Janice came up with the idea of adding glittered bottle brush trees to our assortment of wares and has been working furiously on them. Hers are adorable, as are all of her crafts. She has them in assorted bases, like vintage door knobs, and vintage thread spools. Here's the crafter's dilemma in July: guess how many stores have bottle brush trees right now to purchase for crafting. If you guessed zero, you'd be right. It is only July 10th, but I am seeing signs of Fall foliage in Michael's and before you know it, Christmas will follow. If we had a Hobby Lobby (dammit) I bet they have some stuff soon too. So we did what a lot of us crafters do, we raided our own inventories (yes, sadly we have enough ap-cray to open our own Hobby Lobby) which leads to another crafter's dilemma in July. Our stuff is either in the attic in crates (Janice) or in the garage in crates (me) and considering it is hotter than deep fried hell outside, you can imagine how hot it is in our storage spaces. I had an idea... I found an old artificial wreath that wasn't too hard to get to and thought I could just cut some branches off to make my own trees.
Inside my cool craft room I have a box of wine and champagne corks I have collected from my friends. I'm not much of a wine drinker myself. (I'm sipping on a coconut rum and coke - or a "mama coke" as I call them, even as I write)
I cut some of the branches from my wreath...
Using wire cutters, not the scissors that are shown. I used the scissors to trim each branch to give them more of a tree shape before I glued them into the corks. I simply poked a hole in the cork with my round nosed pliers and super glued them into the holes.
... and how cute are these?! I painted on some ModPodge and then glittered them with mica flakes and Diamond Dust glitter. So fast, and so easy.
I found this roll of baker's twine at TJMaxx/Home Goods and was just waiting for the right project to use it. I thought it would make the perfect bow around the trees.
Christmas in July!