Do you ever go to a store determined to find something cute and then come back empty-handed because every time you saw something there, you heard this voice in your head saying: ‘I can make that!’ Or: ‘I would totally buy that, if only it would come in another colour’… ?!
Well, it happened to me this week: I went to the garden centre to look at what’s new in Christmas decor and I found a wooden Christmas tree frame with fairy lights that I liked. Except the colours were not to my taste and then I thought: I wonder if I can customize it… Or… maybe I can just make something similar using my dies and Shimmer Sheetz.
Turns out it’s an easy peasy Christmas decor project to make!
Here’s how I created it:
1 | Get a piece of 3/8 inch square dowel and cut it into three parts to create a triangle shape. Glue the dowel pieces together with wood glue or a strong craft adhesive.
I’m not a wood worker and nor is my husband, but I just told him what I had in mind and he made something up. I don’t think he even measured it! The bottom dowel ended up 6.7 inches and the upright dowels are about 9.45 inches long.
2 | Paint the tree frame to match your holiday decor!
3 | Add a wooden building block or something similar to give the tree a trunk.
4 | Choose three or four colours of Shimmer Sheetz and use Ornament Set 4 to die-cut 5 or 6 ornament shapes.
Remember that you need a Metal Adaptor Plate to be able to die-cut through Shimmer Sheetz with intricate dies like the ornament shapes!
5 | Add Transparent Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the back of a scrap of Shimmer Sheetz before you die-cut the little ornament hanger. Remove the protective sheet and stick it on the ornament.
6 | Wrap a small string of fairy lights around the Christmas tree frame.
I found these micro-LED lights at the garden centre. I didn’t use anything to fix them to the frame, I was able to just bend the wire around the frame and it stayed put on its own.
7 | Use jump rings to hang the Shimmer Sheetz ornaments on the wire.
I like to use two pliers to bend the jump rings open (like you see in the photo above) and I close the ring (on the wire, with the Shimmer Sheetz ornament attached) by bending it in the exact opposite direction before closing it.
8 | Find your Christmas tree frame a place in your home and turn on the lights!
Have a wonderful day!
3/8 inch Square dowel
Wooden building block
Micro LED fairy lights