The branches were painted and we were ready to figure out how to put them up. We started with a board, attached a sour cream container with hot glue and a screw and washer. The upright branch was secured with Plaster of Paris (which, of course, I just happened to have in the studio). The side branch was attached with hot glue and a wood brace and screw to hold it in place. The clamp will be hidden by the fiberfill snow.
It looks like a flock of Rainbow Tok Tok birds migrated to KY this year!... at least, it looks that way in my great room. I love the fact that the mantle decorations didn't cost anything . Just a few branches of Christmas greenery, some batting, lights, and an iridescent ribbon and all is good!! I think this may stay up for a little bit of the winter season.
1. Glue the balls on top of the spools, making sure that the holes line up exactly. Let dry.
2. Spray paint the tassel piece.
3. Decorate to your taste.
4. Wrap duct tape with a design of your choosing around the middle, trim to fit if needed.
5. Create little pom poms with yarns by cutting them about 3.5" in length and tying them tightly in the middle. These may be made any fullness you desire.
7. Feed the yarn through the tassel. You may need to use a darning needle to feed through the holes, starting at the end with the ball. Tie the pom pom to the end of the center yarn.
8. Put a dab of hot glue on the end of the spool, pulling the pom pom up to meet the spool so that they attach permanently.
9. Decorate and have some fun!!
Another UFO!! As I was pulling stuff to pack in my suitcase I found my first wet felted project that I had done at ART IS YOU with Festive Fibers owner, Nicole Chazaud Telaar. I had intended for it to be a tote bag but when I pulled it out it was perfect for the great room so I put in a pillow form and stitched it closed with some felted balls and beads. Looks pretty good, if I do say so myself!!