Okay, so as I try to chill on the couch (boring and making me heftier by the minute), I roam Pinterest and blogland looking for inspiration for..well..anything. On my internet adventures I have found a couple of relatively easy paper folding/cutting projects that reel you in and make you want to be a better person. Um, that last part may or may not be true. They definitely make me want to be better at making paper things. Which will hopefully make me a better person. Or a worse person because now I'm addicted to making paper things. Try not to over analyze it.
First up- the paper snowflake. I really thought these would be so simple. I mean, aren't the kids coming home from preschool with them? After looking at lots of tutorials and much trial and error, I am convinced that preschoolers are geniuses. My hangup has always been with the folding- like how in the heck do you get a 6 pointed flake instead of 4? I wish I understood it well enough to explain it. I'm still pleasantly surprised every time it works. I ended up loosely following these instructions [Confession- reading instructions puts me to sleep, so I looked at the pictures (which was not super helpful), and kept telling Oliver, "I think I got it now!" Only to open up a third of a snowflake.] But I know you are so good at reading and comprehending instructions. Go.
Disclosure: I used white printer paper and I didn't follow their cutting pattern. So basically I took from this how to get 6 points. Tha's it and tha's all.
Next up- the trees. Actually much easier than the flakey flakes. Here you go:
The difficult part is at the beginning, steps (1) and (4), (5) and (6), where the folded part has to be opened and folded inside. This is repeated three more times. When you are ready with the one side, turn the form and repeat the steps again.
Cut the lower part with scissors.
Make 5 symmetrical cuts at the two sides and start folding one after another, and your fir tree is ready.