Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Holiday Crafts And Décor Using The Trees In Your Backyard

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to think about the décor that’ll soon adorn your home. Rather than spending money on new ornaments, table centers, wreathes and other decorative items, consider making them yourself using a great resource that exists in your very own backyard – trees!

Knockoff Pottery Barn Pine Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments

You will need:
  • Pine cones (various sizes)
  • Silver or gold glitter
  • Crystal color filler
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Twine
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks

  1. Use a piece of cardboard or something solid and strong that you wouldn’t mind getting glitter and spray adhesive on.
  2. Set your pine cones out on the surface and ensure they are evenly spaced.
  3. Spray your pine cones with the spray adhesive. You may need to pick them up to get all around the pine cone evenly. Apply as much or as little spray adhesive as you’d like.
  4. Next, begin sprinkling your glitter all over the pine cones. Again, you may need to pick up the pine cone to make sure you get glitter in all of the nooks and crannies.
  5. Let pine cones sit and dry for about 5 minutes.
  6. Your next step is to spray the pine cones again with spray adhesive and then take a pinch full of crystal color fill and sprinkle them over your pine cone. You can add them to just the tops or the edges or do it however you chose.
  7. Let the pine cone dry completely – preferably overnight.
  8. Using hot glue, apply a glob to the top or bottom of your pine cone.
  9. Take a piece of twine and attach it to the pine cone, creating a loop to hang on your tree.

Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder

You will need:
  • Autumn leaves of all colors
  • Mason jar
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush

  1. Make sure the mason jar is completely clean. Wiping it with rubbing alcohol will ensure it is free of any grime or grease, which could cause the leaves to not stick. Also make sure your leaves are loose/flexible – stiff, crinkly leaves will not stick to the jar properly.
  2. Dip your brush into the mod podge and paint a thin layer on one side of the jar. Once the layer becomes sticky, begin placing your leaf on the layer. Start in the center of the leaf and then push your way out to the edges with your fingers.
  3. Layer more leaves on top, filling the jar with as many as you desire.
  4. Once all the leaves are on, it will take a few hours to dry completely.

Twig Wreath

You will need:
  • Twigs – as many as you can find!
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flat circle wreath form
  • Any other decorative items you’d like to adorn the wreath with – ribbon, bows, etc.

  • Cut/break the branches into 8-10 inch strips.
  • Add the first layer of branches and hot glue them to the inner circle of the wreath form.
  • Continue adding layers until you have the shape/thickness level you desire.

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