Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree…

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I had all these small sections of scrapbook paper left over from other projects. So when I saw several Christmas Trees made from scraps, I decided to do one too. It’s awesome that every single tree will be different and unique. These would make great gifts. Especially secret Santa gifts.

Supplies needed:

  1. Scrapbook paper cut into about one inch wide strips (all lengths are needed)
  2. Scissors or paper cutter
  3. Glue stick
  4. Background paint color (eye ball what color would look good with YOUR scrapbook papers)
  5. Canvas or wood or a picture frame to use as a backdrop
  6. Ribbon to coordinate with papers (optional) or you can put a STAR on top
  7. Snowflakes 3 dimensional or stencils (optional)

Below are two pictures of how I was just cutting out strips from leftover pieces we had already used. You should be proud of me….I took a lot of pictures for this blog post. lol

Leftover scraps of scrapbook paper.
I still have plenty of paper. Maybe I will make another one for a gift??

Below is a picture of how I lined them up. I put similar lengths all together. I could tell that a white background was NOT going to work. It was not showcasing the papers off to their full potential. So I decided to paint the canvas……But oh what color should I choose?

Lining up my possibilities. I HAD to use the little red vintage car.

I decided to go with a cream color for my canvas background. The two black wooden boards are for another project. I always work on several projects at a time.

Below is the paint I used. I thought a creamy color would be perfect for the white scrapbook papers to stand out against.

Deco Art Americana in Buttermilk

But after I put my scrapbook paper on the painted canvas, I felt it needed something else. Plus I had in the back of my mind that I wanted to put snowflakes in the background. White was just not standing out enough. So I decided to put some kind of antiquing medium on the cream colored paint.

The white was not standing out enough.
I painted my cream paint on the diagonal.
I put on my creme wax on the diagonal too. But it didn’t matter because I rubbed it in.
Here is the creme wax I used.
I rubbed it in with a dry paper towel.
This is the glue stick I used to paste down all my scrapbook paper. I did not want to use Mod Podge. I make a mess with that stuff and it is too thick for my liking. I also did not want to paint OVER my scrapbook paper with anything. I like the multi media look instead of the decoupage look.
Yes, it looks better now against a slightly darker background.
I had to use a small brush to get all the corners to stick with the tacky glue.
This picture has a glare on it but you can see how I was determining to put a ribbon at the top and snowflakes on the side. I also added a ribbon that has “Merry Christmas” on it. It was the perfect finishing touch.
I hope you like the finished project. It was easy and fun. No stress involved at all. Remember to have fun with all projects. Perfection is NOT NECESSARY!
Merry Christmas!

I think you could do this and make Christmas cards or gift tags. It’s a great way to use up leftover scrapbook paper.

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