We’ve got another quick and easy cedar craft to show you today! These whimsical paper trees are the perfect finishing touch for a table or mantel. They’re great for adding the scent of cedar to places where you don’t have much room, or if you just want a little something extra.
- CedarBerry Hill Aromatic Cedar Scent Blocks (purchase these at cedarsafe.com)
- Craft Paper in Various Colors and Patterns
- Small Wooden Dowels (you can typically find them in 2 or 3 foot lengths at any craft store)
- A Hot Glue Gun
- A Protractor
- Ribbon (Optional)
- Large Beads (Optional)
We started by drilling a small hole in the top of each of our cedar scent blocks. This hole should be just big enough for your dowel to fit, so choose an appropriately-sized drill bit.
You can cut down your wooden dowels to whichever length you prefer. Our tallest tree stands about a foot tall. Make sure your dowel fits into the hole you drilled, and secure it in place with a drop of hot glue.
Then, use your protractor (or any other circular objects – bowls, cups, etc.) to trace circles of varying sizes onto your craft paper. You can also do what we did and cut out the pages of an old book, then paint those in any design or color that you’d like.
The sizes of your circles don’t matter too much; the bigger the difference in diameter, the wider and shorter your tree will be. When you stack your pages after cutting them, they should look similar to a bullseye.
Keep in mind that these circles don’t have to be perfect! Imperfections are what makes these trees fun.
Once you are finished cutting your circles, you’ll cut a line from the outside of each circle to its center (as shown in the picture below), making certain that it will fit over your dowel.
Then, you just pull the cut sides over each other to make a shallow paper cone. They can overlap as much or as little as you want.
Now place each cone around your dowel. You may have to secure some of the pages with some hot glue to keep them from slipping.
Leave enough room at the top of your dowel to decorate with ribbon and beads, or cut out paper stars to glue to the top. Make those little trees your own!