Obsession with conifers? check.
Crafty inspiration? check.
a trio of crafts? triple check.
I am back to share the third and final installment of tree crafts. As you can see, I have quite the collection already. And then this morning and afternoon I told ya’ll about how I added to that assortment with a FREE hemp cone tree and then a FREE waxpaper fluttery cone tree. Gotta love the free crafts.
This third and final tree was inspired by West Elm. They made a stick tree that I swore someone could make at home. And so I brainstormed my own version of the stick tree.
And ended up with a little different twist on the rustic christmas tree.
It all began with a bunch of sticks. We had a whole giant stack of them in our master bedroom (you can see a photo of them in the corner of an old house tour photo):
All we did was chop them to different lengths. For those of you attempting this at home, we started with 12 sticks at five inches and then did 12 more every size 1/4 inch shorter. (12 @ 5″, 12 @ 4.75″, 12 @ 4.5″, etc.). We did that till we got to 1 inch. You may not use all the sticks…because you like it the way you like it…but this is how we began.
Then we made squares. I used hot glue to secure the corners.
After I made all the squares, I tested how I wanted to stack them. This is just like Lincoln Logs. Just stack and stack and test and play.
In the end I went with a little twisty look. Basically I started with one square and then layered the next one at an angle. The third square was at a different angle. Then I just repeated that same thing all the way up.
Little dabs of hot glue whereever there was an intersection kept it secure.
All the way till I got the full tree 🙂
It took a bit of finesse to get the tree to be straight…but I considered it like a challenge on Survivor. Build this tree and get an excursion to see the waterfalls of Malaysia and eat OVER thirteen calories!
Seriously though…I am so glad that I got to craft these trees. It was super fun. Maybe next year I can add to the collection with a couple yarn versions or ones made from holly leaves or even maybe a little golden wire one 🙂 How bout you? Anyone create their own crafty conifer? Anybody attempt their own stick tree? Any past Lincoln Log lovers? Or maybe you just are glad to see the end of the tree-o? 🙂