Wednesday, November 21, 2012

DIY Xmas Trees

Last week while I was out shopping with my mom, we kept seeing the most beautiful Christmas trees in the stores. There was a particular tree that caught my moms eye. It was covered in gold glitter and beads. So I told her that I could probably make her one.
Fast forward a week and voila... not only did I make her one, I made a forest! Aren't they so pretty? I love the feathered ones, can you tell? LOL

Here are a few pictures I took along the way. 

  1. Using poster size card board, make a tight cone. Start by rolling a small cone in the corner and continue rolling the paper until you achieve the cone width and height you like. 
  2. Hot glue the edge.
  3. Cut off the excess paper until the cone is sitting nice and level.
  4. For the feathered tree, start gluing the feathers on the bottom and work your way up the cone.
  5. For the glittered tree, I first made a shaving cream and glue mix to add texture to my glitter tree. (one part shaving cream to one part glue. I first saw this technique done here. Thanks Brigit!
  6. I then painted on this mixture covering the entire surface. 
  7. Sprinkle on the glitter. It helps to have your glitter in a bottle, much easier to control. FYI this tree took about 24 hours to completely dry!
  8. Styrofoam bead tree, I found this package at the dollar store. Emptied it in a bowl.
  9. Using a paint brush, I painted on my glue and then palmed and pushed the beads on the wet surface with my hand, until the whole cone was completely covered. (Lets just say making this one was kind of a nightmare. The Styrofoam static made the beads stick to everything... I had Styrofoam everywhere! But so worth it. I love the results!

So here is my little forest! LOVE the white with touches of gold. Also, I don't think I spent more than $10 on supplies to make these trees... I think my mom is going to love her new trees as much as I do!

Here is a closer look at the "snowball" tree. Don't they look like little snowballs?

Take a look at the "glittered" tree. Love the texture that the shaving cream mix created!

My favourite,  the "feathered" tree! Looks so elegant and yet the easiest tree I made. To tie them all together I topped them all with the same gold bead.

My "wrapped" tree... Again supper easy and cute!

And here are the trees I kept for myself... I just love how they look in my little wall alcove.

Hope you've enjoyed my tutorial today! The possibilities are endless... now go have fun and make your own. I'm sure they won't be the last I make!

Happy crafting and for all my American friends...
Happy Thanksgiving!

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