Friday, December 2, 2011

25 Days of Christmas - Ornament Tree




If you like this ornament tree but have no desire for hot glue burns on your fingers, check out my Etsy shop!

To be honest, I don't really know what to call this craft... it's made from ornaments... it's tree-shaped, I suppose... but it's not a tree.

My brain hurts.

Gather some ornament balls, a styrofoam cone (I used a medium-sized one), some bead garland and your hot glue gun.
I wanted silver and red for this one, but I've done these in pastels and gold colors too and they were all gorge.  A cool kid told me that's how people say 'gorgeous' now.  I always listen to the cool kids.

Take all the tops off the ornaments...
And then start pushing them into the side of the foam cone.  I always push all of the ornaments in all the way around to make sure I can get them to fit...

And then I take them out, one by one, and hot glue them in.
Repeat eleventy thousand times, all the way around and up...

Yes, that is Roseanne playing on my laptop.  I am thankful everyday for Netflix.

Once you've got them all glued in, you'll see that, due to some sort of geometric law of the universe, there are gaps between the balls.

Gaaaaaaaaaappppppsssss.

Take the bead garland and glue it in the gaps.  This part is a bit time-consuming, hence the Roseanne on the laptop.  What worked best for me was to cut the beads in sections of three or four beads and see what fits best where... my favorite was when I used three beads and glued them in the shape of a bead-y triangle.  I'm extremely odd.

It looks like this as you're doing it:
And then it's all done.  All the hot glue burns were worth it.
I loves it.  Twenty-three days until Christmas!

UPDATE: I've made a few more of these and have better pictures...






Linking up to...

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37 comments:

  1. Ooo, I saw those bauble trees in town yesterday and I was wondering to myself how to make one! I'll definitely have to give it a go!

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  2. Love it. I was actually thinking of doing this instead of the infamous ornament wreath.

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  3. I love it too!!! It is a tree. A bulb tree. That's what you should call it. You are a funny girl, :p

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  4. It's beautiful! I've got to add it to my list of things that you've shown that I want to try!

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  5. Hot glue burns are brutal...but definitely worth it for your gorgeous ornament tree! Thanks for linking this up too!

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  6. I love it as well! Great idea to fill the gaps. Not sure I would have thought of that. I am a new GFC and Twitter follower visiting from Young and Crafty. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  7. I really love your gorgeous tree! Beautifully created. Thanks for sharing. I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle
    http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

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  8. Really gorgeous tree. looks like something out of PB. I thought the ideas of filling in the gaps beads. Hot glue burns is the worst, I made a holiday bunting this weekend and got many. Sometimes I think if I committed a crime I would never know cause my fingerprints are gone! Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best.

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  9. I LOVE this! So cute and easy to do. I may just have to try some of these this weekend!

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  10. This is my second trip to your site to view linky party entries and yes, this one is adorable too- just like your door wreath.

    Visiting from Tales Of A Trophy Wife's linky party,
    Suzanne in NW Illinois

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  11. This is so pretty and festive! You did a great job!
    Stopping by from Homemaker in Heels :-)

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  12. Beautiful. And I love the way you solved the ggaappsss!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  13. Merry Christmas! This project was featured ni last week's party: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2011/12/will-craft-forhomemade-presents-linky.html

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  14. That is way cool! I can't wait to do the same thing!!

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  15. Looks so simple yet big impact results!

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  16. Wonder what this would look like with feathers added.

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  17. Do you have an email mailing list that people can set up to receive all the items you do?

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    1. Yes I do! Go to http://feeds.feedburner.com/ThriftyCraftyGirl and choose the 'receive updates by email' option on the right. Thanks!

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  18. LOVE this! I just returned from the craft store to give it a try and have a question. You said 'medium' size cone.. Did you use an 11" or 15" or larger? And are those standard size ornaments? I'm comparing my ornaments to foam cone and the ornaments look too large. Thanks!

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  19. Love it! I just got back from the craft store and have a question... did you use the 11" or 15" or larger cone? My ornaments look too big for the 11" and 15". Thanks!

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  20. This will be my Thanksgiving evening craft item with my grandchildren. Really cute idea!

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  21. How many ornaments do you think you use?

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  22. I was just thinking the other day that my 3 year old daughters room needs a small tree of sorts. This would be PERFECT! Plus she can pick out the colors (probably pink and purple). I love the last one with garland. Did you glue that down first before putting the bulbs on? If I do end up giveing it my best shot, I will feature it on my new blog, www.mommasbestshot.blogspot.com :)

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  23. Did you use glass or shatterproof balls or does it matter?

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  24. Oh good grief, please do not use glass balls from the dollar store like I did! It was nearly finished and looked beautiful and then I accidentally dropped it. Glass everywhere and hours and hours of work down the drain. I have 2 kids under 3 and trust me, the hours I won't get back are precious. :( I CRIED!!!!

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  25. Oh PLEASE use plastic balls!!! Do not do what I did: sneak hours of "free" time from tending to my 2 kids under 3 only to get nearly done and drop the darn thing to a shattering end on the ground! I CRIED!!!! :)

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  26. I have run into a problem. I have all the ornaments glued on. I started to move onto the bead garland part and it's just not working for me. Do you glue the bead garland directly to the ornaments? If so, could you explain how you did it? I'm starting to think i'm just going to buy regular garland/tinsel and shove it into those gaps. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Thanks!!

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  27. What drew me to comment was roseanne on the computer, for some reason, I don't have it on my netflix, however, I do have the dvds, which I watch on my computer, while crafting. Lol.
    How'd u get roseanne on netflix?

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  28. I saw this, but noticed roseanne on the computer just like I do. Lol. Cept I dvd it. How do u get riseanne on netflix? mine doesn't...

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  29. I see all the comments about hot glue gun burns, I stopped using my gun years ago and started using Aleen's super thick tacky glue and love, love it. It works just as good if not better than the hot glue gun plus if you hang it where the sun shines and gets hot it won't "melt" like the hot glue will sometimes. Decided to try a new Aleen's quick dry tacky glue, trying to get used to it, it isn't thick but it does dry fast. I do tons of crafts and nice well using beads etc and look Mom no Burns! No I don't work for Aleen's just a 69 yr old Granny!

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  30. This tutorial is hilarious! Congrats, you have me about to start my first craft project since elementary school!

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  31. This is so pretty. We've seen versions before, but not with the wonderful instructions you gave. Thanks so much ... I'll be trying it this year.

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