Wrap Your Tree in...Wrapping Paper!

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Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to a totally original tree! It all starts with a simple paper garland and paper airplanes (no kidding!) made from leftover wrapping paper. Fold up your airplanes, then fly them straight into the tree for the most fun you've had decorating a tree...ever.

Sewn Paper Garland

What you need:

  • Wrapping paper scraps
  • Sewing machine

1. Paper cuts

Cut your wrapping paper into small pieces. For the garland shown, I cut evenly sized rectangles (a rotary cutter or paper cutter help make this go faster). You can also cut freehand, or experiment with different shapes — even mixing up the shapes within your garland. Go wild!

2. Feed the machine

One by one, slowly feed your paper pieces into the machine. Keep on stitching in the spaces between the papers — this will create a string that allows the the garland to hang easily from the boughs.

Pro tip: If you want a double sided look, stack two pices of paper back to back as you feed them through the machine. Or, use double-sided wrapping paper!

Paper Airplanes

What you need:

  • Wrapping paper scraps
  • Tape

1. Cut rectangles

Cut your paper into rectangles. There are no rules about size here, so experiment with different sizes to see what you get.

2. Allll the folds

Fold the paper in half vertically (hotdog style). Unfold, then fold the two top corners into the center line. Crease the fold with your finger.

Fold again into the center line and crease the folds.

Fold the paper in half away from you and crease. Now fold down your wings on each side. Crease your folds one more time, and add a tiny piece of tape to the body under the wings. Now fly your plane straight into the tree, and you're done!

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