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13 December 2010 @ 04:56 pm
Cubicle Crafts: Deck the Halls  
'Tis the season for non-denominational holiday decorations!

Last year, one of my coworkers brought in a ton of Christmas stuff - lights and a miniature tree and a zillion decorations, and my main contribution was printing "gift wrap" off and wrapping up empty office supply boxes to put under the little tree. This year, our corporate office came down with a few rules: no lights (fire hazard), no trees (lawsuit hazard, I assume), and no budget. They suggested a "winter theme." (Never mind that evergreen trees are about as winter as you can get in the Northwest.)

After coming up with a few complicated fake-snow ideas, I added a rule for myself: everything would have to be made with available office supplies, because I am too lazy and poor to shop with my own money.

Here are the results!

The Easiest Holiday Office Decoration EVER:

Supplies: Dry-erase board. Dry-erase markers. 5 minutes.

This is barely even a decoration, but people really liked this when they came in this morning, and it made me feel better about the moratorium on fire-starting holiday lights!

3-D Snowflakes:

How-to: Make a 3D Paper Snowflake on wikihow
Supplies: 6 sheets of office paper, scotch tape, stapler, scissors.

Our office's nickname is "The Green Machine" so I had colored printer paper on hand, but white paper is probably just as good for something that's meant to be a snowflake! I put one of these on each panel of our glass front doors as wreath substitutes, and passersby stop to stare at them all day. The tutorial is all "be patient! be patient!" but really it's very fast and simple for how complicated it looks!

Paper Chains: Not Just For First Graders Anymore:

How-to (paper chains): Cut paper into strips. Glue or staple paper in loops, wrapping each new strip through the previous loop before glueing.
Supplies: construction paper (or whatever you have), glue or staples
How to (white ornaments): Modern Paper Ornaments on curbly
Supplies: card stock, paper cutter (or ruler & scissors & patience), binder clips, white glue (hole punch & paper clips for hanging!)

I took an informal poll in my office and we decided that "red and green" as a color scheme was sufficiently secular, especially in the face of other companies on our floor having giant trees with painted ornaments of various saints. The paper chains took a lot longer than I thought they would, but I think it's worth it for the grade-school kitsch - and once I figured out to use a gluestick instead of slower-drying white glue it went a lot faster. I really like the modern ornaments. The admin in Seattle used red cardstock for them which makes them much more visible from a distance, but all I had was white. The paper-clip chains for hanging are the best part.

UPS Envelope Seasonal Art:

How-to: UPS Envelope Art on an earlier Cubicle Crafts post
Supplies: UPS window envelopes, google image search, generic resize/crop image software, legal paper, color printer.

I swapped out my usual office supply art for the company-suggested "winter theme" by google image searching "oregon winter." What did people do before the internet? The mind boggles.

2-D Snowflakes:

How-to: Inspired by How to make 5-Pointed Snowflakes on How About Orange, but mostly for the pictures of her lovely 8-pointed flakes!
Supplies: paper & scissors

The reflection of the artist and one of our motivational posters is just bonus.

Have any creative decorations to share? Please do in comments!
feel: cheerfulcheerful
Lannalanna_kitty on December 14th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Oooooooo those are NEAT snowflakes. and you know what? they look nifty green!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you! I thought so too. Jess had them on orange paper on How About Orange, of course, and I thought it gave it a more professional look. I was doing an elementary-school theme, pretty much, but I wanted an elegant elementary school theme.
miera_cmiera_c on December 14th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I need to start a business so I can hire you to be my admin. :)
Little Red: trek - ani hailing - rightoniconsmylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
PLEASE DO! There would probably be a lot fewer guys going around calling women sweetheart.
Michelle K.jemster on December 14th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Sweetheart? Ugh!!!
Little Red: trek - ani what - rightoniconsmylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
YES! Not only did he say it like twenty times to these two women, but he was doing it while demanding they do stuff for him that he could have looked up himself. And it's not like he's a good old boy or anything either - I don't even think he's 30. Maybe he was doing it ironically? I was just hoping he'd say it to me so I could cut him.
Samin_parentheses on December 14th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
Some people shouldn't be allowed to watch Mad Men because they don't understand that it's not supposed to be a lifestyle guide.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 21st, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
By the way, I love this comment so much that I have been saying this all the time. SO GREAT.
Michelle K.jemster on December 14th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC)
What was their reaction? Did they walk away like I would have? And you should totally cut him. Do you really need him to say anything to you?
Kim's Watermelon Gunkeenween on December 14th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
OMG I was JUST saying to someone yesterday that if I end up working on my own somewhere I would hire you to do admin stuff like whoa
davethedorkygirl on December 14th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Wow, those all look fantastic!
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Thank you!! :)
sobellesobelle on December 14th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
You are awesome!!

(stupid corporate rules)
Little Red: established factmylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
I KNOW! I totally wouldn't have let my Christmas lights start a fire.
fyca: George office boredfyca on December 14th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Guess who's getting an office supply holiday card this year (especially since I know where she lives now)! And I already knew I was going to make it before this post!
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 05:37 am (UTC)
HEE! :-D
Icepixie: [NX] Chris on Christmas Eveicepixie on December 14th, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
ZOMG. The giant green 3D snowflake (is it as giant as it looks?) looks super professional! And the others are all great, too. (Ha, I remember learning to use gluesticks rather than liquid glue when making those...many, many soggy paper chain links later.)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
It's totally as giant as it looks! It was ridiculously fun to make because I was watching it come together and going "OHHHH! I GET IT!" because I couldn't picture it as I went along. :)
stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on December 14th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
I really love the snowflakes! So pretty. The giant one kicks ass as a wreath substitute.
Little Red: sga - arts & crafts - qwirkymylittleredgirl on December 14th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) I have been trying to make this Modern Wreath at home for like two weeks. It is unnecessarily complicated. I should just make one of those stars and stick it on my front door, really.
Michelle Lunsford: Christmasdm_lunsford on December 14th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Love it! Very creative and festive. :)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 21st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
ACcheekygal on December 14th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I love these! I'm going to shamelessly steal your inspiring design and add paper chains, ornaments, and 3-D snowflakes to my entryway. :)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 21st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Hee! Did you steal any of them? :)
anranr on December 14th, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
so. pretty!

I'm constantly impressed by how arts n crafty clever you are! :)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 21st, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
The internet provides much information to make me seem clever! :)
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Little Redmylittleredgirl on December 21st, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
REALLY?? I CAN HAS PICTURE?? I want to see the display!!! :)