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While scrawling through Facebook the other day I came across a video my friend had shared about how to make a Christmas tree from rolled newspaper. The end result was amazing. I thought I would see if I could make one for a Christmas display at work. It looks slightly complicated, but it actually isn’t. If you can count to 2, then you can do this.

You will need:

  • A newspaper or long craft straws
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Glue
  • Pompoms
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

The video I originally watched (which you can find here) used newspaper that had been rolled into long and thin straws. As we seem to have a giant box full of coloured craft straws I used them.

If you use newspaper roll them up into straws, you will need a lot of them.

Next roll the paper into a cone shape and secure it shut.

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Take 3 straws and place them in a snowflake pattern, then staple it together in the middle.

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Place the cone in the middle of the straw snowflake and use tape to temporally secure it to the bottom.

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Next weave a new straw under and over 2 of the original straws.

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Fold the straw that has just been weaved over over the 2 straws next to it (in this picture I am going anti clockwise around the cone).

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This is the basic pattern; the last straw you go over is then folded over the next two straws.

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I’ve added a new straw into the one that is now too short.

When the straw gets too small to fold over slot another straw into it.

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Keep going until you reach the top. Fold over your final one and either glue or staple it to the ones underneath to secure it.

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Turn the whole tree over and cut the original staple out.

Take out your paper cone and finally glue or staple the cut straws to the inside of the tree.

Finally you can use pom poms to decorate your tree.

My two trees have now been added to my Christmas display, and I think that they look perfect. They would also look really good on a mantle piece.

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How to make a christmas tree using straws or rolled paper.