Note: I generally followed directions in the “Trash to Treasure: Christmas book.”
If you want to personally create something from handy, unused or recycled objects, this not only fits the bill but also results in a beautiful creation you can use from year to year. It would make a wonderful gift, too, but it is a little time-consuming to make. You might not want to part with it after you get done!
Recycled items needed: Tomato cage, large bubble wrap, foam food trays, tree leaves, pinecone, wired ribbon
Other items needed: Grey spray primer, gold/silver spray paint, fine-gauge craft wire, wire cutters, string of mini-lights, bead garlands (I used gold), hot glue gun, star-shaped cookie cutters, craft knife, cutting mat, foam brush, white latex paint, silver dimensional paint, gold metallic thread, nail
1. Spray the cage with grey primer and then with gold paint.
2. Wire the post ends of the cage (at top) together.
3. Begin stringing the lights by starting with plug end of lights, wire this end to bottom of cage, then wrap and wire the lights vertically on cage (between posts) and around the bottom ring. Wrap other end (socket end) around top and allow lights to hang in the center. Wire garland to cage along lights and rings. (This is the the most difficult andtime-consuming step).
4. Line the inside of the cage with bubble wrap, using hot glue to secure.
5. Make stars by pressing cookie cutters into foam tray and use a craft knife to cut them out. (I skipped this step)
6. If you didn't skip step #5, use a foam brush to paint the stars white. Then spray paint the stars and leaves (I used oak and maple since they were accessible), and spray the pinecone gold. Lightly spray with silver paint the leaves and some stars. (Use dimensional paint to add dots, stripes, etc. on stars).
7. Use a nail to punch a hole in the top of each star.
8. Arrange and glue leaves on the tree. Use metallic thread to tie stars to the tree.
9. Wire a cluster of stars around the top of tree and then glue a pine cone to the top.
10. Tie a ribbon into a bow around the base of pinecone.
Note: I didn’t make the stars but instead used some crystal tassles to add shiny objects to my tree. The picture here is of my tree but of course, the one in the book looks a little more elegant. I love mine, however!
Here's a picture of the tree fully lit: