My unplanned foray into crafting on TV has not brought me riches or fame (I don’t get paid to do my segments and Martha still hasn’t called.) but the adventure has payed off in many other ways. It’s forced me to learn how to craft on the fly in front of live audiences and allowed me to meet many talented people who come through the studio.
Enter J Schwanke, the flower expert at uBloom.com and host of JTV, an entertaining floral design show on the web. J and I met backstage a few years ago while prepping for our regular segments at WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five & Company” here in West Michigan. Turns out he’s a rising star in the floral industry and very nice to boot. He has kindly invited me on his web show to do craft segments and I always have a great time.
And read on for the directions to make your own wrapped mini Christmas trees.
These trees go together fast, so they make for a fun last-minute project for the whole family.
* Cardboard cone (Get one from crafty friend who buys yarn on cones, or purchase an empty cone at your local craft store.)
* Yarn, fabric or ribbon in color of your choice (Ribbon and fabric strips measuring a half inch to 2 inches wide work well for this project. The wider the strip, the faster the project will go.)
* Glue gun or double sized tape
* Straight pins
* Holiday confetti (stars, candy candy, snowflakes, etc.)
* Floral wire
* Tack hammer (optional, but useful if you’re planning to make several trees)
Wrap Your Tree
1) Poke the end of your yarn, fabric or ribbon into the top of the cone and use glue or a piece of double sided tape to secure.
2) Begin wrapping and continue until the entire surface of the cone is covered. Feel free to add glue or tape along the way to secure the wrap as you go.
3) When you finish wrapping, cut the end about four inches from the bottom of the cone and use glue or tape to secure the end to the inside of the cone.
1) Poke straight pins through the center of about a dozen pieces of confetti and then poke them into the wrapped cone to look like ornaments.
2) If you want to embellish even more, wrap the cone with floral wire.
The embellishment possibilities are endless. Experiment with your favorite yarns, fabrics, ribbons, wires, beads, mini pompoms and whatever else you can think of to make your own collection of one-of-a-kind trees.