Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman
Barely there twig tabletop Christmas tree
Place a dowel in a small container. I used a Kenzan to keep the dowel upright.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to use a Kenzan.
Fold a piece of paper in half and measure it against the dowel to make it easier for you to shape the tree.
Rip the paper to the rough shape of your tree.
Glue the paper to the back of the dowel. It is going to be removed so place small glue dots at the top, middle and bottom just to keep it in place temporarily.
Glue the first twig snippet to the dowel.
Start to shape the tree. Imagine what the branches would look like with a dusting of snow.
Place all the twigs to slope out and down from the mid point and then slightly lift up towards the tip. Stay within the template created by the paper at the back of the dowel.
Cover the dowel with snippets of twigs so that it blends in.
Add a few vine tendrils between the twigs.
Remove the paper from the back of the dowel
You can now turn the tree around and use the twigs as a guide to add twig snippets to the other side...
or cover only the one side if you prefer it to look less dense. See further down the Tutorial for instructions on how to finish it off neatly.
Paint the delicate branches with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow.
See the Tutorial below for more detailed instructions on how to add the fake snow.
Paint the back of the dowel with wood glue...
And sprinkle it with fake snow to finish off the design
Cover the Kenzan with a fluffy tree skirt (See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions) and sprinkle it with snow
Glue in tiny water tubes for the fresh flowers
See the Tutorial below for detailed instructions on how I make tiny water tubes from drinking straws.
Paint the outside of the water tubes with wood glue and sprinkle with fake snow.
Hang a few baubles on the twig snipped branches.
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