It's just an accident that the tempo for my paper Christmas cone is "Agitato", the Italian term for music to be played quickly, with agitation and excitement. But what better a description for the way the holiday season itself plays out?
I didn't really notice what was written on my snippet of sheet music at first because I was busy tearing paper like a fourth grader. It's what I'm into this season. Eagerly playing with paper scraps for a few quick and easy projects, and with even a bit of agitation thrown in. Agitato! But the end result is that I think I have designed my prototype for a perfectly splendid holiday paper cone.
I owe the French/Nordic tradition of Jeanne d'Arc Living publications for the inspiration this year. I thought I only loved the look, but it turns out that there is this highly appealing folksy approach and simplicity about it. The projects are as relaxed and easy as a paper cone. And best of all? . . . . You cannot get it wrong. . .
Mine started like this. Very plain. A sheet of card stock paper rolled into a cone shape. Stapled at the top and taped at the bottom. I covered mine with player piano paper from a roll, and tied a ribbon around the middle to keep the cone from gaping half way down, but a spot of glue from a glue gun would take care of that.
Trims are from the bridal department of the craft store because I like white and wanted something fancy.
A scrap of tulle ribbon.
Mr. Cottage loved it with the evergreen sprigs in it and tried to dissuade me from making it any fancier, but it didn't photograph well enough. (Agitation.) And I had something glitzier in mind! (Excitment!)
Tinsel, a snippet of stamped paper, a bit of vintage sheet music, and voila! I can't wait to make a hundred different more! Just think of the wonderful vintage trinkets and treats you could tuck inside!
A little French lace makes the perfect backdrop. . .
I hope you're up to something cheery too!
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