Can I just have a big JEOW! for a project gone right.
Yes, my friends I am so pleased how this project turned out, that I keep pinching myself. If you read my “how I made tin lanterns” post yesterday, you’ll know that my projects don’t always go exactly the way I planned, but I usually keep tinkering with a project until I like it, or otherwise throw them out and try to quickly forget about them. But this particular project is one that will go in the books as ‘came out exactly like I had envisioned it in the first try’.
I made a filler project for my Christmas tree.
When I decided that I was going to go for a ‘new’ Christmas this year, I knew I would have to come up with a filler project for my tree. There was no way that I was going to be able to fully decorate my tree with handmade ornaments only, if there wasn’t at least something to give it a ‘full’ feeling fast.
So my mind started spinning. And my eyes started wandering around my craft room: now what can I use. I considered draping fabric around the tree, I have seen it done and liked the look. But then my eyes hit this big role of milky faux-paper My Love brought me once. And it clicked.
What if I decorated a whole string of lights with that. It is white, It will be shiny, it will look cute and it will cover a whole lot of tree.
I am sure I saw this idea somewhere, sometime, probably a looooong time ago. But for the life of me I can’t remember where. But the idea must have stuck somehow, because I could see it in my mind…
So I started the work.
I drew a template and cut it out a gazillion times.
For the Dutchies the template I used in centimeters:
And because I love you my Anglo-American friends, the template once more in inches:
As you can see I punched a hole. (Take it from me, try one first before you punch all of them, you might need a much smaller hole). Then I folded it and glued the tips together:
I used this paper that isn’t really paper but more like a plasticky kind of material (polyester it is, I think). It was used in map making drawing rooms before they automated the drawing process. But I am sure you can use any kind of stiff, milky, transparent craft paper.
And then I –simply- placed them on a string of white led lights.
Fiddling with it the have all of my trees stand up straight was the hardest part. In retrospect I should have made much smaller holes. Using a string of lights where the lights stand up straight would have helped too. But I didn’t have those, so I made do with my unruly led lights because I am on a ‘non-buying Christmas’ crafting trip.
This is really an easy project. If you have some free labor at your disposal that can do all the drawing and cutting (aka kids), you can whip one of these out in a couple of hours.
And they look good.
And they fill up the tree nicely.
So now all I have to do is come up with, and make a whole lot of Christmas ornaments, to fill up the rest of the tree.
Working on it….