Ok, remember the 3D cutouts we made as kids? When I made one back in the fall in the shape of a pumpkin I knew I would be making another one for Christmas, this time in the shape of a tree. I think we all made 3D trees for Christmas way back when.
Cardboard cutouts is a great recycle way to use some of the boxes we accumulate during the holidays. I had a couple of large pieces of cardboard 17" x 13" I found in some packing. I decided to make a contemporary tabletop tree with straight lines.
- Corrugated cardboard - (2) 17"x13"
- xacto knife
- 2 1/2" circle
- 3 - 2 1/2" unbreakable ornaments
- glitter (optional)
1. First, find the center of the cardboards 13" width at 6 1/2" and draw lines down to the ends at the bottom, left and right, forming a triangle. Do the same for the second piece.
2. Cutout using an xacto knife.
3. Draw a center line slot, one from the top down stopping half way on one tree, and draw one from the bottom up to the center on the other and cutout.
4. Draw three 2 1/2" circles on one form and cutout.
5. Use the cutout openings to draw on second tree form for an exact match and cutout. Slide the two pieces together to form a dimensional tree that stands on its' own.
6. Cover cardboard with snow-tex* (because I didn't have enough snow-tex for complete coverage, I used spackling that I had on hand thinking that would be ok - this proved to be a BIG mistake. The cardboard kind of bowed and cracked on a couple of ends as the spackling dried). Lesson learned.
7. I used a knife to spread the paste on and then took the back of a spoon to add texture.
8. I wanted to add glitter while the spackling was wet but the paste made the cardboard damp and fragile so I skipped that and just allowed the whole tree to dry overnight with hope of salvaging this project.
9. Add unbreakable 2 1/2" ornaments to the openings.
Luckily, I was able to salvage this craft that I ended up calling my Charlie Brown tree since it's kind of bowed. If you're asking why I used spackling instead of going out and buying more Snow-Tex it's because I saw a Lowe's video using caulking on cone trees that looked pretty good so I thought spackling would have the same results - but I was wrong.
I do think this is a wonderful recycle cardboard Christmas project and the tree looks great too!
Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Holiday Crafting!