{Tutorial Tuesday} Tissue Paper Christmas Trees...

posted on: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

So remember how I talked about hoarding? Well, if you don't remember check it out. I hoard a lot of things. One thing that I just can't break the habit of hoarding is tissue paper. I unwrap presents carefully so as not to rip the tissue paper. I then stack in nice, neat piles. The stack is tall...I mean very tall...and very annoying to Hunk. I just can't bring myself to throw it away. It's an addiction.

Sooooo, I figured out a way to put all that tissue paper to a good use.


 That's right! I made Christmas trees out of tissue paper, and it was soooo easy!
For this project you will need:
*tissue paper (Ten sheets for the large tree and six or eight sheets for the small trees)
*Styrofoam tree foams
*LOTS of hot glue


Once I had made a ba-gillion tissue paper flowers I then started from the bottom of the tree foam and began to glue them in place.


While doing this step I made sure to glue them close enough that I didn't see the styrofoam, but not so close that they overcrowded one another.


When I was finished I used the extra tissue flowers to fill in the bare spots! Note: You will see that I started off using polka dot paper, but I ran out...So when I started the blue tree above I mixed different colors of blue paper together to provide added texture. I am just that much of a genius ;)....and I will finish the polka dot tree, promise.

Fact: I am somewhat lazy. Okay, maybe I am not lazy, but I hate driving to the store. Sooo, when I ran out of styrofoam tree foams I decided to make my own. Easy, easy, and it will save you a ton of money. AND, since YOU will be covering it up, who cares what is underneath the tissue paper!


Note: I used a cup as the base because it has a curled lip and it was more sturdy then just using scrapbook paper....it also provided extra height to the tree.


I knew I wanted a variety of textures so for the green tree I cut  tissue paper in 1 1/2 inch wide strips and rolled them into rosettes. NOTE: occasionally place a dab of glue on the rosette as you roll so it stays together. Once I had finished making a few I would glue them to the ghetto, yet ingenius, tree form.


Didn't they turn out great!

And the price?
Styrofoam Tree form: $3.99
Tissue Paper: FREE
Paper cup tree forms: FREE
Time: 2.5 hours
Look: Supa' Stylin'



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99 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh i love these! I was getting my boots on to go to the store before i even finished reading! (seriously I was!!) Then when you said the cup.. I stopped! I'm glad I dont have to go buy foam trees! What a super cute Idea!!!!

    shelblogs.blogspot.com

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  2. I also hoard tissue paper, there should be a support group. This IS GENIUS! making the form out of a cup is the best thing I've seen all day. Really awesome job!

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  3. These are great! What a neat idea for all that tissue paper!

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  4. Oooh, I have a ton of tissue paper (why do I save everything) and a cup! This is really genius! I hope you'll share these at my link party, Holiday Hookup!!

    http://kraftykat76.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-hookup-3.html

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  5. What a fun idea! I love how they turned out :)

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  6. So pretty! I love the rosette trees. I remember making something similar to this years ago. We would twist a piece of tissue around the eraser end of a pencil, dab it in glue and press it on! Thanks for the great idea!

    http://www.amaskellantics.com/

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  7. The funny thing is that here one is more likely to find a foam tree than a paper cup!

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  8. These are just amazing ! They would make any home look festive

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  9. Oooh, I love these, just darling!

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  10. These turned out so cute! Great idea!

    Link up! http://gigglesglitzandglam.blogspot.com/2010/11/glam-party-3.html

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  11. These are so full and gorgeous! Beautiful!

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  12. I heart the rosette one. You should make me one! ...or I could just get off my duff and follow your tutorial and make my own... Love, love, love, love, love. Good work!

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  13. tooooooo cooooool! especially love the rosettes. nifty nifty!

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  14. Love it!!! I hoard tissue paper too... But I almost always buy new when giving a gift... so this would be a great use for it! :)

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  15. I am definitely going to use your idea for the 'cup' cones!!

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  16. I am so in love with these! What a great idea! I can't wait to go pick out some pretty tissue paper and make some for myself!

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  17. Love these, especially the green rosettes. Gotta try it! Thanks!

