Friends..I am so excited to share my idea with you! This particular idea came to me a few weeks ago inspired by Christmas trees and their pointy needles. Unfortunately, life happens (sickness, work, household tasks, etc.) and delayed me from actually executing my thought.
This weekend provided time for movie watching and crafting with the husband! (Well--he was mostly watching the movies and I was crafting) It was the PERFECT opportunity for Adam to watch his guy movie--"The Expendables"-- starring every stud in the action world you could possibly imagine. We both enjoyed our "quality time" as we were content with our choice of entertainment. When the movie ended, my craft was complete.
Introducing the Almond Tree:
Materials needed to make your very own Almond Tree:
- 2 Styrofoam Cones (Dollar Tree $2--buying a smaller, extra
cone will provide enough styrofoam for step 4 in the tutorial)
- Slivered Almonds (Walmart $2.37)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Sticks
Making Your Almond Tree
1. Set up your work station making the slivered almonds accessible and be
sure to have your hot glue gun ready!
2. Draw a straight line of hot glue on your styrofoam cone.
3. Simply stick your slivered almonds on your hot glue line...one at a time :)
As you are creating your first row, test it out after applying a few almonds
by standing it on your table. Once your styrofoam cone is standing firm,
continue gluing on your almonds..remember, one at a time!
Attach your slivered almonds at a slight angle to
create the pine needle effect.
Soon it will start to look like this (--hula skirt anyone?)
Once completing row after row after row, your patience will be wearing thin. Lucky for you--you are almost finished!
4. With the extra styrofoam cone you purchased, cut a small cone to place on
top of your original styrofoam cone to complete the point of your tree and
simply hot glue it into place.
5. Continue to glue your slivered almonds one by one on your new point until
you have finished your tree!
6. This last step is up to YOU..creating the decoration for the top of your
tree! I enjoyed the simplicity and rustic appearance of the
almonds so I decided to make a little bow out of twine and attached it with
more hot glue. Similar to the Acorn Wreath, spray paint might be the
perfect effect to transform the almonds to match your home decor!
Remember--this step is up to you!
Here is the end result:
I am so very pleased with the final result. This DIY Craft was fun to make--just pop in your favorite movie (or have the hubs pick out his) and glue away! It is fulfilling creating something tangible from mere thoughts in your head. Be encouraged--put your thoughts into action and create something beautiful for your home or for a loved one!
Thank you for reading and I hope you have been inspired by my Almond Tree!