Design Master Rustic and Elegant Christmas Tree

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by Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas, Design Master

Design Master Rustic and Elegant Christmas Tree

Make a Christmas Tree from wood!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for neither the paint nor the glue.
  • 2
    Hot glue thinner trims to the flat wooden trim backing
  • 3
    Cover Christmas light bulbs with small pieces of painter’s tape.
  • 4
    Paint the Christmas light cord and bulb sockets with Super Silver. Once the cord is dry, you can remove the painter's tape covering the light bulbs.
  • 5
    Paint the footed urn with Super Silver.
  • 6
    Trim the block of florist’s foam so it fits snugly inside the opening of the painted urn. The top of the foam should be just level with the edge of the opening of the urn. Paint the foam in the urn with Super Silver.
  • 7
    Layout and plan trim placement and sizes. Cut trim in graduating lengths to mimic the rough triangular shape of a Christmas tree.
  • 8
    Paint the cut trim pieces and stake with Holiday Green.
  • 9
    Once the paint is dry, give the trim pieces a coat of gitter spray in Silver.
  • 10
    Paint the wooden stars with Super Silver.
  • 11
    Press the painted wooden stake a few inches into the foam in the urn. Hot glue the stake in place to add stability.
  • 12
    Hot glue painted trim pieces to the stake in the urn. Space the trim pieces with a little irregularity and not quite straight to give the finished piece a sense of rustic charm.
  • 13
    Run the corded Christmas lights throughout the secured trim pieces that now form your Christmas tree. Make sure the plug end of the lights is at the bottom of the tree so it is easy to plug in. Leave a length of lights to wrap around the base of the tree. If needed, you can glue the lights in place at a few spots for added security. (Tip: make sure your hot glue gun is set to low temp so you do not melt the cord on the lights.)
  • 14
    Hot glue a small amount of the Silver angel-hair to the back of the wooden stars. Glue the small rhinestones to the middle of the small stars and the large rhinestone embellishment to the middle of the large star. Attach the decorated stars to the tree in a random, but evenly spaced, pattern to the tree.
  • 15
    Cover the foam with the Silver angel hair and pin the cord of the lights into the foam using greening pins.
  • 16
    Tie a simple bow of Red satin ribbon to the base of the urn. Trim excess if needed.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Design Master Colortool 12 oz. Spray Paint Holiday Green 104180261
  • Design Master Colortool 12 oz. Spray Paint Super Silver 104180268
  • Design Master Glitter Spray Paint 5.5 oz Silver 104180288
  • Assorted 3 Yard Wood Trims (Choose a Variety of Styles and Sizes for Best Effect)
  • Four Foot Long Stake
  • Urn
  • Nicole™ Crafts Wood Shape 3-1/2 inch Star 104140087
  • Lara’s Crafts New Image Company 1 inch x 3/16 inch Wood Stars 25 pc. 104139825
  • Nicole™ Crafts Bling It Adhesive Rhinestones 4 mm 560 pc. Clear 104775826
  • Nicole™ Crafts Bling It Adhesive Rhinestones 8 mm 150 pc. Clear 104775728
  • FloraCraft Desert Foam Design It 3 inch x 4 inch x 9 inch Brick Green 104183731
  • Nicole™ Crafts 35 ct. White Light Strand White Wire 104533617
  • Thin Metal Angel Hair
  • Morex Double Face Satin Ribbon 1-1/2 inch x 5 yard Red 104194665
  • Small Saw
  • Nicole™ Crafts Floral Greening Pins 50 pc. 104186729
  • 3M 3/4 inch x 60 yard Painter Masking Tape 104148328
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Scissors