DIY: Glitter Trees

DIY: Glitter Trees

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Sparkle and glitter and Christmas, oh my! These really are a few of my favorite things, and I was so excited to take some time over the weekend to create something combining all of them. It’s always easy to go crazy in the Christmas aisles at the store, filling your buggy with all things green and red.
(And trying on Christmas Fedora hats…)
Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 3.50.36 PMBut for me, it’s also easy to get all kinds of ideas and inspiration to create my own holiday decor and accents. Why spend all that money on something thousands of other people have when you can create something 100% unique and just as or even more beautiful for a fraction of the cost?

My inspiration during my latest trip to Hobby Lobby: these beautiful, sparkly glitter trees.

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Pretty, right? Yes well, they don’t come cheap. $19.99 for one of those suckers! And really, would one glitter tree be enough? Probably not. Because if you’re anything like me, you’ll want your little snow village, the book shelf, or your mantle perfectly balanced with just the right amount of glitter trees, garland and fake snow. And one twenty-dollar tree isn’t going to cut it.

So, let’s make our own! It’s fun, it’s easy, and best of all, you can buy all of the supplies for less than you could one of those tress from the store.

You’ll need: A glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, Mod Podge, a flat paint brush (about half an inch wide), loose glitter in any color(s), white poster board, clean coffee filters, newspaper, and a flat surface. (I made 5 trees from one piece of poster board.)

(Before we begin, let me just apologize for the pictures. My boyfriend’s wearing all-red sweats in the background and makes a cameo in almost every picture, and our place it such a mess. And I was sitting on the living room floor at the coffee table. Makes for lovely pictures!)

First thing’s first, turn on that glue gun so it can heat up! Then, determine how tall you want your tree to be, and cut your poster board in a square in that height.
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Once you have your square, start rolling the poster board into a cone shape, creating a point at one end, and a wide circle at the other. You can do this by rolling the top part tight, and allowing the bottom to form a loose circle on its own. (The bottom won’t be flat – we’ll fix this later.)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen you have your cone in the shape you want it, glue the loose edge of the tip using your hot glue gun, creating the point. Press and hold for 30 seconds.
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Continue running the glue gun down the edge of the cone, pressing and holding until dry. Once glued and you have a cone, cut off any excess poster board and glue the edges flat if necessary.

After rolling the poster board into a cone shape, you may have an uneven bottom. Go ahead and cut it off, creating a flat bottom so that the cone can stand upright.
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Now it’s time for the glitter! (This is when you’ll want to put down newspaper over your flat surface – this gets a bit messy.) Using your paint brush, paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the cone. (Tip: Paint small sections at a time because the glue dries quickly.)
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Now sprinkle that glitter! Cover the wet glue with your choice(es) of glitter, and continue repeating until the entire cone is covered in glitter. (Tip: Shake the glitter on the cone over a clean coffee filter, letting the remains fall into it. The filters are flexible, so you can dip the cone into the glitter if you need to, and it makes for easy cleanup afterward. If you’re using more than one color glitter, use a new filter for each color to avoid mixing them up.)
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(Jimmy’s face in the background of ^this one^ is priceless!)
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Once you’ve completely covered your cone in glitter, stand it upright and allow it to dry completely. While tree #1 is drying, start on more!

(P.s. This is what I meant when I said coffee filters are flexible, making it east for you to dip the cone into the glitter. It’s a great way to coat awkward angles of the cone without messing it up.)
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Once your tree is completely dry, you can either add a second coat of glitter (which I personally think looks best), or paint your outer coat of Mod  (this prevents the glitter from coming off). If you’re adding another layer, repeat the same steps for painting and glittering, doing small sections at a time. When you’re ready for your final coat, paint a thick layer of Mod Podge on top of the glitter. Don’t worry – it dries clear!
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Allow to dry completely before touching to avoid finger marks.

Tada! You have a beautiful glitter tree!
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You can do these with one or many colors at a time, and even use different texture glitters. (Tip: If you are using different textures, start with the large or course glitter first.) Instead of glitter, try using small, sparkly beads or sequins. The possibilities are endless! Not to mention the $10 in supplies for multiple trees versus $20 for one.

Oh, and they’re cat-approved.
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Place them around your house however you choose, and add a pop or handmade sparkle to your Christmas decor collection. After the holidays are over, I suggest wrapping in tissue paper and storing in a box alone.

Will you be making glitter tress this year to dress up your holiday decor?

Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!

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