A couple years ago, I saw what I thought to be the most beautiful crepe paper trees at a flea market…I really really wanted them, but I just couldn’t bring myself to purchase them, as I thought – maybe I could create them myself! Yes, I know its now been a couple years, but I finally have collected the necessary supplies to make them. I still don’t own a hot glue gun, nor do I have a sewing machine that would probably make this craft go much faster than the course I took.
Michaels sells the cones, and the dollar store sells the crepe paper ~ not knowing exactly what I would do with these, I bought enough supplies to make six different ones. First I started out by measuring the crepe paper around the cone and cinching it with my fingers. Mod Podge’d a ring around where the paper would go ~ I just kept layering and layering until all six were done.
The ones I coveted at the flea market, had a super cool hard covered snow appeal to the edges of the paper. Not sure what it was that was used ~ but I picked up this fabulous snow like product (from Michaels) that you can mix with water to get a different consistency and apply it with a paintbrush. It hardened after a few hours. I think this would be prettier on colored crepe paper!
After all six pieces were dry, I applied glitter ~ lots and lots of glitter so that these pretty trees would shimmer in the candle light!
After making these, I realized why this tree cost so much at the flea market – its not the cost of the materials, but the time given to create such a beautiful tree… it was fun to learn to make something new though and creating something myself gives me a certain satisfaction that money can’t buy!
After all my hard work – I did decide to keep these three trees to stagger on the kitchen island! they look so pretty here!
The other three, I decided to play a little more with and give as gifts…a post about those should be coming soon! To see where else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie