Another simple gift idea. Bejeweled trees…
12-15 -6″ pieces of craft wire (gauge depends on how big you want your tree) | 12-15 beads | base | chain nose pliers
Thread 1-2 beads on each wire then bend in half, trapping the bead(s) in the middle. These are your branches. (Sometimes I twist the wires, sometimes I don’t. Just sayin.)
Gather your branches together in a bunch. I like to include 2 or 3 3″ wires to the mix, then I curl the ends for a vine-y look.
Take your bunch of branches and twist the bottom of the bunch. Using pliers helps to get a tight twist. This creates the trunk of your tree.
Now spread apart the beaded ends of your branches, creating the canopy of your tree. I try to get an even spread, moving wires over to empty spots. This is where I curl the ends of my vines, and they’re great space fillers as well.
For a base I use wood bobbins from the craft store. Use a piece of painter’s tape on the bottom, then put 2 drops of glue in the center. Follow with the trunk of your tree. Allow to dry overnight. Then you can remove the tape.
For this Halloween tree, I used purple wire and painted the base black. I also used a little black paint on the tree to dull the bright purple coating. My glue spilled over a bit, so I added some beads for ‘roots’.
Simple. Customizable. Quick. Once you start making them, it’s hard to stop.
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