I’m baaaaaaack. Sorry about the break. It wasn’t intentional. I’d craft everyday if I could but work took over my time. I’m taking time off, though, so get ready for some serious posting! So excited to have more time for my kids, husband, and crafting. And some house work in there too. Anyway, on to today’s post:
I made these fun burlap trees and whipped up a tutorial for you while hosting craft night. Craft night starts at 8:30pm so please excuse the not so stellar photos.
- 1 yard burlap
- cutting mat & rotary cutter or scissors
- 14 gauge wire
- lighter weight craft wire
- wire cutters
- small pliers
- wooden star
- trunk (3.5″x3.5″x1″ block)
- hot glue gun/glue stick
- Bells or whatever you’d like to decorate your tree with
Cut your burlap into 2 inch strips. Cut your self a piece of 14 gauge wire 41 inches long. measure in on both sides 16 inches and bend into a triangle shape. Bend the tops of each triangle at the top one inch in. This will be the base for your star to attach to. One at a time, fold your burlap strips back and forth like an accordion making the length of each fold equal to the width (approximately 2×2). Using the end of your wire like a needle, thread the middle of your accordion onto the wire. It takes a bit of muscle and is easiest if you do a few layers at a time.
The top photo in the above collage shows what it should look like threaded on. Keep adding your strips until it’s full enough for your liking. When finished, wrap one of the tops of your wires around the other. Drill a hole in the bottom of your star and hot glue it onto the wire sticking up. We had my friend’s husband cut ours out but if purchasing from the craft store, I’d leave both wires up and hot glue the star on both. Then position your burlap so that the exposed wire is covered. This will secure your burlap and keep it from springing off. Then decorate, attach your bells or other desired holiday goodness to your tree with a hot glue gun. To attach your block, drill two small holes at the top of the block and thread your thinner wire through. Then attach that wire to your main wire at the base of the tree. Do it loosely or it will smash your burlap at the bottom and lay funky.
Add a ribbon around the wire at the top of your tree for hanging and your done. Let me know if I missed anything. Happy holiday crafting. Best time of the year. :)
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