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Is anyone else SUPER excited that there is less than a month until Christmas?? I know I am! I LOVE the Christmas season! Which is why it may be surprising that it took this long for me to post a Christmas project… lol. Not to worry though, there are plenty DIY projects where this one came from!
I have been dreaming up these string Christmas trees since last year, and I’m so glad to finally be sharing them on the blog! They are now on display as a little rustic forest in my living room – with a couple of glittery deer to add to the woodsy feel :)
Which seems very appropriate since we have deer wandering outside of our windows regularly these days! #northernlife
Let’s get to how I made them!
First, you grab your styrofoam tree and wrap it in cardstock so that you get a nice point at the top with the cardstock (sorry, apparently I didn’t show the point in my pic!). Next, wrap the entire tree in plastic wrap.
Next, you want to fill a bowl with your fabric stiffener and put pieces of cut up jute string into the stiffener. You want to make sure that the string is soaked, and completely saturated with stiffener so that the trees will hold when dry. My just string pieces were the length of my arms stretched out, from one hand to the other.
Then wrap the soaked jute string around the tree, in any pattern you like! I had to use tape occasionally at the top and bottom of the trees to home the string in place while they dried.
If you want to add some colour to the trees, simple at food colouring to the liquid stiffener. You may want to play around and add different amounts of each colour until you get the colour you like. I experimented a bit before I settled on the nice green colour seen here.
Let the trees dry overnight. After they have dried, carefully undo the plastic wrap, and remove the styrofoam tree. Then gently tug on the plastic wrap and cardstock to remove them as well. Lastly, pick off any pieces of dried glue that are still stuck to the string.
The final product is a few adorable string trees to decorate your home with!
I think they look adorable, and I’m very pleased with how the colours came out.
Love when my dreams become reality :)
Let me know what you think of this project!!
If you are looking for more string projects, check out these decorative bowls I made using a similar process :)