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  18. Great idea Hals!! Love them :)

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  19. Thanks for sharing!
    With your permission, I would love to share this idea along with the other holiday projects that I've shared with my readers.
    Thanks in advance,
    Alethia
    http://www.sewmuchtalent.com

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  20. So very pretty! And the cup idea is ingenious! I was looking at foam cones just yesterday and they're $8.99 each at our local Michael's! Ridiculous! I keep hoping they'll show up at the dollar store, but until then, I'll use your method. Thanks!

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  21. Definitely want to try to make one, they are GORGEOUS!!!

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  22. I love this. I bought some amazing tissue paper at a garage sale this summer. I think it would love awesome. It's on my to do list. In the meantime, I am going to feature it on my blog.

    Http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

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  23. Those are seriously darling! I'm gonna follow you now cause I think you have good ideas.

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  24. Oh I used the same idea(almost) to do a vase! Your trees look gorgeous!Have to try the one with the rosettes!

    http://ebony-ivory-rainbow.blogspot.com/2010/08/first-tutorial-ever.html

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  25. Oh my heck what a great idea and fun to do with kids too! Thank you!

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  26. I love the green rosette one! So cute!

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  27. These are awesome--I'm so going to have to try them--especially the rosettes! Thanks for the tut!

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  28. Saw this on Someday crafts and am smitten. Oh, and the paper cup/cone thing? Genius. Pure craft genius.

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  29. I've been mulling over various tree ideas for the kids' nature table...and you've provided GREAT inspiration! The rosettes - so sweet. And the other tree would be a fun one for the kids to make themselves. Yippee! I LOVE a craft that uses recycled paper.

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  30. These are so cute!!! I'm going to share them on my facebook fanpage, Pirates-n-Princesses.
    Heather =)

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  31. Love your trees. I was just thinking about making my own cones (they have gotten so expensive). Love the cup idea. This will really help. I'm a new follower!

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  32. Hi Ya! Just found your blog through My Little Jedi! & i have to say i LOVE LOVE this idea! Thank you for sharing! :D

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  33. I just loved these & have featured them at this week's party - be sure to grab a Featured On button & thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday!

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  34. Ooohhh, I love the green one the most! Thanks for showing how to do this!

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  35. Hi Hasley. I simply adore these!!! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a fabulous week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  36. Very, very nice! Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  37. These are fan-freaking-tastic!!!
    I would love it if you linked them to our party!
    http://paperissues.blogspot.com/2010/11/holiday-hook-up.html

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  38. Love these! So fun! Can't wait to try out the tute! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  39. I featured your project, feel free to grab a button!
    http://thecraftymamablog.blogspot.com/2010/11/weekend-highlights-mini-christmas-tree.html

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  40. I love it I love it I love it!!! I'm making some tomorrow! No seriously I am!!! :) I PROMISE to send you pics! :)

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  41. soooo cute!! I love the rolled flowers. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. so cute. i have featured you on my blog http://sometimesicraftmyself.blogspot.com/2010/11/tutorial-tuesday_30.html

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  43. So great! I have a love/hate relationship with rosettes right now, but might have to get over it! Check out my beaded tree @ http://westcoastleslie.blogspot.com/2010/11/beaded-christmas-trees.html
    Happy Holidays!

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  44. These are super adorable! I might just have to make them :)

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  45. I have been in love with these ever since I saw them! I featured them on Hoo's got talent! Thanks for linking up to the party!

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  46. I love this! I'm doing it tonight!

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  47. Love the tissue trees! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely make these for my mantle...

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  48. these are so pretty! I featured you today on CrazyDomestic.com. Feel free to grab an "I was featured" button!

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  49. i'll be featuring this tomorrow for my friday features! and also featuring it in my weekly newsletter :) thanks for sharing, they really are fabulous!!

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  50. I love this! Thanks for sharing. I am featuring it at Not Just Decorating. Feel free to grab a featured button if you'd like and have a great day :)

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  51. I just found your blog at Not Just Decorating and so glad I did, I'll add you to my blog list because I don't want to miss anymore great projects like those sweet trees. I too hoard tissue paper and I don't know why:)

    Rondell

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  52. Love these! Especially the rosette tree. Thanks. I hopped over from Tatertots and Jello.

