Dumpster Fire 2020 Paper Decoration DIY

There is no doubt that 2020 has been one for the books. In red. At best we had to work from home, at worst you lost your job, house or a loved one. You probably homeschooled your kids for a good chunk, and you’re done. Its safe to say that 2020 has been dumpster fire.

I saw some folks selling Christmas decorations “celebrating” this fact, so I decided to make my own. Here’s is my guide to the do it yourself dumpster fire 2020 paper decoratoin.

  1. Download some graph paper and print it out. I used this simple graph paper sheet.

  2. I then sketched it out roughly on plain paper, before transferring it to the graph paper. My scanner is broken so I just took a picture here.

The plan drawn onto graph paper.

Note that when you do this, this is the back/inside, so the graph lines are on the inside. Alternatively you could then transfer this to colored cardstock or other paper.

Also note the placement of the tabs – consider extending them much closer to the end (within a few mm) of each length for better form once glued.

3. Use a ruler and knife to cut out the design.

4. If you have used plain paper, how is the time to start coloring. I used my kids stuff as I don’t typically do coloring…

5. Next step is to assemble the box. I went online looking for a flame for the “Fire” part of the project. I’m not great at drawing so I put a piece of paper over my monitor and lightly traced it on.

6. Put it all together and you are done!

For bonus points, apply a filter before you post it online. If I were doing it again, I would 100% use colored paper for each part.

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