Make a small 28cm (11") wooden Christmas tree out of dowel craft sticks, decorate it with ice crystals and embellishments and place it in a beautiful porcelain bucket - perfect for the table and sideboard.
Cut pieces of the crafts sticks in different sizes. For this project the pieces cut are:
- 1 x 16cm long (used as the tree trunk) of the 10mm dowel stick
- 2 x 10cm long of the 10mm dowel stick
- 2 x 8cm long of the 10mm dowel stick
- 2 x 6cm long of the 10mm dowel stick
- 2 x 8cm long of the 4mm stick
- 2 x 6cm long of the 4mm stick
- 2 x 4cm long of the 4mm stick
You can of course add more as you build the tree. You will also need to cut a 2cm height cork.
Using a craft knife remove some of the centre of the cork to make a hole that will help set the 16cm long dowel stick. Glue the stick to the cork.
Using a round file create a recess in the middle of the the sticks. This will help them set in place easier and will look better. If you are using a strong glue you can avoid this step.
Starting about 4cm from the cork, place the longest sticks in an asymmetrical way. Leave about 1 - 1.5 cm between them.
Continue with the 4mm sticks.
Wrap some binding twine among the sticks and the trunk. This is only for decorative purpose.
Using a palette knife, place some snow paste on the edges of the sticks.
Sprinkle with the ice crystals and lightly press them onto the paste to set them well. Let the paste dry well. Remove the excess ice crystals.
Glue a full size cork in the centre of the bucket and then glue the tree on top of that.
Cut a round piece of fabric. Open a hole in the centre of the same diameter of the dowel stick and place it around the base of the tree, covering the space of the bucket. Alternatively you can fill the bucket with raffia, snow, decorative candle gravel or anything you desire.
Decorate the tree with the pinecones, the beads and the bells. Tie a bow to the handle of the bucket and place a star clip. ♥