Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Gift Toppers: Twig Trees
Before I jump into this tutorial, a quick reminder that TONIGHT is craft night at Behind the Museum Cafe at 6pm in downtown Portland. More info and to RSVP here.
This is Part Three of three of my Gift Toppers Series. Part One. Part Two.
Aren't these twig trees adorable? We've had some serious wind here in Portland lately and it's knocked a lot of branches down. I'm doing my part to collect them and put them to use. These are pretty easy to make and if you aren't making a million they won't take up too much time either.
I made a million because I'm using them to wrap gifts at the Holiday Market this weekend. Someone was asking me if you need to purchase the gifts at the market to get them wrapped. Nope. If you want amazing gift toppers on ALL your presents, bring them with you and I'll wrap them all (prices will vary depending on the size of your items).
Ok. On to the tutorial.
What you'll need:
Sticks of various sizes, vaguely straight (I like the thicker ones the best, but even the skinny ones work.)
Yarn in colors of your choice
Clippers (You could also use a saw)
Hot Glue Gun
To make your trees, you'll need to cut down the sticks. I made this up as I went along. For each tree, I used 2 4-inch, 1 2.5-inch, and 1 nub. Nub is the technical term (not really) for the scraps I had left over from cutting down larger pieces.
The 4-inch pieces are the sides, the 2.5-inch piece is the bottom, and the nub is the base of the tree.
Before you start gluing, pick out which pieces you want to glue together for this tree. I tried to pick pieces that were similar thickness.
Glue the top together first, holding it for a moment to set. I found it useful to glue it with the pieces lined up for how they would meet the bottom piece, otherwise I tended to glue them at the wrong angle. It's also helpful, especially on thick twigs to trim a little at an angle with your clippers so they'll meet together with two flat pieces.
Now take a dab of hot glue to the bottom piece in both of the places where it will connect to the sides of the tree. Hold it in place for a few moments while it sets.
Lastly, dab a bit of glue on the nub and glue it to the middle of the bottom piece.
Take some of the yarn and use it to decoratively wrap the trees. I tried two ways, and definitely liked the second way better.
With a dab of hot glue on one end of a piece of yarn, attach it inside the corner you're wrapping. Wind it around each twig separately and then around the whole corner several times. Finish up with another dab of glue to hold it all in place. Repeat for each corner.
Starting at the bottom, with a dab of glue at the end of the yarn, wrap the yarn vertically around the tree. Putting a dab of glue at the top helps to hold the yarn in place as you wrap. End with a dab at the end of the yarn again. You can also wrap the top corner like the first way on top of the yarn. Although I found it expedient to start at the top and end at the top then continue wrapping around if I wanted to go that route.
Add to presents! You don't need to wrap trees. I think they look pretty amazing just plain too.