a Tabletop Christmas Tree
Little Christmas trees, whether crafted or living,
make pleasant household decorations during the holidays. And, for those
without the space or inclination for a full-size tree, a miniature can
serve as the center for gift-giving activities.
The crepe paper tree at right was featured in the
Make-it Book by Barbara Baer, published in 1954.
by Barbara Baer
tree has for an underpinning a 14-inch candle and candle base.
You cut 6 strips of white crepe paper across the fold, each a different
size as follows: 10½ by 52 inches; 8½ by 32 inches; 6 by 24
inches; 4 by 14 inches; 2½ by 9½ inches; and 2 by 6½ inches.
Fold each strip for convenience in
cutting, and pin through the center. Scallop both edges with scissors.
Fold the scalloped edges so that the top scallop meets the dip of the
Affix a star to the center of each scallop, graduating the sizes.
|Gather all the ruffles, slip
spoolwire between each gathered strip, leaving the wire end long enough
to fasten around the trunk.
Cut slits in the cardboard circles so they will fit over the candle.
Cover the candle base with metallic paper.
Place the candle in the base and slip the cardboard circle down the
candle to within 2 inches of the base.
Fasten the largest ruffle around the candle directly
over the circle, which will hold the ruffle out.
Fasten the rest of the circles and ruffles and space evenly.
Place 2 red gummed stars back to back over the candle wick.