I accidentally stumbled upon a theme for my family room this year.
It started when I set up my snowy flocked Christmas trees and garland a few weeks ago. They sat there bare and unadorned, except for a single strand of lights. I really liked the parred back look… it was simple and kind of calming.
Next came a big bag of pinecones collected in the reserve at the rear of our home. They were destined to be given the ‘iced’ look and they too joined the simple forest starting to grow in my family room.
It’s verging on summer where I live and already very hot here at the tropical top half of Australia.
Keeping it simple and a little snowy feels cool…. unlike all the red in the other parts of the house.
I’ve kept my Christmas trees bare and started adding all handmade elements to this room.
Then on my very early morning walk (before the heat of the day) I noticed some fallen tree branches and an idea formed… in keeping with my natural theme, I needed a branch and twig tree, so home I came with an arm load of branches and twigs…. much to my husbands horror. I’m sure he was nervous about what would result from this new craft supply, but he needn’t have worried.
After an afternoon of sawing and hot glue-ing…. flocking and decorating… I had more natural trees to add to my forest… And I LOVE them!!
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How to make branch trees
- A collection of branches, trigs and dried vine
- Small hand saw
- Hot glue gun
- Faux greenery
- Can of Santa Snow, Epsom Salt or glitter for snow effect
- Small pinecones
- Small baubles (optional)
Note: This is a fun project. There are no dimensions or plans; just cut and glue and aim for a triangular shape.
1. Saw your branches up to make a triangular shape and extra pieces for the cross branches. As a guide, my horizontal branch at the bottom of tree is half the length of the two side branches. Then I cut or snapped the remaining horizontal branches to fit…. see how easy this is!
2. I cut another branch for the main trunk of the tree approximately 3/4 the length of the side branch of the tree e.g. side branches 40 cm, base branch 20 cm and trunk 30 cm. It is sandwiched between the horizontal branches.
3. Next, lay out all your pieces on a table to make sure you are happy with the layout and sizing, before gluing in place using a hot glue gun. Glue one side first, then flip over and glue the twigs on the second side.I actually used a little twine to reinforce the main shape of the tree.
4. Making the trunk supports – see photo. I used a variety of smaller branches/twigs to form 3 supports for the base of the trunk. This step was made easier having an extra person to hold the tree upright while you play around with hot glue and the twigs to get them just right.
5. When my tree was completed, I decorated with a pieces of dried vine, pieces of artificial greenery, pinecones and baubles.
6. The last thing I did was wind a small set of battery operated lights around my tree. To hide the battery pack I wrapped a piece of white paper around the pack like a sleeve that could be slid on and off. Alternatively, you could make a small linen or burlap bag for the battery pack, that would be quite in keeping with the natural look.
This is quite a different look for me, but I’m enjoying the serene feel in this room…. and don’t worry, I haven’t abandoned my shabby/cottage Christmas altogether. I’ll be sharing more of my house next week in the bHome for the Holidays Christmas Tour.
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Happy festive crafting,
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