Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Haul Out The Holly: Christmas Tree Twig Art

Haul Out the Holly,Gwenny Penny,Christmas tutorials

I'm so excited to be a part of the Haul Out the Holly Event again! I had a great time making my felt poinsettias for last year's event!

This year, my project is going to be just as easy and thrifty.

I'm going to show you how to make Christmas Tree Twig Art


I first started with 3 pieces of scrap beadboard I had on hand. Now you can use anything you have available at home. 1x3 pine pieces would work great as well, like I did HERE.

I cut them equal length:16.5 inches
You can use any desired length of your choice


I then took 2 pieces of lathe wood to secure the 3 pieces of wood. I used Gorilla Glue and then nailed them in place. If you have a nail gun, then that is a nice time saver! I love mine! Don't know what I would do without it!


I wanted to create a simple frame around the edge of my beadboard for a more finished look so I cut up a 1/2 inch x 1 inch trim piece in 4 pieces. Mine were approx. 10.5 inches (2) and 15 inches (2) long.
I painted the beadboard an off-white color and then painted the trim pieces a dark red.


While your wood pieces are drying, go out in the yard and start searching for some twigs for your art piece. This is a great opportunity to get your kids involved.


After the paint was dry. I sanded down the edges of the painted wood pieces and added a little Early American MinWax Stain to give them a worn look that I love.

After they were dry, then I glued down the 4 trim pieces with Gorilla glue and a nail gun around the perimeter of the the beadboard. It gives it a nice finished look.


Now the twig tree is so easy. You just start breaking up your collected twigs. I started from the bottom with the longest piece and worked my way up...getting shorter and shorter, until I reached the top. I used 3 small twigs for the trunk. I simply used a hot glue gun to secure the pieces on the beadboard.


For the star, I used skinny twigs all broken in 5 even lengths. I made a star figure and secured the ends with hot glue. I wanted to add a little more interest to the star so I wrapped thin twin around the points and glued them to secure them. They are more for looks than function. :)




The power of scrap wood, nature and a glue gun to create your own Christmas Art!



Thanks so much for visiting today. And a big thanks to Gwen from Gwenny Penny for having me join in on the the Haul Out The Holly Festivities!

Now the event continues for 3 weeks! There will be a featured blogger each day showing off a fun Christmas craft tutorial that you can make, too!


Linking up HERE
Best DIY Projects of November-Beneath My Heart
Christmas Linky Party at Someday Crafts

58 comments:

  1. Great tutorial, Kindra! I love the look of this. Very rustic. Thanks so much for being a part of Haul Out the Holly :)

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  2. That is adorable. I love the beadboard, it adds just the right touch!

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  3. That is so cute and for some reason it makes me laugh so hard.... maybe the cute name "tree twig art". So sweet. Love it!
    Holly

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  4. This is neat. I envision Christmas trees out of so many things! I like how you roughly framed out your piece too.

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  5. I love how festive and rustic this is! Such a cute idea!

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  6. This is such a lovely use of old twigs. So beautiful and so simple to do! Way to go!

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  7. I love, love, love this festive tree! I saw it on a linky party and HAD to come see it! Totally inspired my friend!

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  8. I love this idea! I might just have to try a version of it with my kids at school. :) I think those could be a fun ornament, too!

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  9. That is completely adorable! Love it!!

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  10. This is AWESOME!!! I LOVE this idea!!! :) I'm your newest follower from Someday Crafts! :)

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  11. What a super adorable idea! LOVE it!

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  12. Just beautiful! Totally something I would love in my house!
    I love the beadboard background. :-)
    Happy to have found your blog today!
    ~Bec
    www.littlelucylu.com

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  13. Very cute, would love to make one, but where oh where would I put it.

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  14. this is a fantastic project and would match my other decorations perfectly :) thank you for finding my blog because now i can look through yours--have a great day! :)

    katie

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  15. My preference has always been a rustic-inspired Christmas. Your project is lovely.

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  16. This is a beautiful piece! I love the whole thing!
    xoxo,
    Amy

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  17. Kindra, I swear you are the craftiest person I know! :) That is too cute!

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  18. This is precious! Love the little twig star and the tutorial is great! ;)

    Would LOVE to have you link up at our "Home For The Holidays" link party!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  19. Oh my goodness, Kindra, this just might be my favorite thing yet! It's a blend of rustic and prim....the perfect combination in my book! I LOVE this! Awesome!!!!

