Saturday, December 10, 2011

How to make super cute mini trees!

I have been admiring all of the super cute mini Christmas trees everyone has been showing during the link parties. I have looked at these lovely tutorials and thought hmmm.... I can do that!

I, of course, did not take into account that most other people are super talented and coordinated and know how to do this without gluing their fingers together...repeatedly. o.O

Oh well. Trial and error, right?

So, if you are capable of using glue and not sticking your fingers together at the same time, this craft is for you!

I bought three styrofoam trees from the dollar tree, along with three red and green braided strands of garland for this project. (As well as all of the other goodies you see above, but those are for another project!)

I did the first tree with tacky glue, which did a decent job, but it took a while to dry (note: it does dry clear!). I simply did a line of glue around the tree and then wrapped one layer at a time.

The second tree I used the glue gun, but it A) quickly ran out of glue sticks and B) got hot glue onto my hands. Ow!

The third tree I tried super glue... yeah, not my brightest idea since I quickly glued my fingers together. Several times. Just call me "Sticky fingers".

I think the glue guns are the best way to go, just make sure you have enough sticks on hand when you start.

It also did not occur to me until the 3rd tree that I did not need to put glue all over the entire tree, a dot a layer would work just fine.

Oh, hindsight!

However, I am very, very pleased with the outcome.

To top the tree I simply pulled the tip of the mini ornament and then jammed it inside the top of the tree.

I am so happy with how this turned out. Cost is $2.25 a tree. Well worth the investment and I know I will use these in years to come.




Sharing at the usual party places as linked on my link party page, as well as:

Today's Creative Blog
Snap, Craft & Blog
The Shady Porch

Tip Junkie handmade projects

10 comments:

  1. I love them they are adorable. Thank you for sharing I am going to give them a go. I will follow on my way out so as I can come back and visit again. I hope you will find the time to come visit my place and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  2. Very cute idea!! Thanks so much for linking up!!

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  3. How fun are these? Cute, simple and fun holiday craft!

    Visiting from Nifty Thrifty Thursday!

    Megan
    http://megschmitt-neveradullday.blogspot.com/

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  4. This is awesome. I'm a new follower. Stop by and enter to win my Heirloom ornament...today is the last day to enter. Warm wishes

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  5. Love your trees! I made something similar with those same trees and some bead garland. I am a new follower visiting from Hope Studios. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  6. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday, hop to see you again this Saturday
    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

    Natasha xx

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  7. Love, love, love! The trees are adorable! Thank you for sharing!
    CAS

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  8. These are lovely. Will add them to my Xmas make list for next year.

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  9. What a marvelous idea! LOVE this! Thanks for linking it up to my blog!

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  10. Hi Jennifer, your trees are adorable. You did such a pretty job with them. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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