You may remember from my previous post that I was working on tidying up our basement. Well I must have done a good job on that, because Greg finally lifted my tag sale and Put & Take ban which was going on for 5 months now. YAY! Happy days are ahead :-) In his defense, winter is almost here. So he lifted the ban knowing that tag sale season is pretty much over and even Put & Take is not that bountiful…or so he thought! Hehehehe ;-)
After the ban was lifted, we went to Put & Take, and I found a big faux Christmas tree with a note saying that it was missing quite a lot of parts. I also found these cheap plastic curtain rod finials. One of them was broken, and the curtain rod wasn’t even there. I guess someone must have picked it and didn’t want to bother him/herself with the broken finials.
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
Despite Greg’s efforts to keep me from taking them by pointing out the missing and the broken parts, they both came home with us. I am not sure what was worse for him: trying to fit that big tree box in the already-full cargo area of our car, or realizing that no snow, no rain, or no cold will ever stop me from finding the coolest things at Put & Take. LOL. On the bright side, he was pretty happy with my crafting performance, since none of these finds had the chance to see our basement, as they were put to good use straight away.
You’ll be seeing how I used the poor old Christmas tree in my next post, but here is how I used the curtain rod finials.
Pretty cool, right? Okay, now you might be thinking, “how am I supposed to find an unused curtain rod finial to make these trees?” Don’t worry! As long as you have some crafting wire and some aluminum foil, you are covered. So let’s start making some whimsical tabletop Christmas trees, shall we?
Apart from the curtain rod finials, I used a hot glue gun, Styrofoam cone forms (or you can use a paper-mache one like I did with one of them), some aluminum foil and thick craft/floral wire, an old faux pine garland, 2 white feather boas from the Dollar Store and some sheet moss I had on hand.
First, I started with the moss tree by hot gluing the broken curtain rod finial on the paper-mache cone form.
Then, I started hot gluing the sheet moss around the cone. Using my snips, I cut the excess parts, and carried on hot gluing the sheet moss until the cone and the curtain rod finial were totally covered with moss.
If you are wondering how to make the two-way branched-out shape like my curtain rod finial had, have no worries ...as Hometalk posts are limited with 15 pictures only I couldn't fit all those pictures here. But YOU CAN FIND the STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL BY CLICKING HERE.
Now that you know where to find all the details, let’s move on to the feather tree. I used a 15 inch white Styrofoam cone for the feather one, only because I was using white feathers, and I wanted it a bit tall. Starting from the bottom of the cone, I hot glued my feather boa around the cone all the way up to the top.
Once I reached the top, I cut some craft wire around 8-9 inches long and inserted it in the top-center part of the foam (as seen in the picture below). I made sure at least an inch of the craft wire was in the Styrofoam cone.
Next, I took some aluminum foil and folded it in two. I put some hot glue on the folded edge and pressed the aluminum foil to the top part of the Styrofoam cone, so it would be glued in place. Once the aluminum foil was glued to the Styrofoam cone, I started wrapping and crumbling the aluminum foil around the craft wire to give it a kind of gnome hat shape.
Once I was finished correcting the shape to my desire, I cut the excess floral wire and created a small loop at the end. The loop was so I could hang an ornament or star from it.
Last but not least: my favorite whimsical tabletop Christmas tree!
For this one, I again chose a Styrofoam cone and an old faux pine garland. I started off by flattening the garland. This was so I could easily see its stem (the main wire in the center), as I was going to hot glue the garland from the stem. Every faux pine garland should have a short metal wire on each end. I picked my flattened garland from one end and inserted that metal wire part into the Styrofoam cone. I did this to have a strong starting point, as I was going to wrap and hot glue the garland around the cone.
Next, I started hot gluing the garland’s stem onto the Styrofoam cone.
Now here is a hint for you which might ease the hot gluing process: as my garland was very old, hot gluing it from its spine on a Styrofoam cone was not easy. It kept bending in such weird ways, as if it didn’t want to be glued to the cone. Hence, I had to keep pressing and waiting until the hot glue dried properly and held the garland in place.
As I have very little patience for that kind of thing, right after the first “waiting for the hot glue to dry” period, I decided to use some wire staples. I cut several small pieces from the floral wire and bent them in two to form staples. While hot gluing the garland, these wire staples were keeping the garland’s stem in its place.
With the pin solution, my hot gluing process went faster, and with only 4 rows, I finally reached the top of the Styrofoam cone. Since I wanted my tree to have a wider skirt and skinnier top part, I left greater spacing in between each row as the garland climbed up. Once I was finished with hot gluing the garland, I started arranging the branches to cover the cone’s white parts. At the top I left a branch un-arranged, as I was going to use it to attach the curved top part to the tree.
For the curved top part, I hot glued a Dollar Store garland (a cheap single-line garland) around the floral wire and inserted it to the top of the tree. Then I wrapped the little branch (the one I left un-arranged, remember?) to secure the curved top part in its place.
I know without the progress pictures it may be hard to visualize it, but YOU CAN FIND ALL THE DETAILS AND THE PROGRESS PICTURES to support them ON OUR BLOG. Next, I started preparing the stand for the tree with Greg’s help. He cut a small round from a birch log and a 10 inch length from a pine branch. Then he drilled a shallow hole in the birch log and sharpened one end of the branch for easier penetration to the foam. I hot glued the flat part of the branch into the log’s hole and I hot glued some reindeer moss around the branch, just to add a bit more interest to the base. Then I pushed the foam (tree’s bottom) onto the branch, and that was it!
Here are my whimsical tabletop Christmas trees! Not bad, right?
I love how all these weird and broken dump finds can be used to make something entirely cool and new!
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