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Pine Cone Christmas tree continued:
How to make the Christmas Presents

This is a continuation of the Pine Cone Christmas tree project. In this part of the tutorial I show you how to make some terrific little christmas presents to go under the tree. If you came directly to this page you can see the tutorial on how to make the pine cone christmas tree here.


The presents

Let's make some presents. And you don't have to just make square packages. Have fun with this and make gift bags and other things too..

You can see in the picture here a nice variety of gifts, bows, bags, and even envelopes. Nice!!


I will give you some tips on how to make presents like these.

The various presents



Carving the Foam

For the traditional boxes of presents simply carved some foam to the desired shape. You could use just about anything including bits of cardboard or even clay shaped into boxes.


Paper as gift wrapping

For the most part the best thing for this kind of project is patterned paper. I have all kinds of different patterns that I can use. You can use real wrapping paper or even cut snippets from magazines and flyers to give you some great colors and patterns.


A miniature gift bag

The piece of patterned paper shown above was perfect to make a miniature shopping bag. Add a little bit of wire for the handle.


Wire as a bow

And a little bit of wire makes a terric bow and ribbon on a present.


Foil paper strips

Cut some strips of foil paper or silver colored paper and you have some great ribbon.


Gold foil

Some gold foil wrapped around a cylineder of rolled paper makes a great wine holder. A bit of wire is perfect for the handle.


Wire handle

A little bit of copper wire is perfect for the handle.


Trim gold paper

I glued a piece of gold paper to the bottom of the wine holder then cut it to shape. You can see that I originally made the container out of foam then I covered it with the gold paper.


And there you go. The completed presents under the pine cone christmas tree. And you can also see the envelope that was made out of gold paper.

Presents under the pine cone tree



The Art of The Miniature

For anyone who adores the art of creating small things, The Art of the Miniature provides a treasure trove of practical techniques and ingenious approaches. In this captivating guide, noted artist Jane Freeman shows readers, step by step, how to use modified kit components and found and handmade objects to create intensely detailed miniature constructions. Readers will learn the entire process of creating a miniature room, structure, or landscape, from selecting a container to choosing the subject, approach, and style. Page after page of wonderful, full-color examples display painstakingly accurate "portraits" of interiors and buildings (like a Hollywood studio and a trendy New York City retail store), imaginary opera sets (Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute) and even the studios of famous artists. The book also features the inspirational work of several other leading miniatures artists, including Susan Leopold, David Levinthal, Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs, and Alan Wolfion.

Book on miniatures

How to make miniatures book


Book on ornaments

Christmas Ornaments to Make