Sapins de Noël "Do It Yourself"

DIY Paper Christmas Tree tips (or how to give waste paper a second life!)

What could you do with all those old paper sheets piling up on your desk? You could scan those, of course – easy as ABC with IRIS’ scanners. What you can also do is: get extra creative and start creating your own little DIY Christmas trees! It’s a great and simple way to give a second life to your bulky stacks of waste paper. Here’s a small tutorial inspired by artsy French blogger, Anna Pika. Read more to get into the Christmas spirit!

Equipment : What you need to get started

Here are some essentials to start creating your DIY paper Christmas trees :
– If you’re willing to do a good eco-friendly deed : go for waste paper! But any paper sheet will do
– Some round objects (glasses, cups, bottles, etc. – whatever you find, as long as it has a round form!)
– A pair of scissors or – even better : a utility knife
– Some sort of cardboard to protect your table while cutting
– Last but not least : your fingers!

DIY Paper Christmas tree : easy instructions

Here are simple instructions to create your own little DIY paper Christmas trees :
(To get further explanations, go to Anna Pika’s blog – her pictures will help you even if you don’t speak French!)
1. Press your round objects on the paper you’ve just chosen, a circle will appear
2. Use scissors to cut off the circle you just created, to have a round piece of paper
3. Do this multiple times, in multiple forms, on different pieces of paper. Don’t be too fussy ; even if it’s not perfectly cut, it won’t show in your Christmas tree!
4. Folding. Start folding all of your round paper pieces. Here’s how:
– Fold it in two. It is necessary to really mark the fold with your nails.
– Do that action three times, which means 4 successive folding.

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Image source : Anna Pika

5. Pile them up! You can get creative and chose different colors and types of paper. You can use glue if you want but that’s not absolutely needed.

Done? Let’s get festive – start decorating!

You just created cute, colorful, eco-friendly DIY paper Christmas trees. You can place those everywhere in your living room, to give your space that little extra Christmas feeling. Plus, we’re pretty sure your guests will be impressed to know you created those yourself, while recycling paper. Choosing to re-use paper sheets and give them a second life is the right thing to do!

If you are interested in tools that help you go paperless / get rid of paper, you might want to take a look at our website : www.irislink.com ! 

Source: Anna Pika inspired this blog post, which you can browse here.