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how to decorate the tree for (almost) free
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crane made from leftover wrapping paper
more about the tree and to check out some of the decorations up
close, click on any box in the image at left.
|As a kid, I can remember
watching my friends gleefully tear open their presents and feeling a
mixture of simultaneous horror and fascination at the ever-growing
mountain of crumpled and shredded paper.
| In my house, wrapping paper was
meant to be reused, and from an early age, my mom taught us to carefully
run our fingertips between the tape and the paper, and gently pry loose
the gift while leaving the paper intact. Old habits die hard, and to
this day, I can't stand to waste perfectly good used wrapping paper --
which is why I have piles and piles of neatly folded, gently creased,
slightly marred paper from holidays and birthday celebrations past. Old
paper can be used to wrap future gifts, of course, but it also makes a
fine -- and free! -- source for crafting origami ornaments. Just cut up
the paper into squares between 4" and 7" wide -- I like to have
a range of sizes at my disposal to give my ornaments a little more
variety. The crane fold is a very pretty and classic shape (check out
from sadako.com); once you've finished the bird, just tie a little loop
of ribbon, thread or cording at the neck, and you're ready to hang it
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