While making Christmas pillow slip-covers a couple of weeks ago, I decided to do something with this burlap canvas.
I bought a set of two on clearance at Wally World earlier this year, and they rested on the shelf since making some guest bath updates. The burlap squares waited patiently for some inspiration to strike.
I grabbed some green ribbon from my stash and started playing with it to get a visual for a tree.
Here’s how I made the tree once I decided to go for it. Begin by placing a dob of hot glue behind the tree trunk to secure it to the burlap.
Fold the ribbon to begin the bottom branch. Place a dot of glue inside the fold.
From that point, place a dot of glue at the center under the ribbon after making each branch loop.
Now it’s time to dig through your button stash and place them on the tree. Before gluing any buttons, place them first for a test.
I like the vintage buttons PAM gave me last year. They were salvaged from outfits she and my grandmother wore, and some are very old.
I’m not one to craft something without a purpose. This doesn’t solve a problem or meet a need, which is usually my goal. But, it was fun.
I returned the Christmas tree to the upstairs bath but not to its original spot. It’s now on the counter in a grouping.
I re-purposed the green bottle from the kitchen – stuck a candle inside, lit it, and let it drip. Don’t you love drippy candles?
The other items are thrift and junk shop treasures.
Sparkly decanters are useful for holding rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, hydrogen peroxide, stuff like that.
I’d planned to paint the brass tray with chalk paint but decided I like it better with the natural antique finish.
The empty area at the tray’s front side was the perfect spot for the ribbon tree.
M=aybe this craft has purpose after all – to fill a space and to bring those vintage buttons out of the button box. Now I can enjoy them! 🙂
Do you have some vintage buttons you’d like to use and enjoy? Don’t you want to bring them out of hiding?
You’ll find more types of trees and other great tutorials on my Pinterest Christmas Helps board. See you there!
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