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Once again, it is time for us at the Capital City Weekly to give a little gift back to the fine folks of Southeast Alaska in the form of some DIY decorations.
Alaska Crafter: Crafting with newspapers: news trees and snowflake stars 122111 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Once again, it is time for us at the Capital City Weekly to give a little gift back to the fine folks of Southeast Alaska in the form of some DIY decorations.

Tanna Peters Studt

Newspaper Tree


Tanna Peters Studt

Snowflake star


Tanna Peters Studt

News tree pattern


Tanna Peters Studt

Snowflake star pattern

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Story last updated at 12/21/2011 - 11:44 am

Alaska Crafter: Crafting with newspapers: news trees and snowflake stars

Once again, it is time for us at the Capital City Weekly to give a little gift back to the fine folks of Southeast Alaska in the form of some DIY decorations.

In years past we’ve tackled topics such as wreaths, ornaments, coasters, bunting and gift-wrap, so this year it is finally time to get down to the nitty gritty of a holiday crafted tree. Unless you’re reading this story online, you are holding in your hot little hands the key to making a fun holiday tree, or a forest of them for that matter. As an added bonus we’ll also include a pattern for an easy snowflake star to keep your holidays bright and white.

NEWS TREES

Tools: A CCW, a dowel, tape, a foam base, extra decorating tools (like glitter).

Directions: Place the dowel into your foam base — this will be the tree trunk from which you will build. Cut circles of CCW graduating in size from small to large. You may use a decorative scissors for a fancy edge or create your own wavy edge.

Cut a pie wedge piece out of each circle (see illustration). Starting with the largest circles, bring the two edges of the pie wedge together to create a cone shape. Tape the underside to secure the cone shape. Slide the cone over the dowel trunk and repeat this process placing the larger cones at the bottom and gradually getting smaller.

You now have a news tree. Use dots of glue and glitter to create a snow or ornament effect on your tree. With an entire CCW, you have enough to make a forest of winter wonderland décor.

SNOWFLAKE STARS

Tools: Square paper (you can use the CCW for this project too), scissors, glue or tape.

Directions: With two folds and three cuts you can build some lovely 3D snowflake stars. Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half to create a triangle. Then fold it in half again for a smaller triangle. Now cut along the three lines according to the illustration. Unfold the paper and you will have some triangle-shaped cuts.

Take the points of the two innermost triangles and bring them together in the front. Glue or tape them together at that spot. Take the points of the next two triangles and bring them to the back and glue them together there. Take the third set of triangles and bring them to the front and glue them together and finish with the fourth set in the back. Turn it sideways and you now have a curled and glued paper (refer to the illustration if you’re confused).

By itself this pattern is interesting, but not easily recognizable as a snowflake. Now, repeat the process until you have six pieces. Arrange them together into a star shape and glue together starting at the center and suddenly you have a 3D snowflake of geometric proportions. Make them in several sizes and colors for fun variety. Embellish with glitter for extra holiday sparkle.

Tanna Peters Studt is a crafter and designer from Juneau. View her latest creations at www.alaskacrafter.com. She may be reached at tanna.craft@gmail.com.