Last year, around this time, I reported that I have in my possession this stash of vintage wrapping paper that I bought at a yard sale many years ago and have been hauling from house to house ever since. I never wanted to use it just for wrapping presents, so I decided to use it for….keeping in a box in my basement. I’m very practical that way.
But then I finally broke it out last year and put a few pieces of it in frames and hung them up in my foyer for Christmas.
And then this year I got really wild and made some Christmas trees out of it. At this rate, I’m going to be all out of vintage wrapping paper by 2030!
This is a super easy craft, but I had a little trouble figuring out exactly how to do it, so I’ll spell it all out for those of you who are 1. as spatially challenged as I am and 2. unlike me, not married to a math teacher with mad geometry skillz:
1. Select the prettiest and/or most dinosaur compatible wrapping paper from your vintage wrapping paper stash:
note: if you do not have a stash of vintage wrapping paper, you can use ANY paper you want.
2. Assemble the following materials/tools: paper, scotch tape, scissors
3. Use a compass to draw either half or full circles on the back of your paper. If you don’t have a compass or your children have lost yours, you can use string and two pencils for a makeshift compass:
The circles can be any size you want. The radius of the circle equals the height of your finished tree.
4. Cut your circle into 4 equal parts or cut your semi-circle in half. Does that make sense? You can get 4 trees from each full circle, in other words. I kept looking online for fancy templates to use, but Dave explained that really we just needed to cut up circles. No template required!
And then you just roll your quarter circle up into a cone and tape it. The curvy part becomes the flat bottom of the tree! That part blew my mind. Geometry, you are so tricky. (Seriously: NO SPATIAL REASONING ABILITIES! You should see me try to park a car).
Making it into a nice cone is sometimes trickier than it looks. Don’t get frustrated! Take a deep breath and start over if you run into trouble. It is helpful to have one cone roller and one taper.
Done! So simple even a monkey who’s better than I am at geometry could do it!
I picked up this table runner at Target to go under all the dinosaurs:
I almost got a red one, but this one was more neutral, so not just for Christmas, and also, I thought it looked kind of like dinosaur skin.
So now the dinosaur Advent calendar is surrounded by a forest of vintage Christmas trees.