Saturday, December 11, 2010

Paper, Glitter & Glue, Oh My!

Hello friends...I'm alive. Hard to believe considering I've left you hanging for weeks without posting. But, I'm back with a cute, easy, cheap project for the holidays.

A few weeks back I showed you my holiday mantle...which looked eerily similar to my fall mantle. In between grading papers and coming up with lesson plans, I finally made time to create my real holiday mantle. 

Here's what I came up with (and a mini tutorial on my sparkle trees).

Some tree trimmings, extra black, silver and green ornaments, a string of lights, pine cones, candlesticks, a snowman, a few sparkle trees and done.

The sparkle trees were made out of necessity. Because that wall is so tall, I have to have something with a lot of height on the mantle, or the size of the wall just eats it up. Usually, the bigger the item, the more expensive the purchase. I didn't even bother checking stores for a piece to fit here, instead I bought some poster paper and glitter.

Here's everything you'll need:

Poster Paper (two sheets)
Hot Glue
Mod Podge (or this)

First, I rolled my poster paper into a cone. This was the most difficult part of the project. Holding it together proved to be a challenge, but once you get it where you want it and glue it down, you're smooth sailing. You can almost see my hot glue seeping out the edges. Better safe than sorry. No one wants an exploding glitter tree ticking time bomb on their mantle.

You'll notice that the edge isn't level and that's fine. You'll just trim it down until it stands straight.

I made a couple more little ones, then covered with adhesive and began to glitter. I added adhesive in sections to make it a little more manageable.

Here's what I came up with:

So, for the cost of two sheets of poster paper (like $2), you can create these purdy trees.

<3 dani

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