Thursday, November 11, 2010

north carolina and a paper tree thing

well, hello there.  fancy seeing you here.  how was everyone's week?

i spent the weekend in north carolina, at a gorgeous wedding.  a giant group of us flew in from minneapolis and texas, the bf flew down from boston to meet us, and we all had ourselves a fantastic time.  we also ate an incredible amount of food.  a pretty disgusting amount of food, actually.  it was glorious.  the wedding was awesome.  one of the highlights (and there were many) was the fact that everyone got krispy kreme donuts as wedding favors!  donuts and a dance floor?  yes please.
at the reception, the father of the bride gave our group a shout out. well, less of a shout out and more of an outright challenge. he thanked everyone for coming, and looked around. 

father of the bride: now, how many of you guys flew in from minneapolis?
~20 of us: *obnoxious cheering*
father of the bride: ah.
then he grinned and threw down the gauntlet.
"so i heard you guys like to party..."

well then. 

never ones to disappoint, we promptly proved the rumors true. while i'd like to say that the rest of the night was incredibly memorable, the fact is that for some of was not. good times all around!
also, north carolina was beautiful, but one of the best parts of our visit was the address to our hotel:


so, i've been in a tree making mood lately, and thought i'd share a tree-like paper-thing that i've been making randomly for as long as i can remember. it's very strange actually. i honestly cannot remember a time when i didn't know how to make these things.
they kind of look like three dimensional snowflakes. but more tree-like. and it's not like these things are extremely useful, or will add any sort of value to your lives, but i'm going to share it with you guys anyway. take that!

onwards! to the paper tree-thing tutorial!

a square piece of paper
a ruler
a mechanical pencil stolen from a shell oil recruiting event about six hundred years ago
(if you don't have one of these, you can substitute in another writing utensil. if you must.)
a pair of scissors

1. take your square piece of paper and fold it diagonally, into an isosceles triangle.
yes folks. this is a lesson in paper tree-thing making and geometry.
you're welcome.

2. next, fold your triangle in half again.

3. then bust out your ruler and pencil. with the folded corner of the triangle away from you, draw horizontal lines across the paper, alternating the sides of origin of each line.
that sentence even felt ridiculous as i typed it, but i can't think of a better way to say it.
picture reference time:

4. now, using your scissors, cut along the lines you've just drawn.

5. open up your triangle like a book.

6. now open the triangle again by grabbing the bottom corner and opening it up.

7. fold up the innermost baby triangles that you cut:

8. hold onto the baby triangle tabs you've just folded up, and gently pull the shape up while using one hand to pull down on the outside of the square.
there are no pictures of this step because i am not an octopus and i don't have eight arms with which to manipulate paper shapes and take pictures whilst delicately pulling.
tragic, really.

ta-da! this is what you should end up with.
if yours does not look like this, well, that sucks.

unless it looks better than this.
in which case, you win.

k computer battery is dying.  g'night.



Ashley said...

I have the same pencil! I must have nabbed it from Alan years ago and claimed it as my own. See you in a couple weeks!

Anji* said...

Sounds like you had a blast..
I like that paper tree thing! must try a few, my kids would like to make those too :)

BellsInSpires said...

hi ash! i can't wait to see you guys! get ready to eat; i'm planning on gaining 15 pounds in two days.
hi anji! yes, i bet your kids would really enjoy making these things...they are super easy!

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