After 2 faithful years, our cardboard Christmas tree gave up on us. Not because it wasn’t sturdy enough, far from it, but because the renovation dust got a bit too much for it. So I gave it a proper fairwell and added it to the paper to be recycled.
So I searched for a new alternative. At that time, I hadn’t heard about adopting a tree yet. And since we still are a bit short in space, we decided to go for a washi tree instead. No space required, and both cat and toddler proof. Win-win.
Apart from a Christmas tree, a couple of reindeer seemed to be hiding in our washi tape stash as well.
Hubby was on a roll. Maybe I should put some washi tape underneath the Christmas tree…
The only downside is that I have no clue on how to add Christmas lights in a washi tree. So we added them to the cargo bike instead. Safety first.
Ho ho ho!
(And just in case you were wondering why there is a cardboard box underneath the Christmas tree, let’s just say that I’m faster at wrapping presents than hubby.)
Ever since I saw these tin can lanterns on Pinterest last summer, I’ve had used tin cans filled with water in our freezer. Since I was going to make cosy garden lights.
So now I’ve turned them into cosy christmas lights. And it worked better than I had expected. I didn’t even hit my fingers once.
Renovating a house while living in it kind of means that you are camping in your own home. And that means that most of your stuff is hidden away in the attic (and that the things you need will always be at the back and at the bottom of that attic, but that’s a different story).
It also means that Christmas decorations are hidden away in that far corner. I mean, did you ever take your Christmas gear on a camping trip? So when it’s the season to be jolly, it means I try to improvise on how to decorate the house a tiny bit without taking up too much room. Last year, this was the result:
And don’t worry, I did not waste any of those post-its. Each and every single one of them was reused as a grocery shopping list or to get my planning
This year, I wanted to do something with the pile of cardboard boxes we had lying around. We had just unpacked and assembled the cargo bike
in Ikea style, so I had a big blank cardboard box to get going. Resulting in this Christboard tree:
And yes, it’s true. Only a quarter of the thing has been painted, and it’s covered in knee dents. But let’s just call that authenticity. And see it as a tip: Don’t sit on your cardboard while drawing the tree.
What do you need?
- 2 large sheets of cardboard (105 cm / 42 in high, and 80 cm / 32 in wide)
- 1 geometry triangle
- 1 long ruler
- 1 pair of scissors and/or 1 cutter knife
- 1 cutting board
- a couple of gold spray paint cans
How to make that tree
- Starting at the bottom corners, use your geometry triangle to measure a 30° angle, then draw a line measuring 20 cm (8 in).
- From your new point, measure a downward angle of 25° and draw a line measuring 10 cm (4 in).
- From your new point, draw a line that’s parallel with the 30° angle from step 1. The line measures 20 cm (8 in).
- Teken vanuit het nieuwe punt een lijn naar boven die evenwijdig loopt met de lijn op 30°. Maak deze lijn 20 cm lang.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you reach the top of the tree.
Note: The lines of the top will be slightly longer than 20 cm (8 in) to create a nice top.
- Put the cardboard on your cutting board and use your long ruler and cutter knife to cut the tree out. Be careful when cutting the corners.
Note: If your cardboard isn’t too thick, you can use a pair of scissors instead.
- Use the cut cardboard as a template to draw the second part of the tree. Cut this part out as well.
- On both parts, measure where the centre point is, both in lenght and width.
- On part 1, draw a line from the top of the tree to the centre of the tree. On part 2, draw a line from the centre of the tree to the bottom of the tree.
- Measure how thick your cardboard is.
- Use your geometry triangle to copy the thickness of your cardboard onto the centre line. In doing so, make sure that the centre line remains in the centre of the tree.
- Cut the slit you just drew on both parts.
- Slide both parts into each other.
- Use spray paint to paint the tree. Or better yet, decorate it however you like.
Note: I was only able to paint 1 quarter of the tree with 1 can of spray paint. So if you want to paint the whole tree, buy at least 4 cans. Or buy just the 1, and put the tree up in a very strategic corner.