to avoid munching on all of our leftover candy!)  Now bring on Thanksgiving!  In anticipation of Thanksgiving, I love focusing on gratitude throughout November.  So today we are starting this gratitude tree advent calendar that I created last year.

Just in case you missed this post last year, you can download your own leaves for the bottle caps and add one every day throughout November.  With each leaf, a member of your family can share something they are thankful for!  I call it an "advent" of sorts because we use it to count down the days until Thanksgiving!  And let's be honest--Thanksgiving is passed over way too often.  I like to give Thanksgiving its fair share of holiday recognition!

Here are a few more ideas perfect for encouraging gratitude:

I love the elegance of this thankful tree at simply vintagegirl.

Whipperberry's Blessings Board is a lovely way to have your Thanksgiving guests record what they are thankful for!

Simple As That offers the digital leaf files for this Thanksgiving leaf garland.  This would be a fun family activity!

No leaves here, but this grateful garland from Misfits and Remnants is gorgeous!

Roots and Wings Co. made a sweet thankful tree, too!  As the leaves fall off the tree, they wrote what they were grateful for.

Sweet Rach from Family Ever After just e-mailed me about this darling handsewn Thanksgiving advent tree.  So, so darling!!

I can't believe it's already time to plan for Thanksgiving!

How do you encourage gratitude?

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