IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME!!!!!! So excited for the holidays to be here! I am celebrating by posting this simple little tutorial on these uber cute Paint Swatch Christmas Trees. You can use this idea for greeting cards, to spice up your holiday wrapping, or just a fun project with the kids. I keep this idea in my back pocket for the times I forget I need a last minute holiday card... it's come in handy a few times! ;)
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Paint Swatches of your choice, greens or colors for your trees, brown for the tree stumps (free at Home Depot and Lowes)
- Cardstock or Bristol Paper (omit if you are not making greeting cards)
- X-ACTO Knife
- Stainless Steel Ruler w/ Cork Back
- Pencil or Pen
- Extra Strength Glue Stick
- Cutting Mat
- Scratch Paper
HERE IS A VIDEO TUTORIAL (below that is the step by step):
STEP BY STEP:
STEP 1: Fold that cardstock in half! Or if you are using Bristol Paper, measure out the size you want your card and cut it out. Put aside.
STEP 2: Take one paint swatch and measure however thick you want the base of your tree to be. We are using 2.5" for the base so we are measuring 2.5" out from the left side so we don't get those printed words on our tree. Note: sometimes I do my trees all different sizes and heights, get creative!
STEP 3: Now mark the top! Make sure your tree will fit onto the cardstock that you will be using. For us, we are going to omit using the very top color of this paint swatch. Measure 1/2 of the measurement you used for the base of the tree, we used 2.5" for the base so that means we will be marking 1.25" for the top (measuring out from the left side again).
STEP 4: Cut! Cut on top of your cutting mat. Place ruler from the base marking to the top marking. Hold down tight and X-ACTO Knife it! Then repeat, place ruler from the top marking to the other side of the base, cutting a triangle. From here you can go on to cut the other paint swatched to your liking.
STEP 6: Once you've cut out all your triangles, arrange them on your card for placement and start thinking about your tree stumps.
STEP 7: Cut out little rectangles for your tree stumps
STEP 8: Once everything looks good placement-wise, glue away! We use the scratch paper to glue on, that way we can get really close to the edges of the piece we're gluing.
AND WA-LAH! You have yourself some super good lookin' greeting cards. I love this idea so much that I keep extra paint swatches on hand!
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