I do love to decorate for the holidays but this year it is just out of the question. I am getting myself in the mood for Christmas by doing one small tree and absolutely NOTHING else inside.
I cut them into thirds and exposed the wick. I also melted the wax on the bottom of each candle section and rubbed it with a paper towel to get it to a size that would squeeze into the holder on the tree.
Once they were all in position, I wrapped each holder with a little strip of burlap and hot glued the ends together.
Next I glued a black button to each one. There are 16 candles on the entire tree and I was able to find 4 sets of matching buttons in my stash for each tier, so that worked out nicely. (not that anyone would really notice, but, well... you know)
You can see I put the garland in place first. Sorry, no pics there. I cut the garland in half and ran it up two sides of the center pole. Then I just fluffed it out and hoped once the rest of the decorations were in place it would be enough.
So now for the ornaments.
I added a green wash to this one because it looked a little dry and lifeless in the natural wood tone.
I tied a little bow over each ornament.
Then I outlined the star topper with a row of twine on both the front and the back.
It picks up the colors of the ornaments and connects them to each other.
It also connects the four sets of branches which is exactly what needed to happen. I'd say it was a well spent four and a half dollars.
Just when I thought I was finished, I noticed this twine on the counter.
Turns out it added a some movement and a lightness to the overall scheme of the tree.
I never really intended to burn the candles on this tree. A darkened wick was enough to give the illusion that they could be lit. However, I attemped to get them all lit at once without turning it into a charred disaster just for one picture.
It is a perfect table top tree with lots of little things to see.
In a couple years it might be just the thing for my grandsons to have in their playroom.
That does it! It's my tree for 2012. You can check out my tree for 2011 here.
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