A Shabby Christmas with Maya Road

Dec 13, 2012

Gosh it’s been a while since I last post­ed on my blog. I had to dust off the keys. This year, I’m mak­ing all my Christ­mas gifts so my still incred­i­bly orga­nized craft­room has had a flur­ry of glit­ter going on in it. Besides Christ­mas gifts it’s CHA prep time and book projects that are freak­ing me out but enough of that stress lets get on to this fun project.

I thought of a cute idea when I found this lit­tle tro­phy in my scrap­book stash and just had to make this home decor accent or orna­ment (which ever you pre­fer) and of course share with all my blog read­ers. This shab­by tree is real­ly fun to make.

Here are the basic sup­plies I used… small plas­tic tro­phy, Sisal Christ­mas Tree, Clau­dine Hell­muth Stu­dio Mul­ti-Medi­um and Maya Road Fab­ric Tape Flo­ral Gar­den. Oth­er sup­plies used are list­ed in the tuto­r­i­al.

I bleached my Sisal tree with 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Just put it in a cup upside down and let the mix­ture do it’s mag­ic. You can pur­chase a pack­et of wood­land tree & wreath by Tim Holtz. If you want to make sev­er­al to give as gifts it might be eas­i­er to bleach your own.

While your tree is bleach­ing you will need to wrap your plas­tic tro­phy using the Maya Road Fab­ric Tape. So sim­ple… no need to make sure every sin­gle strip is per­fect­ly straight, just wrap until it is com­plete­ly cov­ered. Once the tro­phy is cov­ered using a paint brush apply Mul­ti-Medi­um all over the fab­ric tape and sprin­kle on some Martha Stew­art Crys­tal Coarse Glit­ter and let dry.

Now take your bleached tree, mak­ing sure it is dry, using a paint brush apply Mul­ti-Medi­um around it then sprin­kle on some Mica flakes or glit­ter or both. Using a hot glue gun, apply hot glue to the wood­en base of the tree and place inside the tro­phy. Let it sit for a few sec­onds so the tree is secure.

I accent­ed the top of the tree using a Maya Road Clear Star Pin. All I did was place it through the top and added a small amount of hot glue to keep it in place. Then I cut a piece of Maya Road Twine Cord­ing in Toma­to Red to cre­ate a hang­er. I just dou­ble knot­ted a piece of the twine cord­ing around the base of the star pin then cre­ate a loop for the hang­er by tying a knot at the oppo­site end of the twine cord­ing.

The tro­phy is accent­ed with a Maya Road Red Vel­vet Point Blos­som and a Trin­ket Green and Vin­tage Leaf Pearl Cream Pins. I pushed the pins through the back of the blos­som then added a lit­tle hot glue to the back of the blos­som and attached it to the tro­phy.

So now you have a per­fect lit­tle home decor piece for an end table or to hang from a lamp switch. The light hit­ting the mica or glit­ter will look won­der­ful and mag­i­cal. You can hang it on your tree or attach it to a house­warm­ing gift. How­ev­er you decid­ed to dis­play your shab­by tree it will cer­tain­ly bring a lit­tle bit of hol­i­day cheer.

Hol­i­day Hugs!

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