Home Made Christmas Tree 2017
Christmas used to be my favorite holiday, and it still is. It’s just that I don’t believe in the commercial Christmas anymore, and it’s been hard for me, and I’m weaning myself off of it. The compromise is that I decided to keep it simple last year, and use it as an opportunity to flex my crafting skills because it’s been a while. For Christmas 2017 I concocted a little something. Here is my thought process:
- The dowel rods: I have had these rods sitting around from an idea I had 4 years ago that never materialized. The goal was to spend as little money as possible, and I don’t think I achieved that goal because I had to spend on decorations specifically for that unconventional tree.
- How can I use the rods?: I originally wanted to get a large piece of plywood and use that as a backdrop, but we don’t have space to store after the holiday, I would have hated to just through it away. The solution I chose was to use 3M hooks. I didn’t mind any damage to the wall since we are planning on painting the walls.
- Decorating the rods: Decorating the rods wasn’t a problem, but I though it would be a problem for the lights to stay on them. So I decided to double the rods up by gluing 2 two rods together.
I had to improvise a lot along the way, with every problem I encountered, but I won’t bore you with that, and I’ll go straight to the materials.
- I got the dowel rods from Amazon.
- I glued 2 rods together at a time. I used Gorilla Wood glue.
- Wait for the glue to dry.
- Paint the rods green. I used sample wall paint because art supplies are a lot more expensive. I got one sample of Glidden Premium interior Paint+ Primer; DEPP FOREST PINE from Home Depot and that did the job. It didn’t cost me more than $4.00 and I didn’t even use half of it.
- Once the paint dried, I took each pair of rod and put glue on one side, then sprinkled glitter on it. I got the Pesto color Extra Fine Glitter from Recollection from Michael’s. Once the glue dried on that side I did the same thing on the other side. That’s when I found out that I didn’t need to be so detailed and peculiar about the glitter covering every millimeter of the rod. The green paint provided a great cover.
- In the meantime I measured the hook placements on the wall. Buying them on the Walmart website for pick up was by far the cheapest option.
- Once all the glue dried with the glitter stuck on the rods, and hooks were places, I simply placed the rods on the hooks.
- Once the rods were on the hooks, I added the lights. I got the lights and batteries from Amazon. That’s when I found out that I didn’t really to glue the rods together because I ended up wrapping the lights around them.
- I added the “star” and wrapped the lights around it as well.
- The last step was to add ornaments, which I got from Michael’s using a lot of coupons.
- I used a couch cushion as the trunk 🙂
This is the progress and the end result.