Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How About Another Dollar Tree Crafting Idea?? Stick Twig Tree.


A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Okay, I know I said my previous post was the last one until Christmas was over, BUT….

I had this neat idea come to me last night in bed!

I’m sure I am not the only who’s mind runs wild when you are trying to go to sleep. LOL!


The Dollar Tree sells these packages of wire Christmas tree branches.

I am having a brain malfunction right now and can’t remember exactly what these are called, but here is what I’m talking about.

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Last night I thought, why couldn’t I use these to make a twig tree?

And for the center, why not a thick stick.

Hummm, I wondered if it would work.

Well, today Mom came over and we gave it a try.

Once again, I am terrible at giving instructions but I will do my best.

Mom held the stick and I took the drill with a small bit and drilled random holes through the stick.

I tried to do it, all the way through from the front.

Then move down some and drill it all the way through from the side.

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Rotating front to side, all the way down the length of the stick.

But the bark did make the drill slip sometimes so my holes are a little off.

I'm sure with practice and a little more concentration it could be done better.

After the hole was drilled I took one of the steams, stuck in in the hole and pulled it through.

Then when I got the main branches finished, I went and drilled one more hole, straight down at the top, and stuck a small piece of branch inside.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

For a base, I used a little crock I had found at GW awhile back.

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But anything could be used.

I was thinking, one could even use a tin can.  Grub it up some and maybe even decorate it with a prim label.  Hummm. Maybe.

I think the best and most secure way would be to fill the container with Plaster of Paris, but I am all out.

So, what I did was put some hot glue on the bottom of the stick, press it down inside the crock.

After it dried a little, I filled the crock with some white craft sand.

This sand is also sold at the Dollar Tree.

Now you may notice, mine isn’t sitting exactly centered in the crock, but the stick curved some at the bottom.

So, one more suggestion I would give is, try to find the straightest stick you can.

It probably wouldn't have been as noticeable in a larger base, but in my tiny crock, I really notice it.

I left my branches the whole length they originally came, but if you wanted to you could trim them shorter.

So what do you think???

Kinda cute, huh.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

Not bad for a $1.00.

A Primitive Place ~Tammy

I’m heading off to rest.  I had to drive today and for reason it always makes me so tired.

Thanks so much for stopping by.




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Becky said...

Absolutely brilliant!!!I love your tree.
I am so glad you shared it with us.Merry Christmas.Blessings,Becky

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Tam, that is a GREAT idea. I love it and for a buck you can't get a better deal than that. You are so creative. You did a super job on making the twig tree!
Merry Christmas Friend,

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful idea and I love the little santa crock, love simple trees.


BumbleBeeLane said...

Tam~ I knew you'd miss us.Just wanted to stop in and say Thank You for the blessing you sent my way.You are such a wonderful friend.Hugs!~Amy

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

What a sweet tree and a brilliant idea to boot!!! Thanks for sharing it and just think of all the unique containers you could use!!! You could have a tree in every room that way, all with a theme!!
Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas!!
Christmas Hugs~~

Felicia said...

looks pretty darn cute Tam. I didn't know Dollar Tree sold those, I've never seen them there anyway. The tree would be cute with some miniature mitten ornies on it.

Have a great night

Carol Stuck said...

OK...I have to admit....quite a good idea for a feather tree. Love the idea. Thanks for sharing!! I think I will give it a try.


Carol Stuck said...

OK...I have to admit....quite a good idea for a feather tree. Love the idea. Thanks for sharing!! I think I will give it a try.


Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

I think it's perfect! Sometimes the best ideas come to you in the quiet of the night. It's usually because it's the only time we have any peace!
Thanks for sharing, I have a lot of branches and sticks out in the back from the tree fiasco. Now I can use some and say, "Hey, that's from the tree that smashed my house!".
Merry Christmas,

Lil Raggedy Angie said...

Great idea Tam and cheap , right up my alley ! thanks for sharing ! And you are not alone in the nightly wandering mind , mine never stops lol Get some rest ! hugs lilraggedyangie

Kendra said...

I have said it before and I will say it again you are a frugal craft genius! I finally found a pair of those stockings and was able to make some like the ones you gave away. Got to put them some where yet!
I got a bunch of those pine stems earlier in the season (not from DT though so I probally paid to much!)and I made a tree similiar by wrapping the "trunk" which was a dowel and twisting the branches onto it. I like yours better, looks better and uses less stems.

Thanks for sharing!
Have a merry Christmas!


Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

It's adorable Tammy - I have often thought of doing that too, but never quite got around to trying! Love the little pot too!
I too have that mind that never stops thinking of crafty things...makes sleeping pretty difficult at times.
Wish you a very Merry Christmas friend!

Penny said...

Such a cute idea, Tammy!! I will be checking in the Dollar Store for some of those branches..... :)

I haven't had a good night's sleep in weeks! SO many things to remember to do, and of course, I usually think about them in the middle of the night!

Pam B said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your process with us.


nancy huggins said...

What a neat idea..I already went to the $ tree today and it is about 35 miles round trip but I will look at $ general tomorrow. My DD always loved the Charlie Brown tree so that would be a neat idea. If I can't find the branches at $ general then I will wait until I go to get my DD from the train on Friday and her and I can make it while she is here. I have some Tiny ornaments and some tiny battery lights so we can even decorate it. Thank you so much for the idea..we didn't have room this year for a reg tree so this will help make it festive..I will post a pic in my blog after Christmas :)

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

You are so creative! Love that idea!!

Thanks so much for stopping by Tammy!! I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!

Prim hugs across the miles!!

Cabin Fever Primitives said...

Now stop tempting me girlfriend, I will put this great prim idea in my craft book for next year. Get some sleep tonight. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela@ The Sampler Makers Farmhouse said...

Oh it's so cute!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Absolutely Wonderful!
I just Love your dollar store creations!!!
Prim Blessings

purensimple-Theresa said...

Tammy what a cute tree and as for me sometimes I get my best craft ideas before bedtime...LOL!!! Hubbu never understands wht I'm creating in the middle of the night! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and a Blessed New Year!
Hugs ♥Theresa

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Wonderful idea! I love it!

Brenda said...

Awesome idea Tammy!!


colleens craft shed said...

Love the ideal!! Thanks for sharing.

~Sara said...

That sure is a great idea. Great minds think alike. I made the little tree next to my nativity barn with the same process, only the base of my tree is the bottom of our Christmas tree that was cut off before bringing it in the house. And I wrapped mine around (no drilling).My mind is always going a hundred miles an hour. So many things that I would like to accomplish, just not enough hours in the day. Thank you for sharing, and keep creating. Christmas Blessings ~Sara

Peggy Lee said...

what a cute prim tree....I have tons of packages of these from my dollar tree store...oh I must try making one..thanks for the inspiration.

bettyj said...

That is amazing! I am impressed. Merry Christmas

Unknown said...

LOVE it, Tam! I think the fact that it's not perfect makes it even better and more appealing!! You sold me on the striped socks so I'm off to find these!!

Angela said...

Good morning Tammy, The little tree is too cute. Just prim perfect. I might even spray my branches brown before inserting them. Thanks for the idea. Don't you just love laying daown and that mind start spinning? In bed, late at night is where I do my best thinking. Wishing you and your family a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

Allison said...

Very cute!

Katherine said...

I have some of these in a drawer around here somewhere. Now I know what to do with them. I love the little crock too!

Merry Christmas!

Mary said...

Cute idea Tammy!

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

Good idea Tammy!! My brain works like that when I need to sleep too!!8-)
Merry Christmas!!

frontporchprims said...

Hey Tammy, that is soooo cute. You have the neatest ideas. They always come late don't they? Keep on having them so I don't have to:) Merry Christmas. -Steph-

Firecracker Kid said...

Hey, you couldn't stay away! LOL. Yes, it's a sweet idea and a sweet lil tree. I'm having hubby go out and cut me a branch off one of our big old, I think Scottish pine, and I'm gonna make meself a Charlie Brown tree. Thanks for sharing and Have a Merry Christmas!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Sweet little tree Tam!! And I now hereby dub you the Dollar Store Queen. ;o) But....gotta say, just like everyone else's Goodwills, we must have a different kind of Dollar Store in these parts....I went searching for those little socks and found none...and while there, scoured the entire Christmas section and saw nothing even remotely resembling those branches/picks....Hope you're dreaming up some more projects to share though - one of these times our DS will have the supplies needed! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Tam, that is adorable! I love that it's not sitting in there just right and the stick is not that straight... makes it even more prim! Garden Ridge has some garland ties that look just like this and they had a bunch left over but I didn't buy any. Now I gotta go back over there and get some! I just bought some teeny, tiny greenery garland at Hobby Lobby in their after Christmas sale to make some mini twig trees. Thanks for this little tut, gonna pin it so I can make some later!