Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children's game. Played by folding one's arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

December 22, 2008

A magazine Christmas tree

I didn't mean to. I couldn't resist. You see it was just left here. On the dining table. And frankly - despite my best efforts - I don't seem to have any finished Christmas handicrafts to show you. So I stuck a star atop, whipped out the camera and was all ready to call it my own, when I reconsidered.

What made me pause? A moment of morality? Or perhaps the thought that once you put something on the Internet, there is no going back. That every detail is indexed, cached and crawled. Every plagiaristic detail recorded forever. And that I might eventually ... get caught?

I'll leave you to decide.

In the meantime please admire my sister's handmade Christmas tree. Auntie HB has made this tree from an old glossy magazine. Each page has three folds, that help shape the tree and secure the pages inwards (see below).

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[1.] Open magazine out to centre seam (where the staples are visible). [2.] Fold top right corner inward to magazine centre seam. [3.] Fold the whole page inward once again to centre seam. [4.] Turn up bottom most point of folded page, to level with the bottom edge of the magazine. [5.] Repeat with remaining pages.

I hope there might be time to make a few more of these for the table before the big day. With the magazine supply we have over here at Chez Hoppo Bumpo, there is potential for a veritible forrest by Thursday.


  1. That would be the perfect size for a table centrepiece.

  2. i have seen a lot of these little trees floating around blog land. If I get a spare minute before christmas I may just have to make a couple up.

  3. I love these, I use to make them with my Nan. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. I remember making these in grade 3. Everyone went home with glitter all through their hair that day lol from decorating them


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