Terry Grant here. One year I became obsessed with cutting paper trees to decorate our house. I had small children and plenty to do, but once I got this idea I could barely wait for a few moments to grab my papers and scissors and begin cutting. No two were alike Here are a few of the trees I made:
Want to know how to make one? First pick some nice firm, but not too thick paper that is opaque white. Standard sketchbook paper works well. Printer paper is a little too floppy. Card stock is too hard to cut—you'll be cutting 4 layers together. You need a pair of small scissors with a sharp point on at least one blade. I like a pair of bandage scissors given to me long ago by a nurse friend.
Start with two sheets of paper and lay one atop the other, then fold down the center lengthwise. Then take the paper to your sewing machine and using white thread, sew along the fold line through both sheets.
If you have used a tracing paper pattern, after you have cut the tree out, carefully tear the tracing paper away from the stitched line and discard. Now your tree is clean and free of any pencil marks.
Carefully open up the tree so the four identical sections form an X.
Wishing you all a joyous season—