"O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree!
Thy leave are so unchanging!"
But that doesn't mean your trunk can't change!
I made a pretty paper tree and now I'm trying to decide what to use as her base. Here are the contenders :
The tree itself was pretty easy to make. For the leaves I used plain ole' computer paper, soaked in coffee and then put in the oven on low heat for a couple hours to dry out.
I then cut my paper into strips and used pinking shears on the ends.
For the tree form I used a piece of poster board rolled into a cone shape and then trimmed the bottom so it was all even.
Then I just used my hot glue gun to glue the "leaves" to my cone, starting at the bottom and working my way up.
Here she is with all of her leaves on. Ain't she perdy?
I definitely like her as is but then I got to thinking, "what if...?" So here she is sitting on top of a hurricane vase...
(I know her "leaves" look longer in this picture and that's because when I was originally gluing them on, I was curling them around a pen. But once I had the cone covered I wasn't so crazy about all the curls so I gave her a haircut.)
Yup, still lovin' her but then I thought since I am trying to go for a rustic-ish theme this year maybe I could use a branch as her trunk.
So I covered a terra-cotta pot with my trusty hemp rope which was inspired by this project I had fallen in love with from Michelle at Sweet Something Design, cut a branch down and grabbed some syrofoam from a past project I had laying around.
I placed the branch in the pot and then broke off pieces of the styrofoam and packed it around the branch.
Then all I did was place my tree on top of the branch. I planned on gluing reindeer moss on top of the foam but I kinda like how it looks like snow.
This look is definitely more rustic but I think if I choose this look I will need to cut her "trunk" down a little more.
So there you have it! One pretty tree, three fabulous looks. Now I just need to make a decision on which one I like best. What do you think?
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