Hi everyone! Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? I’ve been glitterizing everything in sight and having a ball. My sweet sister, who is still in town, came over one night this past week and we glittered together like crazy. After we left my workroom, my daughter laughed when she saw us–our faces were covered with the stuff. Ah, the life of a crazed crafter. So today, the project I’m sharing is a toilet paper tube upcycle, involving plenty of the aforementioned glitter.
This post is part of a Christmas blog hop sponsored by the lovely folks at Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com. You’ll find dozens pretty fantastic Christmas ideas brought to the party by a group of highly creative bloggers (at the end of this post).
To make your trees you will need:
toilet paper tubes (2 or more)
hot glue gun & glue sticks
extra-fine white or crystal glitter
STEP I: The Tree
Then draw and cut out a pattern that looks something like this. I have to warn you in advance, not all toilet paper tubes are the same size. For you perfectionists out there, this might make you crazy. But for these babies, you have to be flexible: You are not making perfect trees; you are making fun trees. If things don’t come together perfectly, don’t sweat it. Things can be trimmed and touched up and glitterized. All will be fine in the end.
Use a scoring tool or ball point pen to make your score line. You just made the “tab” where you’re going to apply your glue. Fold it back and forth a few times. Take a second to shape your cone without any glue involved. You may need to work out some kinks in your cardboard before you’re ready to glue. It may require some reshaping to make a nice cone shape. Next, lay a bead of hot glue on your “tab.” I usually glue the top half first, and then the lower half after.
Now you should have a nicely glued cone, ready to paint. If you’re dissatisfied with the shape, try working it out with your fingers. You can even use the eraser end of a pencil, tucked up into the cone tip to press outward if necessary.
It’s time to apply a coat of pretty paint to your tree–pink or aqua will do nicely. Next brush on an even coat of Modge Podge over the entire surface and then sprinkle with your glitter. I used extra fine white or crystal glitter for all of my trees. I’m very happy with the coverage of the extra fine and I think the results are pretty spectacular.
STEP II: The Trunk
Now, for the trunk. Make a cut down the side of your second tp tube, as you did to the first (for your tree), then score down the short side about 1/2″ from the end. Clip to the score line all along the edge, about every 1/2″ or so. Roll your tube into a pretty tight cylinder and use hot glue all along the edge to adhere. Pull out your clipped bits to create flower-y looking thing. Paint it brown, if you like. Now you’re going to put hot glue on top of the flower “petals” and then stick this up inside your tree quite firmly. The petals give your trunk something to adhere to the inner walls of your tree.
In order for your tree to stand properly, you need to make a base. Cut a 2″ diameter cardboard circle and paint it white. Glue the bottom of your tree trunk to the center of the white circle and you’re done!
They make a lovely accent for other small and glittery pieces, as I said, like Putz houses, bottle brush trees, mercury glass trees, small bulbs and more. You may notice in the back a pink tree, taller than the rest. I made him from a paper towel tube, using all the same concepts I used for the smaller versions.
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