Christmas tree decorations: How to make ‘easy’ and ‘cheap’ baubles and ornaments

Christmas can be an expensive time of year and one that also produces a lot of waste, but eco-friendly lifestyle influencer and mum-of-two Kate of My Plastic Free Home is on a mission to help cut costs and finding new ways to recycle. Kate, who also owns eco-friendly supply store The Natural Living Shop, showed how to create Scandi-inspired table decorations for the festive season without having to spend a penny.

In a video posted to her 156K Instagram followers on her @my_plastic_free_home page, she showed how to create a selection of small Christmas tree decorations from leftover Christmas cards, brown paper, wrapping paper or even magazines and old maps. In addition to using up leftover supplies, you can turn crafting into a family-friendly or festive party activity.

Kate said: “Easy Christmas trees. They don’t require tape or glue, just a square of paper! I recycled cards and brown paper bags to make them, can you think of what could you recycle?”

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The craft is very similar to origami and requires a series of folding steps to create the tree’s three-dimensional shape. Kate’s Instagram followers applauded the hack in the comments section, with @ratatoeskri writing, “These look so easy! I still have an Origami paper tom, I’ll try with that.”

A viewer named Joan added that she recommended using “Christmas cards, wrapping paper, junk mail, advertisements or flyers and old Christmas magazines” to make the tree decorations. An Instagram user named Erica added, “Oh my God, can’t wait to try this at our mom’s Christmas party.”

However, other viewers were puzzled by the folding process and said they had to follow the guide at a much slower pace. RootyTooty said, “I just tried! You make it look easy! Mine sucks.” Another user named Jezza Hizza added, “I’ve watched this many times my love and I know I’m not going to make it. I’m just not good at it. They are beautiful.”

To try and help with the craft, has put together a step-by-step written guide to accompany Kate’s video.

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How to Make Kate’s Paper Christmas Tree Decorations

To start, cut a square from your leftover paper, then fold it straight in half, making a clean, neat crease. Then, unfold the paper and fold it back in the opposite direction, again making a neat, clean crease.

Then, unfold your square of paper again, making sure you have created the folds for the squares. The next step is to fold the paper diagonally so that it forms a triangle and a clean, crisp crease down the center 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 going in the direction of each of your creases. Keep the paper folded in half diagonally, creating a triangle shape, then fold each side inward to create a point.

Once flattened, you should now have a small square of folded paper. Using the pre-made crease in the center as a guide, push the paper outward to create a crease, then flatten it into a triangular shape.

Repeat this process all the way around until your paper is shaped like a diamond, then cut the bottom of your folded shape so you’re left with a triangle.

This is when your Christmas tree will begin to take shape. Using scissors, create three small cuts on each side of the triangle. This will create the branches of the tree. Then, where each cut was made, fold down to create three small triangles on each side.

Finally, unfold your creation, separating each section, to assemble your tree.

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