Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Scraps and Rags Christmas Trees

Hi Y'all! I hope everyone is having a great day! It's gotten really cold here - brrrrrr! I think that winter is making its presence known! That's OK. It just heightens my Christmas spirit!

Speaking of which, I came upon pictures of these rag trees I made a few years ago, and thought that I'd share how to make them. They're great for using up fabric leftovers and decorative bits. This group is more country is style, but you can also make them with lace and floral fabrics for a more romantic look.

All you need is a Styrofoam cone (size of your choice), fabric torn into strips about an inch wide, craft or hot glue, buttons, mini Christmas decorations and garland, ribbon, a star or angel for the top - anything you want to decorate your tree with. Let your imagination go wild and make it your own! I didn't make these with blogging in mind, so don't have step-by-step photos, but hopefully my instructions will make sense. 

First, tear your fabric into a few 1-inch wide strips. I like to pull a few threads to fringe the ends. Put a dot of glue at the bottom of the cone, stick the fabric to it and begin wrapping the cone with your strip, pulling a bit tightly just to get it to lie flat, ad over-lapping the row below it about halfway. Continue wrapping until you reach the top of your cone, then glue the end down and snip off the leftover. Then, using hot glue or craft glue, attach your embellishments - buttons, bells, stars, beads, feathers, garland, pompoms, whatever you've chosen. After decorating, I used a wooden star that I'd painted and glued to a piece of a wooden skewer and stuck it in the top, then I used a scrap of lace to wind around the underside, so that it stuck out like a little tree skirt. Ta-Da! A cute little tree, easy and quick! I made different sizes and they looked so cute clustered together. So get out your scraps and jingle blings and have fun!

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Hugs and Stay Warm, Leena

2 comments:

  1. Leena, the trees are adorable!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you are enjoying your Christmas season ..... brrrr! It's cold!
    Hugs! Julie

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  2. Awww, thanks Julie! You're always so sweet to stop by and comment! I bet this winter weather is a bit of a change for you! Did you forget how cold it gets there? LOL It's been cold here too and we had some snow and ice for a couple of days. The little ones loved it! First time they've gotten to sled since we haven't had any real snow in a few years. Your comment came up as noreply. Mine do that in the email sometimes too and Ican't figure out how to fix it! Anyway, take care hon and I'll talk to you soon! Hugs, Leena

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