i call this a throw back craft because it was based from something my great aunt Liza hung on her wall at christmas time... i don't know where that ended up.
i forgot about it until christmas.
hers was velvet and was covered in pearls and rhinestones sewn to it...in an antique frame.
she hung it above her fireplace.
we created a modern version of liza's tree...using craft supplies she gave to me.
she always sent me home with a box of supplies that she wasn't going to need any more.
she loved to hand sew, preferably with felt, seqins and beads.
i have thousands.
first we painted a canvas all one color. (this is a 16x20 canvas..we used acrylic craft paint)
she had bags of scraps of this puffy bright colored yarn.
so now i have bags of scraps of puffy yarn.
i traced a tree shape (cut from paper) on our painted canvas when it dried
and we hot glued the puffy yarn in the shape.
this big bowl of sequins and beads is a teeny fraction of the stash i have from her.
then we poured glue into the tree shape.
like.... we used almost the entire bottle of tacky glue.
i poured it out and spread it with a paint brush.
then we dumped the sequins and beads on the glue until every single bit of glue was covered.
the girls were LOVING it!!
it was messy.
but what fun is making art if you can't get messy?!
it's like a game of I Spy.
the gold star sequins were in their own glass pill bottle.
it was the perfect finishing touch.
i hope that we will hang this up every year too...for a long time....and that my girls will remember making it.
it is pretty awesome.
different from liza's but perfect for us.