These trees were made in a two step process. The first night that I worked on them was also when I was working on the Christmas ball wreath. Since I had the glue gun out, I figured I'd do as much as I could with it at once. Which explains why some of these pictures have ornaments in the background.
I had a bunch of leftover corks from my "Christmas 2011 Insane Cork Project" so I didn't need to get anything new for this project. Another free craft, woohoo! So what you will need is:
- Glue gun
- Craft paint in assorted colours
- Paper plate
I played around with the shape a bit. The above picture shows how the Pinterest trees looked. But after asking for Dan's opinion, we decided we didn't really like that weird bottom look. So I added a couple more corks to make it more of a triangle and I am pleased with how they turned out. Here are my three trees all glued and ready to be decorated.
|Yes, I chose that page of the flyer purposefully. :P|
That is where I ended night #1. I decided to save the decorating for another night and I'm glad I did. It gave me time to think about how I would decorate them and where I would find the supplies. Plus, it was nice to start refreshed and not annoyed and impatient.
Night #2 involved paint, ribbon, buttons and glue. Oh, and chips. Can't forget the chips! (Kate, if you're reading this, I'm sorry for flaunting my yummy chips again)
|My paint collection|
While they were drying, I glued buttons and pieces of ribbon onto my trees. Then I moved onto my creative painting skills. Kidding! I really had no idea what I was doing but it worked. This is what my painters pallette looked like.
I had a lot of fun and am completely delighted with my little cork trees. Like almost giddy. Every time I look at them I smile really really big. Do they have the same effect on you?
I put them on a small table in our living room so they are nice and prominent. Dan loves them too. :P Although he did mention I was kind of pushing the "no Christmas decorations before December 1st" rule. Oops!