I love trees of all sorts so it is no wonder I have a selection of trees for decorations and ornaments over the Christmas season.
The first is a nice simple stitching project using green yarn, plastic canvas and sequins.
- Using 7 count plastic canvas cut a piece 17 holes by 26 holes and then cut out the pattern
- Stitch the base in brown or all green
- stitch the star in gold
- stitch the remainder of the tree in green
- stitch on sequins for a sparkly look
Add a magnet to the back and decorate your fridge for Christmas. You could also stitch on a loop through the top of the star and hang it from the tree. This tree is about 10 cm. or 4 in tall.
The next little project is easily made from some garden twigs. These twig trees are great for the natural look to your gift boxes. You can vary the size depending on the size of the box you have.
- cut the twigs into varying lengths and laid them on top of each other to make the tree shape
- glue onto box
- add a star bead
I had lots of fun making these button trees after finding them at a craft sale a couple of years ago. These are about 5 cm or 2 in. tall.
- 10 buttons with holes instead of shanks in varying sizes that stack together in a triangular shape
- be colourful or all green for tree and brown for trunk
- needle and fishing line to string them together
- add a loop at the top to hang
These are cute “tree”mendous decorations. You can use them to hang on the tree, or hang on handles or door knobs. You could even stitch them onto a long ribbon and make bunting or a garland.
- Cut three squares – one 3 inch, one 2.5 inch and one 2 inch from the fabric.
- Fold each square to form a triangle.
- Cut a triangle piece of quilt batting slightly smaller than each of the fabric triangles and pin it inside each triangle.
- Sew each triangle shape closed.
- Glue coloured bead ribbon or coloured cord along each edge and a sequin star at the top.
Now it is time to glue it all together. Place the biggest triangle on the bottom add the second and overlap the base onto the point just a bit, and then the smallest triangle on the top. Make a loop out of ribbon and it is ready to hang.
This is a little tree (about 18 cm or 6 in. tall) made out of strips of material, a twig and a pipe cleaner. You need 18 to 20 strips of material in any greens that you have, a twig about 6 inches long, and some pieces of gold or silver pipe cleaner. Start at the bottom of the twig and tie the strips onto it. Trim with pinking shears into the tree shape and add the star at the top. Add a loop to hang as an ornament, or poke into a plant for a plant poke. Be sure to use a longer twig if you want it to be a plant poke. I use this one with my village and use an empty cotton reel for the base. If you are careful you could use a cinnamon stick for the trunk and you would get a nice scent from them.
The festive season is coming … and it will be here before you know it.
Make some memories and make them homemade.
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