I feel like I have never been busier in my whole. dang. life. I’ve got a book about alcohol ink crafting that is coming out next month (more on that in a bit), lots of projects going on for myself and brands and then it’s Christmastime so I’ve got to buy gifts and wrap them and all of that jazz. In all honesty it’s probably not that much more hectic than previous years but I swear it feels like the worst EVER.
But perhaps I’m just a bit melodramatic :) I’ve got the earache from hell and that makes my far whinier than I would normally be. Tipping over off of my chair on a regular basis doesn’t help my attitude much, darn that equilibrium problem!
Since Christmas is upon us I’ve been making some Christmas-y decor to put around the house. I’ve decided I’m a solid NO on bringing out our 8 or 10 foot tree or whatever that monster is and I’m just going to do little festive crafts that make happy and help me get into the spirit of it all.
So when I was working on another craft with Popsicle sticks I was looking at the humble little things and wondering if I could make ornaments out of them that were more modern looking. I played around for a while and I was really happy with the shape that I made but I felt like the end product wasn’t quite as simple therefore modern looking as I had hoped.
I do have to say that decorating them like little trees was a lot more fun than just glittering them, but in the end I LOVED the little colorful glittered trees so it’s the way I decided to fancy up all of mine. If you have kiddos you might want to make up a stack of these and then let them decorate them however they please. That would be so much fun!
Are you ready to make these delightfully colorful and glitzy glitter covered modern Christmas tree ornaments made from humble popsicle sticks? Let’s get it!
For this project you will need:
- Jumbo Popsicle sticks
- Glue (I used a hot glue gun for speed)
- Strong nippers (I used tin snips)
- Mod Podge (I used ultra matte)
Take 2 Popsicle sticks and begin the shape of the letter “V” (albeit an upside down V). Now I didn’t use a pattern or even put out any kind of effort try to get all of mine to match but they still do so that’s totally awesome. Glue the 2 sticks together and allow to dry. If you’re a hectic crafter, like me, hot glue works super fast.
Next glue the bottom, base part of the Christmas tree. To keep the look more modern and clean glue one on top ofy our V and one underneath.
And, yes, a cat attack promptly followed that previous pic. What can I say? She’s a freaking wild thing :)
Using very strong shears or nippers trim the overlapping areas to create a clean, pointy triangle. Using a steeper angle will result in a less pointy tree if you need to worry about children and eyeballs, or you can round them a bit. Not that they can’t still jam it in their eye socket but my trees are super pointy.
Cut a small piece of Popsicle stick between 1-2″ long and attach it to bottom, base piece which ever side you deem as the back of the tree.
Boom! Modern little Christmas tree!
Now my first go I decorated up like a little tree and that was fun…
…but when I spied a whole bunch of glitter I bought for another project it seemed the perfect thing to do! I fixed this guy up, fell in love and promptly lost him. That’s why there are no pics of him with the other finished trees :) My office slash craft room slash dog’s bedroom is a total disaster right now. DISASTER. It’s okay because I bought the wrong texture of glitter in that color anyway :)
Look at that! All of that lovely glitzy Christmas action up there is so pretty, isn’t it? It’s pretty dang convenient that you don’t even need to put hangers on these guys unless you just really want to. The triangle neatly rests on branches to adorn the tree!
What do you think? Are you as surprised as I am that popsicle sticks could make such a modern looking Christmas craft?