First, let me say….I have been enjoying all the wonderful pictures that I have been seeing of everyone’s Christmas Decor! Oh, how I miss not having my home decorated this year! But, since I am all packed and getting ready to move (that is a story in itself!) I didn’t bring anything out this year except the Christmas Tree. And I tried to talk the kids into just letting me put all the presents around the Tree box so I didn’t even have to set that up! LOL. But, they weren’t having that! So, they decorated the tree this year.
Today’s tutorial has been inspired by all the wonderful pictures of feather trees I see out there! I love them all! I see so many different versions of them…..some large, some small, some made of feathers, some made of tree branches, some made of sprigs of artificial pine, some look more country and some are very primitive! So, I decided to make one for my self! Here is my version. I will be sharing a different version with you tomorrow, as well! Thought since I didn’t have time to post much last week, I would do a “bonus” post this week for all of you. Hope you enjoy!
*7/16” Dowel Rod (can find these at craft stores and most hardware stores)
*3 Pine Sprigs (you can get these at Joanns or Micheals at 60% off now!)
*Hot Glue Gun
*Dark Walnut Minwax Stain
*Very thin drill bit (I used a 5/64” bit)
*Star of choice (I used a paper Clay one that I had from last year)
*Pot (I used a small crock)
First, we need to take apart our Sprigs of pine.
Now, we are going to separate them. You will see that there are larger ones (from the bottom of the sprig) and shorter ones (from the top of the sprig).
Lets take your Sprigs now and cut them all down! You need to do four of the longer ones about 1” from where the branches start. Also, you will need to do another four of the longer ones about 1/4” from where the branches start. Then, take your shorter ones and cut four of them about 1/4” from the branches.
Next, we need to measure and mark your dowel rod at 24”. I then took and cut mine with my jigsaw. Also, stain your dowel rod now with your Dark Walnut Minwax Stain.
Now, measure up from the bottom 6” and make a light mark with a pencil. Take your drill and drill straight thru your rod, then straight thru again the opposite direction. Basically making an “X” at your mark.
With your hot glue, take and put a little dab of glue on the end and insert it about halfways into the drilled hole; remember you need to put another one in that hole on the other side!
Do all four holes with hot glue on the stem ends and insert. It should look like this now on the bottom layer!
Now, let’s measure up another 6” and repeat the same process. Mark, drill, hot glue and insert stems. I did “stagger” this level, meaning that I had the branches “turned” so that the stems when in the different direction then the others.
Repeat this process again with the 3rd layer. This time you will be using the smallest of the stems. Again, stagger them.
Now, take and place your star on top of your dowel rod. I used the hot glue and adhered on there.
I then took and inserted floral styrofoam into my small crock and placed my dowel rod into it. I did secure it too with hot glue!
Take and hot glue some spanish moss on top of the floral foam to cover it.
This is what my feather tree looks like completed!