To celebrate the Christmas season, I’ve asked some of my closest(and most creative) friends to share with us their favorite holiday DIY projects.  I’m excited to introduce you to my friends as well as their great ideas!  They will be sharing recipes, decorating ideas, projects you can do with your kids and more. Stay tuned for the next few weeks, and hopefully we will all be inspired to be creative this season. Make sure to leave them a comment letting them know you loved their project!

Today, my friend Millie and her friends from Salt Harbor Designs are sharing with us how to craft beautiful little Paper Trees.  Millie and I have been friends for years, and actually met at a photography workshop.  We hit it off instantly, and the rest is history!  Millie is a brilliant photographer and business woman.  I recommend you take the time to go check out her new website.  It’s amazing!

Thank you millie for taking the time to contribute to my 12 DIY Days….your photographs are beautiful!

Millie Holloman’s Mini Paper Trees

Craft by Salt Harbor Designs (www.saltharbor.com)
Photography by Millie Holloman (www.millieholloman.com)
Text from Jennifer of Salt Harbor:

Paper trees are so popular this year and they are rather costly, selling for up to $50.  We spent less than $5 on ours!   We used music for some trees, book pages for others, and even children’s books for a youthful tree.  They are adorable grouped together on a mantle or table.  Creating templates of the different size squares makes creating the layers really easy.  It is a fun craft for children too, because the squares do not need to be perfect. Imperfections only add to the character of each tree.

The How To: 5 easy steps
1.  Put styrofoam in the base of a pot and stick a skewer in the foam.
2.  Cover the base of the pot with moss.
3.  Rip pages out of an old book and cut or tear the pages into squares.  You will need about 20 squares of 8 different sizes starting with 4.5″ and descending to 1″ in 1/2″ increments.
4.  Starting with the largest squares, poke the pages onto the skewer.  Continue to add squares largest to smallest.
5.  If you wish, add a miniature star, pine cone or ball to the top of the skewer.