December 10, 2008

DIY Christmas trees

We went to get our Christmas tree today. Only problem: I can't find our Christmas decoration stuff. It's probably still in storage somewhere after our last move, though I was convinced I brought everything home. I hope the box will still show up, but for the time being I had to come up with something else. As we have quite a collection of Christmas ornaments by now, just not in the right place, I didn't feel like buying even more. So, I checked my craft supplies and came up with these: Christmas tree ornaments made from wine corks. A fast and easy craft!

All you need is this:

- wine corks (don't change your drinking habits now, though)
- hot glue gun (not for little hands!) or any other glue that will keep the corks sticking together
- a (serrated) knife to slice the corks (needless to say this isn't a job for little hands either...)
- some wire, thread, ribbon...
- something to protect your working space

Here's how it works:
1. Cut the corks horizontally to the desired size (I cut mine to about 1.5 cm or 0.6 inches - this will determine the thickness of your tree). Cut some pieces lengthwise as well - these pieces will become your tree trunks, so you need only as many of these as the number of trees you're going to make
2. Glue the pieces together, working by rows (first 3 then 2) and next glue the rows together in a 3-2-1 triangular setting. Glue on the tree trunk.
3. Take some wire, thread, ribbon, ... and work it around your tree. Make a tight double knot at the top and use some glue to fix it. Make another knot so you have a loop to hang up your ornament. You could probably skip this part and just thread some wire through a hole you make at the top of the tree.

I left my trees the "natural" way as I liked the differences in color and the stamps some of them had, but you could easily further decorate them or have your kids decorate them with paint, glitter, pompoms etc.

We didn't have enough time to decorate our tree tonight, but we'll do it tomorrow after school. Depending on the result I might post another picture - I'm getting worried all of the sudden that the ornaments might be too heavy for our poor tree, though I'm sure, in that case, we'll find some other use for them... Why not decorate Christmas presents with them?

Update: We finished decorating! And we all like the way our tree looks! I did find some ornaments after all - not the ones I was looking for - but we do have plenty!

13 comments: said...

origineel ideetje , doch ik zou er een laagje witte verf opdoen , en wat glinstertjes , precies zoals bij sneeuw , dat glinstert !

mayaluna said...

Aren't you so clever!! I really love these and thanks for sharing how to make them ourselves! I especially love that you came up with it out of resourcefulness/creativity because your other ornaments were hiding:)

Lauren said...

These are so lovely! And such a fun and fast project. Just made up a couple as a little gift tie-on for some wine-loving friends. Thanks for sharing!

gemma said...

These are sooo cute! A very good idea, I'm going to try it!! Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

These little trees are so cute...I had to make one & I blogged about it linking back to you. Here' my link if you want to check it out:

Have a great weekend!

annewalker said...

Awww that was pretty amazing, aside from the fact that it was already a christmas tree, it can also be used as ornaments for christmas tree. that's a great idea!

Decorating a christmas tree is one of my favorite holiday hobby. That's why I compiled some of the best Christmas tree decorating ideas that you may want to check out so that you can keep on sharing great diy ideas.

Happy holidays!
Anne Walker

Usman said...

hey very good article thanks for sharig keep it up the good work
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