Sunday, January 8, 2012

Crocheted, Sewn, Glittered, and Papered Christmas Trees

My sis and I volunteered to provide centerpieces for two tables at our church women ministry's Christmas event this past December. 

We "pinterested" (ya like my new verb?) for weeks, and then came the day we needed to actually put something together. 
We collected anything in our homes that we thought might work to put a nice display together. We met at Sara's house to start on it. I brought my old Partylite Christmas houses. Sara had all sorts of odds and ends collected too.
We were not inspired at all with these things, (not to say they didn't look nice). But, something was missing. 

We procrastinated for several hours! 

(There's such a wealth of stuff to do when my twin and I are together, ex. educate and train and mommy children.)

Again, we went back to handy dandy Pinterest. I searched there for "paper trees". 

Then, hit GOLD! 

I found this gorgeous tree on the Crate Paper blog:

 And these burlap and fabric rose trees from the Shanty2Chic blog:

Our minds clicked. Ideas abounded!

We used

old book pages
cream alpaca wool
old handmade paper
Bo Bunny dot paper
eggplant colored wool
dollar store paper doilies
specialty scrapbooking paper 
with glittery purple music notes
Stampin' Up punches (scallop and flower)
candle sticks
candle holders
and more.

Hey, I created a tree with my text! Tee hee!

Sara created the cone shaped trees using poster board.

We crocheted loooooooooooooooooooong chains with the wool.

We punched, snipped, curled, and glittered papers for the paper trees.

We punched paper flowers using a flower punch using the old book paper. 
(This paper is from my Lizzie Kartchner on-line class project I did a year or two ago. That project you can see at this link.)

We cut, twisted and glittered white felt. (The tall, white rose felt tree is my favorite.)

The hot glue gun was our best friend for this project, since it adheres anything fast and strong. We found cheap votive candles and the "snow" at Michaels.

We found a cheap curtain at Jysk for the table cover.

Using old handmade specialty paper from my scrapbooking stash and quilt batting, we sewed place mats.

After many delightful hours of creative fun, we ended up with this: 

Did I tell you we used Pinterest to gather our ideas? Great place, I highly recommend it. :)

Happy creating! Blessings to you.