    Tammy

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  20. Nice job!! Very clever. New follower here. Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party going on right now :) http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/bedazzle-me-monday-10.html

    Have a great week!!

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  21. Really fun and unique :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

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  22. love it! Decorating with nature is the best!

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  23. I love this! I made our Christmas tree this year out of driftwood. Your tree came out great! Happy Holidays!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  24. These are all fabulous! love them all!

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  25. This is sooo sooo perfect in every way. I am all for the rustic vintage look. Thank you for stopping by Space 46 and following. I am now following you too. Yes I look forward to joining your party next week. Best, My

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  26. Oh my gosh this is soo cute & creative! Love inexpensive little projects & this looks absolutely amazing!

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  27. wow! I love everything about this little twiggy beauty :o)

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  28. Twiggy awesomeness!!!
    Shannon
    www.akadesign.ca

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  29. Love it! I posted a link to this on my blog: http://www.thecraftbarn-ny.blogspot.com/2011/12/crafty-friday-plusa-new-craft-book.html
    Thank you!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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  30. Love this idea! Normally I go for the glittery & shiny stuff, but I really like the rustic charm of this project. Great job!

    Stopping over from the Serenity Now blog party. :)

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  31. This is so pretty! I absolutely love it! Would love for you to link up @ Find Your Craft Friday over on my blog... Have a great Friday! :)

    Emily @ BabyBerry
    http://weinzapfelbabyberry.blogspot.com/

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  32. really love this!! never thoughts twigs could look so good :)

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  33. I love your project, Kindra! The rustic look is fantastic. I'd love to Feature it...if you could please add a link back to my party in your post as well, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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  34. What a fun idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Found you via SerenityNow

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  35. WOW! Love your version of the Christmas tree... I have seen them made with old wood but love the twigs on the bead board! Thanx for sharing! I am your newest follower. Visit me over at my blog palace. Tiff

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  36. Oh wow.. just WOW! This is so gorgeous!

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 110. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150484092481141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  37. Great job! I love your creativity. Thanks for sharing.

    Pam

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  38. I really love this, Kindra! I love using sticks in decor, so of course I love this too :)

    I featured this on my blog today:
    http://christinasadventures.com/2011/12/sunday-features-49.html

    And I'm pinning it here:
    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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  39. So cute! Thanks for sharing =) I may share this later this week on my blog...if that's ok!
    Visiting from Lovely Crafty Home

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  40. This is so darn CUTE...LOVE it!!! Hopover and share it at my NIFTY THRIFTY party on Monday.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  41. so adorable. I think we could rule the world with our glue guns!

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  42. I love, love, love this!!!
    Your blog is beautiful and I featured this
    tutorial on my blog today..wanted to share
    the wealth!!

    www.dandelionfarmgirl.com

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  43. What a great Christmas tree! I just love all the textures you incorporated--especially the star. Wonderful job!

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  44. Adorable project with the twigs. Gonna share with my readers at Blue Velvet Chair, who just love everything recycled and repurposed.
    Michael

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  45. I Love, love, love this! I am featuring it today at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured' button.

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  46. This is so cool - keen to try it with my granddaughter :)

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  47. Oddly enough, someone gave me several boxes of little twigs, all dry, ready to go and just waiting for exactly the right craft - this looks perfect! Thanks for the inspiration, and have a Very Twiggy Christmas!

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  48. This is fabulous - rustic, yet chic! Thanks so much for linking to my Saturday 7 party last week. I shared your idea in this week's Saturday 7 Spotlight! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2011/12/saturday-seven-spotlight_10.html

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  49. oi !!!! adorei !!! tão fofo , delicado , vou fazer é bem fácil !!! venha me visitar !!!bjos

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  50. You are featured on New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!

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  51. this is fantastic - and i will absolutely be making several. however, i think i'd use a flat piece of styrofoam, paint or cover with some fabric, then glue the twigs to that - mainly cuz i have a huge fabric stash. i also have a pile of twigs and limbs in the back yarn from a recent clean up. i've made the stars before and sold them at a craft fair i participated in. free to me. $5 to those who bought them! i also used some gold web spray and some lightly sprinkled 'frosting' of superfine glitter on some of them. that would work on this too. thanks for sharing.
    jd in st louis
    http://crochet.craftgossip.com

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  52. Genius idea! I just wanted to let you know that I've included this in our Christmas roundup on the FaveCrafts Blog: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-classy-christmas-crafts/

    Please let me know if you're ever interested in publishing your tutorials/patterns with FaveCrafts!

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