This week’s project gives the final instructions to complete the Make your own Christmas in July Tree for the table in 10 easy steps
My tree has gone from a naked ugly duckling and emerged as a colourful swan
Although I never got around to completing my tree in July, this project is suitable for any festive occasion. Choose your theme to suit – Birthdays, Valentine’s Day or even a dinner party centrepiece. Plus it is reusable – keep it as is or glue a new theme over the top.
Originally I was either going to paint or découpage my tree, however after watching a home renovation show on TV, I was inspired by a slate roof being built.
[ Looking at my completed project, it looks more like fish scales than a slate roof; maybe squares, next time? ]
- Pen ( if you are going to cut out your shapes )
- Coin or a Shape you want to repeat ( if you are going to cut out your shapes )
- Scissors or Craft hole punch
- Magazines or Junk Mail
- Craft / Wood glue
If you already own a craft hole punch, I would suggest that you use it as cutting out the shapes is labour intensive, especially if you are in a hurry. However, I am a Believer and I practice making do with what I already own to make this project cost-effective.
Collect junk mail from the same Supermarkets; Discount stores and Pharmacies for about a month so that you will get the same, standard colours each week to make colour matching quicker.
- After you have cut out or hole punched your shapes, you will be dabbing glue on them;
- The first shape on each row will have less glue on so that you can overlap the first shape with the last shape you glue on that row;
- I found using either a small paintbrush or the next shape to spread the glue across the surface of each shape easier than using my fingers;
- When I reached the peak of my tree, I cut a slit in the round-shaped coloured paper and folded it over to form a cap for the tree to finish it off.
Sprinkle a little glitter over your project if that suits your theme