Mini Foil Trees

 

Mini Foil Trees

It’s a wet, drizzly day here in Scottsdale. I feel like that is something that I never get to say. Have I ever mentioned that I love the rain? These kind of days are my absolute favorite. I’m sure it comes from growing up in Oregon. It’s a perfect day for crafting.

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The idea for these little foil trees came about because I was debating whether I wanted to put up my vintage aluminum tree this year, and if I do, how I’m going to decorate it. (Gold ornaments on a silver tree perhaps?) It takes up a lot of space. (I was going to put a picture of it here, but I guess I’ve never taken one. Which pretty much means that I need to put it up this year, so that I can take a stinkin’ picture!)

Anyhoo… Thinking of the tree inspired me to create mini ones. (hello attention deficit disorder.) Oh and this is another project using bamboo skewers. Like this and this.

Supplies: bamboo skewers, aluminum foil, scissors, hot glue gun, wine cork (optional)

Cut the foil into four strips, each about 5 inches long. Make one strip 2 inches tall, one 1 and 3/4 inches, one 1 and a 1/2 and one that is 1 and 1/4 inches tall.

20131122-124510.jpgTake the biggest one and cut it into a fringe. Space the cuts 1/4 inch apart. Do this for the other foil strips. Making sure to keep the cuts 1/4 inch for all pieces.

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Pick a spot about 4 inches from the top of your skewer, and glue the edge of the foil fringe to it. 
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Start wrapping it around, slowing layering the fringe as you move up.20131122-124552.jpg

Keep adding the next smaller size, until you used all the foil fringe and your at the top of the skewer.

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Fluff out the fringe. I gently curled up the ends of the fringe using pencil.
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Then cut off the extra bottom of the skewer. Or don’t. I stuck the skewer in a wine cork, so it would stand.  I can think of a ton of places to put these. Stick one in a cube of cheese and decorate a cheese and cracker platter. Stick one in a wreath. Use them to decorate your gingerbread house. Use them your mini Christmas villiage. Got any other ideas?

Of course the foil wrinkles easily, so be cautious lying these down. But it’s easy to straighten out.

20131122-124803.jpgHave a happy weekend!

 

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, Moonlight and Mason Jars, By Stephanie Lynn

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