Anyone who knows me really well will agree that I am creative, but certainly not crafty. I mean, I have the means to be crafty but certainly not the patience or organization. Which is why you won’t find a “crafty DIY” board on my Pinterest profile. However, you may find a “Pay someone else to do this for me” board someday soon.
I also don’t do the whole Elf on the Shelf thing. Bravo that that’s your tradition and way to go with all the super creative hijinks your various elves get into, but y’all? When it comes to December I’m lucky everyone is still alive come Christmas morning, I don’t have it in me right now to keep my children entertained by some elf who poops marshmallows (eats marshmallows and poops jellybeans? I don’t know.) I know my limits, and given how often I’ve forgot my tooth fairy duties? Those little elves can stay on your shelves.
HOWEVER! Christmas and Pinterest got the best of me this year and I crafted the daylights out of some Styrofoam trees. Wanna see? (Spoiler alert: if you want tutorials I’ll break it to you now that I am terrible at tutorials and am going to end up being a giant disappointment to you. BUT! I will happily link to the tutorials I used! I’m thankful there’s other people out there who have the patience for craft tutorials. (And recipes. Seriously.))
I should also say I am much more likely to complete a craft it involves a glue gun. Oh how I love the glue gun.
First! Peppermint Wreath! (Tutorial Here)
I used a smaller wreath form since it was going on a smaller mirror and I bought four bags of mints, just in case. I also ended up going around one more time and I sprayed the thing with Mod Podge Sealer in case the thing decided to wilt on me for some reason. Verdict? LOVE. Super easy, super cute.
Second! Pearl Star! (Inspired by this Pearl Tree Tutorial) I figured, hey! Who doesn’t like stars! So I bought a Styrofoam star instead of another tree and glued the thing top to bottom with different size pearls. Loved how it turned out. Hated making it. (Just being honest.)
Third! Felt Rose Tree! (Inspired by this felt rose tutorial) I used just regular old felt for this one, wool felt is expensive (and I couldn’t find any in the right color.) I wanted it green because even though her all white trees are LOVELY? That’s not what my house is like. Glued a piece of felt to the actual cone (I used a bigger cone than she did) to cover up and peek through of the white and followed her instructions for making the flowers. Pinking shears may have made the job easier and more uniform, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. (I topped it off with a tiny red glittery Christmas ball ornament.)
Fourth! Red Ruffle Trim Tree! Okay, so this one came about when I saw the trim on a spool while looking for ribbon to make this ribbon tree. The red color was just right, it went with the other trees I wanted to make and so I did. It took 5 yards of the ruffle trim to cover a 12″ tree. I just used regular old straight pins to attach the ribbon. I also cut each piece rather than continuously looping it, starting and ending each row at the same place in the back. I topped it off with a little glittery gold star ornament. LOOK! A TUTORIAL PICTURE!
Verdict: It was certainly the easiest to make, it’s also very cute.
Fifth! Gold Jingle Bell Tree! Made this one up too. I liked the idea of the bells, so I covered a short tree with Mod Podge and poured gold glitter all over it. Eh, it’s not my favorite, but it fits in and sounds lovely when shaken. I sprayed the glitter with the Mod Podge sealer when it was dry, didn’t need my entire house looking like a glitter bomb went off.
Sixth! White Rosettes Tree! I saw this trim when I found the red ruffle trim and had to do SOMETHING with it. It’s so lacy and delicate and lovely. I used one yard to cover a 6″ tree. Verdict? Love it. (But it was certainly more expensive with the trim at $6.99/yd.) Finished off the top with a glass marble.
Seventh! Marble Tree! I had originally planned on making the pearl tree, but when I couldn’t find pearls I figured “Marbles! Same thing!” and bought a bag of big ones and three bags of small ones. Why the blue marbles? Because they are a brilliant shade of blue and I thought they were pretty. That’s why. This one was fun to make and I absolutely love it, the light reflects off of it and it is beautiful.
Garland? (and LED candles?) Thanks Costco ! (With added strand of red lights.)
The tall snowman lamp came from Cracker Barrel three years ago when I bought my house, he’s filled with glitter!
My fingers bear the scars of many hot glue gun burns, but as I stare at my mantel? I don’t mind one bit.
Now to just make Christmas last a little longer so I can keep staring at them.