Introduction

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Fringe Forest

What do you get when you cross a piñata with a Christmas tree? A fringed-tissue paper cone tree. This sweet little number is a simple way to add a whimsical element to your Christmas decor for just a few dollars.

Step 1

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Make a Compass

The easiest way to draw a semi-circle on the cardstock is to use a compass. To make your own, start by tying a piece of string onto the end of a thumbtack.

Step 2

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Crease the Center

Fold the cardstock in half on the long side.

Step 3

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Draw Circle

Press the tack down at the center point. Then find the length from the center point to the edge. This is the length you want your string to be. Tie the string around the pencil. Pull the string tight and then use the string to swing the pencil in a perfect semi-circle.

Step 4

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Cut Half Circle

Cut out the semi-circle.

Step 5

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Curve it Around

Using the center point you found earlier as the top, curl the other ends around to meet each other and form the cone.

Step 6

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Fasten

Staple at the bottom or tape along the seam.

Step 7

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Tree Base

Now you have a perfect cone for your fringe.

Step 8

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Fringe It

To make the fringe, cut squares of tissue paper and then use scissors to cut 3/4 of the way up. If you have fringe scissors (sold at craft stores) this goes MUCH faster.

Step 9

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Adhere Fringe

Add a line of glue tape or use a glue stick to attach the tissue fringe to the tree. Instead of using long strips, cut the paper into squares to ensure that the fringe doesn’t get wonky as you go around the circumference of the cone. If you happen to have crepe party streamers on hand, these work just as well as tissue paper, just cut into smaller pieces.

Step 10

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Christmas Tree

Glue fringe all the way around the cone. Allow an inch or in between layers. Repeat until the entire cone is covered with overlapping layers of fringe. Tip: cut your pieces into smaller diameters as you move up the cone. If you begin with 2" x 2" squares, by the time you get to the top, it’s easiest to work with a piece that’s 1/2" wide.