FloraCraft® Smooth Half Ball Trees

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by Dondi Richardson, FloraCraft®

FloraCraft® Smooth Half Ball Trees

FloraCraft® Smooth Half Ball Trees provide a new twist to the old tradition of the Christmas tree.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    For the tallest tree; cut a 4 inch, 3 inch, 2-1/2 inch, 2 inch and a 1-1/2 inch ball in half. Glue the half balls together stacked one on top of the other, from the largest to the smallest with half a toothpick inserted in between each layer. Glue two 1 inch balls on top of the tree. Stack the balls straight up or asymmetrically as shown. The medium tree uses a 4 inch, 3 inch, 2-1/2 inch, 2 inch and a 1-1/2 inch ball. Set aside one half of the 4 inch ball for a future project. Stack and glue the half balls together the same as you did for the large tree and glue two, 1 inch balls to the top. The smallest tree uses a 3 inch, 2-1/2 inch, 2 inch and a 1-1/2 inch ball. Stack and glue the half balls together and glue two 1 inch balls to the top.
  • 2
    Use a spatula to completely coat the trees with modeling paste. Be sure to mix the material before using. Apply a small amount of the modeling paste to the foam and spread it out evenly in all directions, working it into the cells of the foam.
  • 3
    To create the textured finish on the largest tree, use the brush first to apply the coating to the crevices of the tree, and then use the spatula to create small overlapping ripples in the coating. Apply a small mound of modeling paste to the tree and then another small mound overlapping that. Keep working with the coating until the tree is coated and fairly uniform. Let dry completely. Use the sanding block to slightly sand the raised areas of the tree to give the smooth appearance shown.
  • 4
    To create the super sleek finish on the smaller trees, use the brush to smooth out the coating as you apply it. You can apply it first with the spatula and then smooth out with the brush or just use the brush to apply to the entire tree. Let dry. Use the sanding block to create the all over smooth appearance.
  • 5
    Use a dry brushing technique to apply Green Sea paint to the textured tree. Apply a light amount of paint to the flat brush and then wipe access paint on a paper towel. Using the side of the brush, lightly brush across the raised areas of the tree leaving the lower textured areas bare. Paint the medium tree Green Sea and the small tree White. Let dry completely.
  • 6
    Apply an even coat of gloss glaze to all three of the trees and let dry.
  • 7
    To create the tree trunks, cut the top 4-inches off the 9 inch cone using the serrated knife. Use the bottom 5 inch of the cone for the base of the largest tree. Cut about 3/4 inch off the top of the remaining 4 inch of cone, this is the base for the smallest tree. Cut the top 2-1/2 inch off the 6 inch cone. Use the bottom of the cone for the medium sized tree base. Coat the three tree bases with Smooth Finish, let dry then sand the bases smooth. Paint the bases Silver and let dry.
  • 8
    Insert toothpicks halfway into the tops of the bases and glue the trees in place.
  • 9
    Embellish the trees with the metallic yarn. Pin the end of the yarn to the top of the tree and spiral it down around to the bottom. Secure the yarn with a pin at the bottom of the tree.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1+ hours

Project Supplies

  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 16 pc. 1 inch 104183629
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 12 pc. 1-1/2 inch 104183627
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2 inch 104183633
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2-1/2 inch 104183631
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 3 inch
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 2 pc. 4 inch 104183639
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Cone 3 inch x 6 inch 104179408
  • Floracraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Cone 4 inch x 9 inch 104179411
  • Liquitex® Modeling Paste 16 oz. 104127018
  • Plaid® FolkArt® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Green Sea 104770167 (4)
  • Plaid® Apple Barrel® Acrylic Paint 8 oz. White 104108822
  • Plaid® Apple Barrel® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Silver 104107412 (4)
  • Americana® Triple Thick Gloss Glaze 104549496 (4)
  • Lion Brand® Vanna's Glamour® Yarn Platinum 104462378
  • Toothpicks
  • FloraCraft® Foam Cutter 6 inch 2 blade 104186311 or Serrated Knife
  • Paint Spatula or Putty Knife
  • Princeton Artist Brush Co. Brush Synthetic Bristle Flat 6 104464405 or Other Flat Brush
  • Fine Sanding Block
  • Straight Pins