Introduction: A Wooden Christmas Tree Sending in an Envelope

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Are you sad about sending the same christmas cards every year, then we have a special selfmade one for you.

Step 1: You Will Need

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For this card you will need:
  • plywood (3mm)
  • laser cutter (or a jigsaw)
  • computer with a graphic program
  • colored paper
  • envelope

Step 2: Design the Tree

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You can design your own tree, or use the attached SVG file.
The hole (blue in our sketch) of the pieces must have the same width as the thickness of the plywood.
If you will use other than 3mm thick wood you must correct it.

After that we put the pieces in a rectangular shape with the dimension of a postcard (A6 in germany).

Step 3: Cut the Plywood

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We have the luck that we can use a lasercutter, so we don't need a jigsaw or a scrollsaw.



Step 4: The Inner Envelope

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If you put the pieces back in the rectangle and in the envelope, they would fall out and could break. So we made a inner envelope.

We print out some stars and a text on a colored piece of paper and cut it a little bit smaller like the width of the postcard. (our text means: open here and put together)

Than you wrap it close around the woodcard and stick the ends together.

Step 5: Put It in the Envelope

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Now you can make an individual text on an papercard and put it all together in an colored envelope.

And now, there is no hint outside that there is an wooden christmastree inside. The recipient of the card would be surprised :-)

And the postoffice would make no trouble, cause the weight is just 25gramm.

We hope you enjoy it.
greetings from germany

the lighttames

Comments

woelfwynde (author)2011-05-01

You could also try making it with cardboard or cardstock paper.

Computothought (author)2010-09-19

Cool.

AngryRedhead (author)2009-12-22
REALLY cute idea!  Love it!  Over here in the States, it would be considered "non-machinable" because it wouldn't be flexible and would potentially get torn to bits in the sorting machines.  I unhappily found this out with my Save the Date cards and had to pay extra for the hand sorting for every single one.  Still, for such a cute card, it might well be worth it!
 
jeff-o (author)AngryRedhead2010-02-24

What if it were shipped in a bubble mailer?  I suppose that would cost more, too.

AngryRedhead (author)jeff-o2010-02-24
A bubble mailer would probably be the ideal way of sending these.  However, bubble mailers are considered "packages", so you'd pay for that, too.
 
pumpkinpuddle (author)2009-12-29

Awesome idea, thanks! Hmm, off to research laser cutters...

rocketsurgery (author)2009-12-29

Great idea, nice make!

thepelton (author)2009-12-23

Neat!  It's too late for this year, but a neat idea to store away for next Christmas. (2010)

crapflinger (author)2009-12-22

i REALLY need a laser cutter....it really would complete my life

kissiltur (author)crapflinger2009-12-23

hear, hear! So many of the projects I want to work on would be easier with such a device.

Kiteman (author)2009-12-23

That's really nice.

You could send it to children and include a pack of pens or small pots of paint and glitter.

ChrysN (author)2009-12-22

Great idea!

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