Monday, October 14, 2013

Crepe Paper Victorian Christmas Tree DIY 10-12-2013

I love these old fashion Christmas Trees and they are so easy to make. 

Here's what I did:


12" cardboard cone or size tree you want
6" round wooden base
acrylic paint (ivory or color of choice) or spray paint
1 roll crepe paper (you won't need the whole thing)
vintage garland
odds and end treasures including old or broken jewelry, charms, crystals, etc.
Glue gun
Sewing machine

Glue cone to wooden base, let dry.
Water down acrylic paint to a milky consistency or use spray paint... paint cone & base.
 Ruffle up the crepe paper using your sewing machine. Let the machine do all the work, set it on #5 setting with about a 3 tension... practice on your machine to see which works best. Leaving thread on ends ruffle crepe paper in usable size pieces (about 2 foot pieces)
Gather everything you want on the tree and heat up your glue gun. 
It comes together pretty fast now... but get ready for lots of glue webs, lol.... I had it every where. It comes right off so don't worry about it.
Start at the bottom with crepe paper just covering the wooden base. Glue in about 2" sections as the glue dries fast and you will have better control.
Continue going around and up the tree either with all crepe paper or you can add lace, vintage garland or eyelash yarn with sparkle.
When tree is covered I used a ruffled trim with silver thread going through it. Starting at the top and gluing here an there where I thought it looked nice. 
Then I cut a Christmas berry spray leaving the wire stems so I could glue the stem and place under a ruffle, pressing gently to hold in place.
Continue adding your treasures until you are happy... wa-la!
It's a perfect center piece or for mantle, fire place or coffee table.

Have fun!
Happy Holidays,

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