the house that ginger built

posted on: December 15, 2010

Brandi had some girls over last night to do a craft and some baking. It was actually really refreshing to steer away from the coffee chat/dinner date to work together on a project.

Here are the instructions to complete the Martha Stewart Magazine Christmas Tree...

All you need is a magazine, but try to pick a merdium sized one. Brandi had a laughing fit when I showed up with an In Style, unaware of what we were using the zines for. Anything in the Vogue/Lucky kind of thickness is perfect.

Bend the spine back before you begin. Then simply fold each page into a triangle as pictured below:

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Now fold each page again exactly the same, but into a thinner triangle:

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The magazine should now fan out like the one in the picture below. The only thing left to do it flatten the bottom so that it can stand like a Christmas tree.

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To do so, fold each little triangle at the bottom into the envelope type opening in between each page. This is displayed on the burgundy coloured magazine page below (above the running shoe page that hadn't yet been folded).

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You now have a Magazine Christmas Tree!

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If you'd like, Brandi took it an extra step and spray painted her Magazine Christmas Tree silver with sparkles and added a red bow. This would make the perfect inexpensive centerpiece at your Christmas dinner.

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After our hard work being mini Marthas, we ate some delicious appetizers that Brandi and Kadie made. We also got to work on some awesome cookie decorating and gingerbread house building. I love Christmas!

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One of my lovely readers Liz made a Magazine Christmas Tree! Check out her craft skills here.

17 comments:

  1. Ginerbread house making is so much fun! I may steal some of your photo's! Merry Christmas, I hope your tree is up on display!

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  2. I love that idea, I actually made one after reading your post, I'll link up to you for sure!
    Now I just need some sweets :)

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  3. Aw I love the Christmasy-ness of this post. I feel like I have barely gotten excited about Christmas!!

    And all that baking made me hungry!
    haha
    xo

    Melissa

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  4. So cute! I love these photos...looks like so much fun! I really need to get going on my Christmas baking. Where has the month gone? I can't believe it's already the middle of December!

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  5. ok, seriously BEST HOLIDAY BLOG POST EVER! hands down! I lovelovelove the magazine christmas tree idea! it's so creative and fun! and simple hahahaha.. and all the goodies you guys made/baked look amazing! i love gingerbread cookies!

    glad to have you back alicia, looking forward to your next outfit post! xo

    www.lemodedujour.com

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  6. Ice Cream Cones as Trees! Genius! I would have never thought of that.

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  7. I love this post, Alicia! It's refreshing to see fun, festive things people do at home.

    Cheers,
    Chloe

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  8. That magazine Christmas tree idea is seriously amazing!!

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  9. I cannot wait to do this, only I can guarantee it will look messier and less fashionable! <3

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  10. oohh i miss my girlfriends with this post! you girls looked like you had a blast doing the martha christmas tree, cool idea:)

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  11. Such an adorable night out with the girls! Decorating cookies is so much better with friends around.

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  12. The silver was a nice added touch to the tree!! I want to have a DIY party!! You guys looked like you had a ball.

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  13. Hey! :) what a cute christmas tree - love it! I think I just may have to try it! Ps: I linked you on my Canadian Bloggers list, just wanted to let you know! Hope you have a great Christmas!

    -Natalie

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  14. Damn! That magazine christmas tree, I was wondering how i would get one this year.... brilliant!

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  15. These pictures are awesome! Looks like a lot of fun.. And the food looks amazing! :)

    KF x

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  16. Ooh what a fun idea for a girls night!

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  17. aww this looks so awesome and fun!!!

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