So who has everything done for Christmas? Not me! I had foot surgery Monday and am still in recovery mode! Hopefully I’ll be better in a few days and can get to wrapping presents. I had high hopes of pretty prezzies, but not sure that is going to pan out this year. I’ll let you know if it works out, and I don’t wimp out for gift bags.
If you remember the O’ Christmas Tree post and the Christmas Vignettes post, then you know I promised you a few tutorials. So let’s get with it before I get drowsy from the pain meds. If at any point it doesn’t make sense, it’s probably because the pain meds kicked in and I drifted off while typing.
How about we start with the cotton tree on the left that is in Revyn’s room. I used to do my moms tree like this all the time growing up. Then when George and Laura Bush were in the white house, my mom sent me a newspaper article that was showing them doing this with the white house trees. Boy did I feel important! I was doing this long before the white house. HaHa!
Anyway here is what you need, polyfil and fake snow. This fleck fake snow is so much easier than using angel hair like I used to use. That angel hair used to have my hands and arms all itchy when I got done, but not with this stuff.
Now you need patience! You have to take each tree limb and shape the polyfil to the limb, and then sprinkle on the fleck snow. Once you get one limb done, you just move on to the next limb. It’s better to start at the bottom and move your way up to the top.
It looks like a snow storm dumped snow just on your tree. It is so pretty all lit up, because it has a subtle glow.
Now let’s move to the rag tree on the right. I love, love, love how this tree turned out. It took LOTS and LOTS fabric, and LOTS of time! However, it is so worth it! This tree started with this.
Then G wrapped it in chicken wire for me. The chicken wire went all the way to the top. This just shows you how it starts.
Before G put the wire to the top, he needed to make it into a point. He bent the ends, gathered them up, then wired them together to create the top of the tree. After that he finished wrapping the chicken wire on it.
Now I took the fabric I decided on, tore lots of strips of about 1 to 1.5 inches wide, and then cut them 10-inches long. You probably saw this picture on Instagram when I started this project.
So for the next 5 evenings I tied fabric. I started by randomly tying on the silver, gold, tulle, and burlap strips.
Next was the white fabric, and you just continue tying to the chicken wire to fill it all in. I started with 4 yards thinking that was enough. HaHa, was ever kidding myself. After 2 additional trips to the fabric store, another 10 yards of white fabric, and about 5 evenings, I finally finished. It was a lot of work, but I am totally in love with this tree!
I know you might not have time to do these trees this year, but maybe you can pin them for ideas for next year. Heck, you may need to start early on the tomato cage tree so it will be ready for Christmas next year. It takes a little time, but is so worth it. I enjoy being creative and adding a little something extra to our decor each year.