For many months now I have, like so many others, been building my Pinterest boards, and gathering ideas for projects.
So, as much as I am looking forward to trying so many of these fabulous projects, I had to pick one where I truly had every single supply on hand already. I chose to make a paper tree.
You can click on the photo for the tutorial. I had to change mine some, based on the materials that I had handy. Also, based on the fact that I seriously have trouble cutting on a line, even when it is so nicely drawn out.
1. I gathered all of my supplies.
Mini stack of scrapbook paper
Multiple pairs of pliers (Seriously, you only need one. I am just picky.)
Wire (I had a ton of different wire, none of it green floral wire. This particular wire is the kind used to hang a drop ceiling.)
Rather than tracing and trying to match up leaves that were close, as the original tutorial suggested, I folded my paper in half, and cut both pieces of one leaf at one time. It was totally free hand, and I think most of them turned out just great! In total, I used around 165 leaves. I would have done more, if I had not used all of the paper I had in my color scheme!
3. I cut my wire pieces.
I cut the wire in pieces 12 – 16 inches long. 8 inches would have been more than enough!
4. I glued the leaves to the wire.
I opened my leaf so the back sides were up.
Use a line of white glue.
Put a piece of wire in the glue.
Cover with the other piece of the leaf.
After it dries, trim the edges, if you can not glue straight, like me! (I did get better through the process.)
5. Gather the sticks. (I had them before, they were just not included in the supply picture. Oops!)
My sticks came from the front yard.
6. Start wrapping those wires around the branches.
Since my wire was silver, instead of green, I covered the entire branch (well, the part that shows from the vase.)
7. Display in the vase of your choice!
The vase matches the colors in my living room perfectly (instead of my craft room!) I love it!
Now. What would I change?
I would use a much thinner wire. I had some serious calluses after all of this wire. I imagine I would have still had one or two, anyway, but these were ridiculous!
As a trial, after I was done, I tried gluing the wire into folded paper, and cutting the leaves with the wire already glued in place. This would have eliminated the need to trim my crooked gluing.