Hello, again! We are back to show you the step-by-step method of making Quinland’s fabulous duct tape Christmas trees. First, you need to have a cone the size and shape you would like the tree. Q originally wanted to use a styrofoam cone, but when she found out how much they cost at Michael’s she decided to use a paper cone instead. This cone is just cardstock rolled into a cone shape and taped together.
Each segment of the tree is made out of a small piece of duct tape. (Edited to add: “Tell them that Duck Tape is the best kind of duct tape. Not because we are doing an ad for them. Just because it is.” – Quinland) Rip off a piece that is just slightly longer than it is wide.
Next, flip the tape over, and fold one corner in until it is about 1/8th of an inch from the edge of the tape. Press down firmly.
Then fold the other corner up until its edge is even with the other edge. Press down firmly.
You now have a pointy shape with a sticky section at the top (where Q is holding it). This sticky section will be used to attach the piece to the cone (by pressing down firmly, of course.)
The first row of pieces should hang down below the edge of the cone. As you make more pieces, you will attach them corner to corner along the bottom of the cone. As you can see, this is not an exact science. (Nor, apparently, is my picture-taking. Ack.)
Once you have a row of gold pieces that are corner-to-corner, you will add another set of gold pieces on top of them – at the same level – that will fill in the empty spaces.
Now your first (gold) row is done! You are about to start on row #2, the silver row. Start by making some silver pieces as shown above. Then attach them as you did the gold pieces: first do a row that is corner-to-corner, and then add pieces on top to fill in the gaps. Quinland really does not have any special trick or rule for where you start the rows, so just start them wherever you wish!
Repeat these steps until you reach the top of the cone. As you get closer to the top, you will need fewer and fewer pieces. (This seems obvious, I know, but I got a little too gung-ho on piece making and ended up with far more than I needed.) For the very, very top, Q just used a small piece of unfolded duct tape and smoothed it over the tip of the cone.
You can make these trees in a variety of colors and sizes! Have fun!
- I’m grateful! for getting the chance to visit with Zumu and Zufu (my mom and stepdad) who arrived today for Christmas!
- I’m lighter! I finished up some framing projects tonight which had been on the back burner for weeks. Good job, me!