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  53. OH my gosh!!! I LOVE this idea! Unfortunately I don't hoard tissue paper, but I know I could get some for a $1. I'm so excited to try this! Think I may do this tomorrow. Thanks for the great idea!

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  54. love!!!! SO PERFECT!!!

    Thanks for linking up at Tatertots and Jello! I'd love for you to come check out my blog:

    http://vintagewannabee.blogspot.com/

    Mucho love!
    Nichelle

    P.S. I'm your newest follower!

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  55. Holy gorgeousness! I CAN'T wait to try this! I love the colors you used too!

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  56. oh my I love these!!! I just bought a few styrofoam cones and now I'm thinking I'll have to make one with tissue paper rosettes!

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  57. I love this. Especially the rosettes! good job.

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  58. Just dropping by to let you know that I linked to this post in a round up today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) This will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-christmas-tree-crafts/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  59. Simply stunning. If my house didn't already look like santa's grotto I would so be making one of these. oh well maybe a little one...surely I can find some space.

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  60. Becuase of your clever ways, I can do this project without having to go to the store and buy supplies. I LOVE a good craft that I have all the supplies on hand!

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  61. Oh.my.gosh. LOVE the trees! LOVE the free! (I'm a bit of a tissue paper hoarder, too.) AND! I love that you didn't drive to the store but made a tree out of what you had on hand. Girl, you are right up my alley! SO CUTE!!!

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  62. I just wanted to tell you I finally made these and I linked back to you on my blog. Thanks for the idea!!!!!!

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  63. Lovely to look at. Thanks for posting.

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  64. Super cute!! I love your fun idea. I would love for you to link this post to my Christmas link-up!
    www.kirstikoo.blogspot.com

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  65. Hi! I love this idea and will be making a ton of them for my family's Christmas get-together. I linked to this post on my blog and wanted to let you know. If you have a chance, drop on by!

    http://sewveryhappy.blogspot.com/2010/12/busy-busy.html

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  66. These are SO AWESOME!!! I put a picture of the ones I made on my blog today with a link to your post/tutorial! Thanks!
    http://spunkyjunky.blogspot.com/2010/11/tutorial-tuesday-tissue-paper-christmas.html

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  67. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog!! I can see you are popular! I absolutely loved your tress!! I will share it on my blog!! Thank you!

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  68. I love your trees! I have so much admiration and respect for you after making only ONE tissue paper tree! One tree took me over 5 hours to complete! I actually just posted about my experience on my blog!

    http://sewwoodsy.blogspot.com/2010/12/tissue-paper-tree.html

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  69. I love that green one!!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

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  71. Just an idea, but could we use newspaper to make cone?

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  72. I have two styrofoam cone forms that I bought last year to make ribbon trees with and never found the time to make them. I have now decided that I would rather do tissue paper trees. Great job!

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  73. Oh my, I too hoard tissue paper. I am making these today. Great idea. Thanks for the wonderful blog too.

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  74. Great Idea, I was trying to think of a way to make those cones without buying the foam. Thank you soooo much....CRAFT TIME!!!!

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  75. i love it as though i have made them by me earlier.........but thanx for the reminder idea....

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  76. I haven't tried making these trees yet, but I had an idea that someone might try. While rolling the cone, maybe you could try gluing a toothpick, with a star attached to it, to the top.

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  77. These trees are very cute. My children made something like these when they were in K or 1st grade. They didn't make a cone shape. They cut a tree out of construction paper and glued green tissue on with colored tissue pieces used as ornaments. One also made a large wreath cut out and glued green tissue with a few red spots for the berries. I hung it up on the wall for yrs. until it was carelessly packed away & the tissue paper was crushed. (so was I)

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  78. I love these trees! We made wreaths the same way this year, but there is something so elegant about the trees! I can't wait to get started...only 11 months to wait! Thanks for sharing!

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  79. I would totally do this. I'd use my own secret ingredient, and a box of puffs.

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  80. Thanks for the idea. I am disabled and I like to decorate my church during the different seasons. These are great and I will not have to spend a dime for anything.

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  81. You are an inspiration to me. i want to make my own trees but dont want to spend $5 on styrofoam trees when I can make them but didnt know how! Great tips!

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  82. These trees are beautiful. I love all the shades of blue. So pretty. Thanks for posting.

    Heidi
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