Monday, November 28, 2011

A Tree for Every Room: Easy Holiday Tabletop Trees

This weekend, with Thanksgiving behind us, holiday decorations were going up both in homes and outside. Several people headed out to cut down their Christmas trees, and unlike most years, this year it could be done in a light sweatshirt thanks to the warm temperatures here in Maine!  If you aren't quite ready to put up the real tree, these smaller versions are a great start to holiday decorating and are quite easy to create.

Shell Trees
Perfect to use all of those shells collected from the beach this summer.  Incorporate your sea glass pieces for some added color!
You will need:
  • Styrofoam Tree (can be found most craft stores)
  • Shells (from your own collection or can also be purchased at craft stores)
  • Glue Gun & Glue
  • Optional: pearls, beads, sea glass, etc.
  1. Beginning at the bottom, glue each shell into place using the glue gun.  Try using the bigger shells first and then filling in gaps with the smaller shells.  Build layer upon layer until you get to the top.
  2. If desired, glue beads or pearls on top of the shells
  3. Top with a star fish, large shell or ornament.
Cork Trees
Make good use of all the corks saved up from this past weekend, or get the word out now for your friends and family to save you a few!
You will need:
  • 18-24 corks (depending on how big you would like your tree to be)
  • Glue gun and glue
  • A 2" piece of a 2" diameter stick (from your yard) or a cut wooden dowel
  • Acrylic or water based paints
  • Bits and pieces to decorate your trees (ribbon, paper scraps, tacks, buttons etc)
  1. Start with four corks and glue them together to make the base of the tree.
  2. Add five corks to the next level, letting them hang over slightly on each side.
  3. Continue adding four, then three, then two, then one cork to each layer (start with three corks on the bottom for a smaller tree).
  4. Randomly paint the ends as desired.
  5. Decorate with ribbon, fabric, buttons or any notions you may have.
  6. Attach the tree to the 2" base.

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