Monday, December 15, 2014

DIY Decorative Trees


Christmas is only 10 days away…Can you believe it? I'm excited to spend next week with family and friends.  

What would Christmas be without a Christmas tree? Did you know the tradition of the Christmas tree dates back to the 15th or 16th century when devout Christians would bring trees into their homes. During that time period trees would be decorated with fruits, nuts, and other edible treats. Tree decorating today has gotten even more creative and beautiful.  I’ve seen some pretty amazing trees on pintrest as well as in stores and homes.

I recently made some DIY trees using leftover supplies I had from other projects.  I wish I would've taken more pictures because I love the outcome. I didn't know how this project would turn out since I was acting on a whim, otherwise I would have step-by-step photos. I guess my lack of confidence in this project got the best of me.  Here are the "after" pictures and I’ll give you a little synopsis of how they were created.

The Burlap Scrap Tree



For this tree, I cuts pieces of burlap about 3/4 to 1 inch wide by 6 inches long. Note these are estimated measurements and it does not need to be exact. I used four different types of burlap and a styro foam cone that was 10 inches tall. I started from the bottom of the cone and glued strips vertically to the cone. 


The glue was only applied to the top of the burlap scraps to give movement to the bottom. I worked by gluing the pieces to bottom, the middle, and then the top. To finish the project off I glued an ornament on top. 

 Dressed in Burlap tree 


I cut several different lengths of burlap and glued them (with a glue gun) around the 10 inch cone.  I wanted the burlap pieces to go around the cone so I cut the pieces longer to insure they would go all the way around without a gap. 


Twine Wrapped Tree 


To create this tree I wrapped the twine starting from the bottom all the way up to the top occasionally glueing as I went along. I wrapped the cone with a white string and glued a star to the top. 



Hope you have a spicy and magical holiday,
Amanda