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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Twig and twinkle Christmas Tree

The frame of the twig Christmas tree is made up of two connected triangles

The frame of the twig Christmas tree is made up of two connected triangles

Wire the twigs together to create the triangular shape

Wire the twigs together to create the triangular shape

Measure out the base so that the shape is higher than it is wide

Measure out the base so that the shape is higher than it is wide to create a pretty Christmas tree armature.

Measure the second twig triangle to be as close to an exact match as possible

Measure the second twig triangle to be as close to an exact match as possible.

Lean the two sides together

Lean the two sides together. If the armature can remain upright even before you have wired it, it makes it so much easier to balance. Adjust the twigs if necessary.

Cut two more twigs to connect the two triangles

Cut two more twigs to connect the two triangles.

Wire the armature to secure

Wire the armature to secure.

Make sure the armature stands flat before decorating

Make sure the armature stands flat before decorating...

To double secure and conceal the connection wires cover it with artificial snow

To double secure and conceal the connection wires cover it with artificial snow.

See the Tutorial below in the Tutorial section for more detailed instructions on how to add long lasting artificial snow to twigs.

Start weaving in the Christmas lights

Start weaving in the Christmas lights. My string has a connecting socked which I simply tucked into the armature.

Design Note: I want most of my lights to be at the top 2/4 because the bottom 1/4 is covered in a thin layer of snow. Measure out the lights before hand because even though I want less lights there I do not want to run out of lights before the design is decorated.

The twigs will not only conceal the plug it will also keep is neatly in place

... The twigs will not only conceal the plug it will also keep is neatly in place.

Create a controlled tangle by weaving the twigs through the wire

Create a controlled tangle by weaving the twigs through the wire...

And the wire through the twigs

... And the wire through the twigs.

Glue in a twig

Glue in a twig... making sure that it is glued in at least three places so that it can carry the weight of the Christmas lights and wire...

Then twirl the wire around the twig and position the light to rest on the twig like a firefly

Then twirl the wire around the twig and position the light to rest on the twig like a firefly enjoying the view.

Glue in the next twig to support the wire

Glue in the next twig to support the wire to be exactly where you want it.

Add sturdier twigs to the bottom of the tree

Add sturdier twigs to the bottom of the tree.

Book Reader Note: Take your inspiration from nature: add the smaller eucalyptus leaf baubles, bits of snow and twigs to the top with the heavier ones to the bottom of the design. Turn to page 273 Crafting an Illusion for more detailed instructions.

Make sure the twigs keep all the wires securely in place.

Make sure the twigs keep all the wires securely in place.

Newsletter subscribers: I have a tip for you this week to further prevent the wires from sagging as you display your tree... Make sure you are subscribed to recieve advance access to the weekly design and an exclusive bonus tip to make things easier for you when creating the design.

For my heavier snow fall at the bottom of the tree I combined two Tutorials

For my heavier snow fall at the bottom of the tree I combined two Tutorials that I have shared with you in the past.

Design note: I wanted just the softest dusting of snow so I created a veil of snowy fluff. This acts like a lamp screen to conceal the controls but it still lets the flicker of the lights shine through.

Fluff out cotton into a this flat layer

Fluff out cotton into a flat layer and glue it to the twigs. Make sure the cotton is supported on all sides because it is going to carry some weight...

See the Tutorial below in the Tutorial section for detailed instructions on how to fluff out cotton wool... and I also have a Tutorial for how to remove natural cotton from the pods and fluff those out. Book readers you can find more details on page: 35 where I tell you how I use glue... or you can use the technique on page 115- it's messy but it works really well if you want to cover larger areas.

Once the cotton is secure add the artificial snow

Once the cotton is secure add the artificial snow.

The combination of wood glue and artificial snow sets the cotton ( see the Tutorial below) firmly in place creating a barely there but strong screen.

Glue in more twigs to twine through the screen

Glue in more twigs to twine through the screen

Glue a few longer twigs to grow up the tree

Place the tree in a display container and glue a few longer twigs to grow up the tree.

Place the tree in a display container and set aside for the glue to dry

Your tree is now ready to design with.

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Tutorials

11 December 2019 Swirly Twirly Silver Dollar Eucalyptus baubles

Inspired by seedpods... Glue Silver Dollar Eucalyptus leaves into 3 dimensional Christmas decorations.

27 November 2012 Fluff cotton wool for snow

Cotton balls can be unrolled and fluffed to create long garlands of "snow"

28 December 2016 A bark strip and fluffed cotton disk wreath

Cover a wreath frame with bark strips and fluffed out cotton

28 December 2016 Adding snow to twigs

Glue artificial snow to twigs

4 December 2019 Eucalyptus collar for a snow-covered Christmas candle

Not only will your home smell wonderful while crafting this design you will also have a ethereal and long lasting design to enjoy.

19 December 2018 Sparkling Eucalyptus Tabletop Christmas tree

Craft an ethereal Christmas tree from Eucalyptus leaves, twigs and sparkling snow flake crystals.

16 December 2015 Ivy vine Christmas tree mobile

Twist ivy vines around a cardboard shape to create a lace fine Christmas tree mobile.

12 December 2012 Eucalyptus Snow Flakes

Glue seeded eucalyptus snow flakes

6 December 2017 Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree

Glue curved twig snippets to craft a delicate winter white Christmas tree

20 December 2017 Twinkle and Pine Christmas Star

Use a cardboard shape to craft a simple wire Christmas star

20 December 2017 Secret Battery holder

Sometimes the best way to hide something in your design is right in the open

4 December 2013 Large wax snowflakes

Artificial snow can be very "chemical" and flowers deteriorate quickly when exposed to it. It also dissolves in water. I use candle wax as "snow"

4 January 2011 Drinking straw "test tubes"

When you need to keep a tiny stem hydrated this is just what you need.

2 January 2019 Eucalyptus tinsel garland

Wire seeded Eucalyptus into a long tinsel garland.

18 December 2013 Jingle bell stem hook

Cut a delicate stem to hook jingle bells on

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

Related Designs

11 December 2019 A Very Merry eucalyptus bauble Christmas!

For this year's Christmas tree I wired and glued a wild and wintry twig armature... but... these little eucalyptus baubles are just the cutest!

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An easy and naturally fragrant winter white candle decoration to bring nature into your house this Christmas.

19 December 2018 Oh Florist-tree

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16 December 2015 Christmas Waves

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6 December 2017 While I sing of beauty's treasure

Glue the most delicate twig table top Christmas tree

20 December 2017 A Very Merry Christmas Star

A wire Christmas star with a secret plan to hide the twinkle

2 January 2019 One New Year’s Wish

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