I’ve had three packets of doilies leftover from our wedding last year that I’ve been dying to use. I didn’t really have any idea of how to use them until I got inspired by this really cool book paper tree that I saw at one of the link parties. So I thought they would make a great snowy tree with all the little ruffle like holes.
Ok, I went ultra cheap on this project. My total cost was $0.
- Here’s the list of materials:
- Paper doiles (left over from our wedding favors)
- 2 Empty tuna cans (Yummm!)
- Old Nail (I actually removed this from the wall a while back and kept it)
- Two smooth sticks (from a small trellis used for my now dead ground orchids, sorry little guys)
- Pine cones prop (we stole borrowed them from a park, I’ll return them I promise)
- Ribbon (scraps from another project)
- White pray paint (left over from another project)
Here’s the poor trellis, as you can see the bottom was pretty rotted. At least I got one last use out of it. Yeah right, I kept all the other sticks for future use. I’m starting to get concerned, could I possibly get any cheaper more frugal?
I made a small hole, using the nail, in the middle of the tuna cans and just put the two sticks through. The size was perfect, but if you have a wider stick you’ll have to adjust the hole size.
A quick coat of spray paint and they were ready to go. The sticks came in handy btw to hold the cans in the air while painting. I also used the handy nail to make a hole in a bunch of doilies at once.
So, I just took the bunch of dolies and cut a small pie-shaped piece, about 1/8 of the circle. As you go up the tree cut larger pie pieces. By the top you’ll be cutting away almost half the doilie. This gives the tree a tapered look.
Assembly is easy but tedious. Fold over each individual doile to form a cone then use a small piece of tape to secure it. Since there is so much overlap you wont even see the tape. You’ll still have a tiny nail hole at the peak. Just slip it over the stick forming layer upon layer.
The top cone will be the narrowest and will just be placed on top. Since this one will show, you’ll want to put the tape on the inside.
When done just place any Christmasy props you like next to them. I used the pine cones and ribbon (cause they were free).
As you can see I used a ton of doilies to make these paper doily Xmas trees and I cannot believe that I still have an entire package (40 doiles) left over. Great, I’ll still have to store the doilies till I figure out what to do with them. Back to square one!