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Roll up! Crochet newspaper tree

crochet newspaper tree

This is a piece I made a few years ago for a contest on Craftster.org

I tore strips of newspaper and twisted them to make a rough yarn, but not really spun. I joined the ends by twisting them together as I worked, without using glue as I was worried the damp would weaken the paper. The trunk is worked in single crochet, with increases made by eye.

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The branches are the exception to the ‘no glue’ rule. The base is florists wire, with several pieces twisted together to form thicker parts. I wrapped thinner strips of paper around the wire base, and secured them with a dab at glue on the ends.

This tree was great fun to make, and I’m pleased to say it won! Newspaper is a bit of a challenge, but I found that once you have the tension right it’s a straightforward medium, although you end up filthy with newsprint!