Big thanks to Steph at Silver Boxes blog for sharing her idea, you can see her post here.
Once I gathered my supplies I started with the distressing. I just wiped the spool edges on the ink pad, and then I used a small brush wiped on the ink pad, then on the spool to fill in any places that weren't reached and looked kinda stark.
All distressed out and drying!
Then I cut paper strips to fit on the spools and hot glued them as I spun the paper around the spool.
All glued together! I used the tacky glue for this part and let them dry a few hours.
Hanging out to dry!!
I assembled them with hot glue, added some baker's twine to the trunk spool and star at the top and I was done!! I made all three in a short amount of time, I was doing lots of things in between so it's hard to say exactly how long it took, but it really was a no stress fun project.
I think the lucky recipients will love them, don't you?!?!
I hope you're inspired to make a few to give away!