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Everyone loves the holidays! Good friends, good food and festive decorations. But a lot of those decorations eventually end up in a landfill -- outliving us and our great great great grandchildren. So I made my first green tree out of newspaper. Hope you can too!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You'll need 3-4 issues of your local paper. I used ones that open up like a book. A pair of scissors, masking tape and a tall lamp. This one is a cheap one from Ikea that we already had in our living room.

Step 2: Make Support Poles

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These poles help make the structure of the tree.

1. Take a sheet of paper and lay out on ground.
2. Roll one corner between your finger tips.
3. Continue to roll, keeping it nice and tight.
4. Use the palms of your hands to roll until you reach the end of the paper.
5. Tape the end to secure.

Tadah! The paper pole. You will need to make about 25 of these.

Step 3: Make the Skeleton of the Tree

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1. Tape two poles together and attach to the top of the lamp. Do this three times. Space evenly.
2. Tape five poles together and start to shape into a circle. Tape to poles attached to lamp.
3. Tape four poles together and repeat last step. (Again with three and two.)
4. Take three poles and tape to the top of the lamp.
5. Take the ends of each pole and tape together for the tip of the tree.
6. Shape one last pole into a circle and tape near the tip.

Note: I added extra support on the bottom by attaching a pole with tape and taping it to the biggest ring. I also ended up adding a few more circular rings to space out evenly.
my 9 lives4 years ago
I haven't bought a x-mas tree for years. This year I think we will have one thanks to you:)
appmobile4 years ago
Thanks you! 
Goislesgo4 years ago
 I wouldn't put Christmas lights on that, or you might be recreating the scene from Christmas Vacation!  XD
C_love_J4 years ago
Awesome Tree!! Looks cool & easy to recycle! Would love for this tree to win!! :)
Best tree ever!
katmckee4 years ago
I love your Christmas / HOliday postcard and project!!
bonnibel (author)  katmckee4 years ago
Thanks!
tankguy4 years ago
Very cool , does it look cool if you turn the lamp on?
bonnibel (author)  tankguy4 years ago
Good question! I figured other people might be curious, so I've added a photo on step five. I think it looks pretty cool :)
rimar20004 years ago
bonnibel, can you make a nice tree with this method?
bonnibel (author)  rimar20004 years ago
Yes. Actually, depending on how you define nice. I define nice by the love you put into it and if it brings a smile to the faces of friends and family. By that definition, I think this is a very nice tree.
Very good response, bonnibel.

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thepelton4 years ago
If you want to add lights, try LED lights.  They don't emit a noticeable amount of heat, and don't use as much power as standard old filament bulbs.
bonnibel (author)  thepelton4 years ago
Thanks! I'll keep that in mind.
what happens when someone plugs in the lamp, will it catch on fire?
bonnibel (author)  thematthatter4 years ago
I think it depends on your lamp. It actually looks great without turning on the lamp. I've turned mine on a couple of times and no fires. It could have something to do with the style of my lamp and that two of the three light bulbs are out :) I would recommend that people use their best judgment for safety.