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Christmas can be an expensive time of year and one which also produces a lot of waste, but eco-friendly lifestyle influencer and mum-of-two Kate from My Plastic Free Home is on a mission to help cut costs and find new ways to recycle. Kate, who also owns environmentally friendly supply store The Natural Living Shop, has shown how you can create Scandi-inspired tabletop decorations for the festive season without having to spend a penny.
In a video posted to her 156K Instagram followers on her page @my_plastic_free_home, she showed how to craft a selection of small Christmas tree-shaped decorations from leftover Christmas cards, brown paper, gift wrap or even magazines and old maps. As well as using up leftover supplies, you can turn the craft into a family or festive party activity.
Kate said: “Easy Christmas trees. These require no tape, no glue, just one square of paper! I upcycled maps and brown paper bags to make these, can you think of what you could upcycle?”
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The craft is a lot like origami and requires a series of folding steps to create the three-dimensional tree shape. Kate’s Instagram followers applauded the hack in the comments section, with @ratatoeskri writing: “They look so easy! I still have a tom of Origami paper, will try with that.”
A viewer named Joan added that she recommends using “Christmas cards, wrapping paper, junk mail, Ads or flyers and old Christmas magazines” to make the tree decorations. An Instagram user named Erica added: “Oh my gosh I can’t wait to try this at our mum’s Christmas party.”
However, other viewers were left confused by the folding process and said they had to follow the guide at a much slower pace. RootyTooty said: “Just tried! You make it look easy! Mine is rubbish.” Another user named Jezza Hizza added: “I have watched this several times my love and I know I won’t manage this. I am just not gifted that way. They look gorgeous.”
To try and help with the craft, Express.co.uk has put together a step-by-step written guide to go along with Kate’s video.
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How to make Kate’s paper Christmas tree decorations
To begin, cut a square of your leftover paper and then fold it directly in half, making a neat and clean crease. Next, unfold the paper, and refold in the opposite direction, once again making a neat and clean crease.
Then, unfold your square of paper again, making sure you the creased have created for squares. The next step is to fold the paper diagonally so that it makes a triangle shape and a neat, clean crease across the centre of the paper. Unfold your paper, and repeat the diagonal fold in the opposite direction.
At this point, your square of paper should have creases running in the direction of each of your folds. Keep the paper folded diagonally in half, creating a triangle shape, and then fold each of the sides inwards to create a point.
Once flattened, you should now have a small, folded square of paper. Using the pre-made crease in the centre as a guide, push the paper outwards to create a fold, and then flatten it down to a triangular shape.
Repeat this process all the way around until your paper is shaped like a diamond, and then snip off the bottom of your folded shape so that you are left with a triangle.
It is at this point that your Christmas tree will begin to take shape. Using scissors, create three small snips on either side of the triangle. This will create the tree branches. Then, where each snip has been made, fold downwards to create three little triangles on either side.
Finally, unfold your creation, separating each section, to assemble your tree.
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