How to Turn Paper into a DIY Holiday Tree
It’s almost tree time! And while we’re not busting out your holiday decor just yet, we are pinning like crazy to gather inspiration for this year’s holiday season. One thing we like to revisit each year is all the different ways you can decorate for the holidays, even if you live in a small apartment or studio. Enter: The Wall Tree It’s a project we recreate year in and year out, and this year’s first holiday tree hack is easier,quicker and more colorful than ever.
Now, about that tree ;)
– cardstock in various colors (8 1/2 x 11 inch)
– for decor: string lights! (shop these + more right here)
– painter’s tape
– paper cutter
First, choose cardstock colors. Then the key is creating a guide (made out of tape) on your paper cutter to make sure you cut perfect triangles every time.
For 8 1/2 x 11-inch cardstock, the first thing to do is mark the 5 1/2-inch point and cut your paper in half.
Then, fold that paper in half lengthwise to mark the center point. You can also simply measure 2 1/4 inches in from the end. Slide the paper under your paper cutter guide. Line up the center point you’ve just marked with the top right corner of your cardstock.
Use painter’s tape to create a corner guide on the paper cutter, so you don’t have to fold in half or measure for all the rest of your triangles. Voila!
Then you simply line up the bottom corner with the top left one and cut again.
And just like that, a perfect isosceles triangle is born.
Put on a playlist or podcast, and cut tons of triangles!
Then lay them out to figure out your design. We decided to go with the ultra-layered look.
Place a piece of tape on the back of each triangle.
Attach to the wall. And repeat. And repeat, repeat, repeat!
Make sure everything is lined up just how you like it. Oh, and it’s definitely time to put your party dress on.
And you’re almost done. Now, we just need a string of lights! We used a strand of Snowflake String Lights ($28) to trim our tree. A snow-covered tree, even in sunny Cali ;)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!