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.
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.
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.
For a base, I used a little crock I had found at GW awhile back.
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.
Not bad for a $1.00.
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.