Pre-Spring Paper Tree

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It may be spring where you are.  Here in St. John’s, however, we don’t put away our snow shovels until after the Victoria Day long weekend at the end of May.  It’s kind of the rule.

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So in the absence of spring, I’ve decided to make my own.

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Interfering a bit with my marine mobile while it’s at it.

This branch fell victim to yet another of our vicious wind storms last night and managed to scare the crap out of the dog by moving along the sidewalk just as he was about to sniff it this morning.  In retribution we captured it and will torture it into submission.

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In actual fact one of the major branches on it was broken.  This branch was walking wounded.

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So I fixed that up with some floral tape.

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For this project you will need some paper.  It can be scrap booking paper, origami, magazine paper, whatever you want.  I picked a spring-themed magazine because I thought I could get the best colours from it.  I should have really cut out the paper in the shapes of leaves, but I’m super lazy so I used my 2″ circle punch instead.

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Some floral wire, a pair of scissors, a paint brush, and some glue would also be handy.

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So you start by cutting out your shapes. Whatever they’re gonna be. Us lazy people like our circles. It’s “modern”. Deal with it.

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Then you put some glue on one side of a shape. Then you take a leaf-stem length of floral wire, bend it a bit so it won’t just slide right out again, and slap it on there, with another shape on top. BAM.

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And then you do that a bunch more times. Until you run out of shapes. Or until you get bored and don’t want to make any more shapes.

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Then you take your branch and anchor it in a sturdy vase.

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And then you start winding the shapes onto the branches, following the line of the branch, bending them a little bit for depth. It ain’t that hard.

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And you keep going.

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Make sure to spread them out as you add them so that when you run out of shapes and don’t want to make any more you don’t end up with bare branches.

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And then you put it somewhere and admire your handiwork!

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Here it is on my mantle.

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