DIY Twine Twig

December 3, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

Hi friends!  :)

I’ve got another DIY for you today! Last week I showed you a tutorial on how to make some cute little Cement Christmas ornaments, and this week I’ll be showing you how to make something to hang them on :)

I’ve been seeing decorative twine twigs and trees around a bit this season, but because I don’t have the cash to spend on them right now, I thought I’d attempt to make my own. And actually – I surprised myself with how well it turned out! Sometimes I go into these DIYs with no idea whether the vision in my head is actually going to work with the materials I have, so was thrilled to get to the end of this one and find myself with exactly what I’d been trying for! :)

Twine Twig DIYThis is a really simplistic and creative alternative to a Christmas Tree – albeit a smaller, less green, and less tree-like version haha. But still really cute! And, I don’t think it has to be limited to Christmas time either – I can totally see this on it’s own in a vase all year round (Or hang some eggs on it for Easter, hearts for Valentines Day?…)

So, let’s do this!

Twine Twig DIYYou’ll need:
– 4 lengths of thick wire (approx. 1 metre each) – They should be as thick as you’d like your branches to be. Mine were still bendable, but pretty solid.
– A roll of twine
– Tape
– Super Glue
– Pliers
– Wire cutters

*There were no hard and fast rules about how to shape your branch. You might want to use more or less wire, or have shorter lengths. Play around with it, and do whatever works for you. Also if you have a specific bottle you want to put the finished branch in, keep it in mind as you work. This will determine how long the stem should be to fit nicely. Keep the bottle nearby so you can keep measuring the branch against it.*

Step 1.
Take the 4 lengths of wire and hold them together in a bundle. You can tape them together lower down to stop them separating, or just hold them firmly. Start to move and bend the individual pieces of wire to form the branches. Make some shorter and some longer. If you want another branch, you can even bend one of the lengths of wire in half and bring the bottom half up to form a branch.

Once you’ve got the branches in the positions you like, tape them together. If you have any longer lengths of wire coming out the bottom, fold them up so they’re all around the same length. Tape them all together. It doesn’t matter too much if it looks a bit messy at this stage, it’ll all get covered.

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When winding on the twine, it’s best to start from the ends and work to the middle. Keeping the twine attached to the ball – begin at the top branch tip, glue the start of the twin over the end of the wire with superglue (be careful not to glue your fingers!). Once it’s secure, begin to wrap the twine around the wire tightly, adding a dob of superglue every now and then to stop it unravelling.

Keep wrapping until you reach a junction. At the junction (where another branch comes in), glue the end of the twine to the wire and once it’s secure, cut it off from the main ball.

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Step 3.
Do this same process with the remaining branches, always starting from the end and working to the middle.

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Step 4.
Once all the branches are done (or you can do it in stages like I did in the photo above) wrap the main middle stem tightly from top to bottom. Work all the way down until you reach the base of your branch. Glue the end of the twine down and cut off the excess.

Ta daaaaa! One twine-wrapped branch, ready for decorating.

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The Cement Trees looked really pretty with the twine, don’t you think? And I added a touch of neon ribbon and wrapping to make it bright and cheerful :)

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FF Decor Guide

November 14, 2013 | Christmas, Guides

Oh my gosh I love Christmas decorations! In real life, my Christmas decoration box is full of a mish-mash of ornaments, garlands and lights that have all come from different places at different times.. but if I could start from scratch I’d gladly add any of the lovelies below to my collection – especially no. 6. I’m utterly head over heals for that wreath.

Without even thinking about it, I’ve managed to keep all these ornaments in the fairly neutral range, so you could add any colours with them you want really! Happy decorating! :)

Decor Guide

1. Louise Roe Copper Diamond Ornament (Norsu)  2. Teepee Christmas Ornaments (Prince Design UK)  3. Ornate House Ornament (Crate & Barrel)  4. Fabric Engraving Ornaments (Terrain)  5. Handmade Paper Bunting (Toast)

Decor Guide6. Large Copper Himmeli Wreath (Hruskaa)  7. Star Himmeli (Hruskaa)  8. Mirror House Christmas Ornament (Here & Now)  9. Crochet Garland (Namolio)  10. Birch Star Ornaments (Terrain)  11. Vegas Boneyard Star Light (Fromage La Rue)  12. Wooden Creature Ornaments (Urban Outfitters)

DIY Christmas Wreath

November 29, 2012 | DIY

Oh I do love a good Christmas wreath! There’s just something so festive about seeing wreaths hung on doors, especially when they’re made from real foliage and berries. I find something very relaxing about making them too, from going to the market to select my branches and leaves, to cutting them down to size and winding them onto the ring.. my studio has been smelling particularly good lately with all this greenery around!

So I thought I’d pass on the little knowledge I have of wreath-making with you. I’m not sure if I’m doing it right really (I did learn a few years ago, but can’t remember the exact details!), but it gets the result so why not :)

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A wreath ring (any size and material you like)
– Green florist wire
– Various types of foliage, flowers, and berries

Note: Fragile plants won’t work too well here, look for hardy wooded plants and sticks that will last a while without water. Also, including some foliage with more volume and leaves helps to fill out areas and hides the wire better.

Step 1.
Cut your foliage into manageable pieces. My ring is 30cm (12″) and I cut them to around 13cm (5″).

Step 2.
Wind a loop of wire around the ring edge and secure. Keep the wire attached to the roll, it’s a handy way to continuously pass the wire around the wreath.

Step 3.
Take one or two of your foliage pieces and lay them over the wire. Bring the wire around the ring and over the foliage stems to keep them in place. Keep the wire fairly tight so they don’t shift around.

Step 4.
Always work in the same direction. Place the next piece overlapping the bottoms of the last so as to cover the wire. Bring a loop of wire around again and secure tightly.

Step 3.
Continue this way (not forgetting to also cover the inside edge and outside edge as well) until you reach the start again. Finish off by hiding the stems of your final foliage pieces under the tops of the first pieces you put down. Carefully wind the wire around a final time, keeping it hidden as much as possible under foliage. Once you’re sure it’s all secure, cut the wire and secure the end under the wreath.

Step 4.
Now you can look at your wreath overall and gently maneuver pieces that seem out of place, or even add new pieces if you think it needs it.

That’s it! You can add a ribbon later if you want to, or a hook of wire at the back for hanging. Most of all, just enjoy the process and have fun with it!