Holiday special: a newspaper-centric gift guide


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Christmas gift wrapped in newspaper.

Helen Ehrlich and Rhea Braganza

Newspaper wreath
1.) Trace around a plate (circular) to make a base on a sheet of paper
2.) Trace around a smaller plate(circular) onto the center of the first plate you traced
3.) Using a craft blade or scissors cut out the outer circle, then the inner, you can recycle the inner circle, the outer circle will be used for the wreath base.
4.) On a newspaper draw leaf shapes, however many you think is needed for the shape of your wreath
5.) Cut out the leaves, then make a crease down the middle, lengthwise, in order to give your leaves dimension
6.) Once all your leaves are cut out, glue them to your wreath base

Newspaper Tree
*Via Martha Stewart*
1.) To form tree, place 2 pieces of 6-by-6-inch card stock onto spike for stability.
2.) Cut newspaper into 50 sheets of each size:
-6 by 6 inches
-5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
-5 by 5 inches
-4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches
-4 by 4 inches
-3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
-3 by 3 inches
-2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches
-2 by 2 inches
-1 1/2 by 1/2 inch
3.) Cut 25 1-inch sheets of newspaper.
4.) Begin poking pieces of newspaper onto spike in descending order, folding and unfolding each piece of paper using a bone folder.
5.) Spray tree with adhesive and immediately sprinkle with diamond dust. Set aside and let dry for 10 minutes.
6.) Using a hot-glue gun, adhere 2 paper Dresden stars back-to-back to top of tree.

Newspaper nails (for yourself)
1.) Paint your nails white or a pale yellow, pink, etc.
2.) Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol into a cup
3.) Dip each nail into rubbing alcohol for about 5 seconds
4.) Press a piece of newspaper over the wet nail
5.) Peel off the newspaper slowly
6.) Wipe off any excess newspaper with a q-tip
7.) Seal it with a top clear coat

Newspaper tree ornament
*Each tree will need about 45cms of newspaper*
1.) For the stem: cut a strip of newspaper, roughly 14 inches long and fold it 3-4 times to make it stiffer.
2.) Paint the stem in the desired color for the stem of your tree, and cut out a star shape and paint it yellow. Let all paint dry.
3.) Paint strips of paint on the newspaper in lines, let dry.
4.) After the paint dries, cut the newspaper into pieces about 4-5cms wide
5.) Take a wooden pencil and roll the paper around it to make paper straws (make sure you glue the whole straw, not just the end, so when you trim them later they won’t unravel)
6.) Lay down the stem onto a table, and glue the star onto the top of stem.
7.) Cut down the straws so all seven straws line up into a triangle shape and glue straws to the stem, equal distance away from each other. Leave space at the bottom of the stem to show
8.) Apply a little bit glue to the back of the ornament and secure to a hanging ribbon
9.) Hang on your tree!

Newspaper wrapping paper
*Help the environment and wrap your gifts in old newspapers*
Use a bright bow to make it more festive!