In this video, I am going to show you how to make this silver sparkling Christmas tree which can be used as a room decor by itself or put together as a set.
You will need the following materials:
- A piece of plain white paper
- A ruler
- A pen or pencil for marking
- A hot glue gun – you might also need refills. Mine took up 2 sticks.
- Silver wires – I don’t know what type of wire I have, but I think it is a half soft half hard wire.
- A plier
- A silver glitter nail polish – I am using Chunky Silver by Kleancolor
- A beer bottle (optional)
To make the star:
Start off by cutting out a strip of paper that is about ⅝” in width.
- I start by marking the width on the paper so I can get an even cut.
- Then align the ruler with the marks
- Tear the strip off the paper as you press down on the ruler
- If you prefer, you can use a pair of scissors to cut the strip of paper. It is okay even if it’s not 100% straight.
After I have the strip of paper ready, I am creating a paper star out of it. If you don’t know how to create the paper star, please check out of my paper star origami tutorial. One tip that I didn’t notice at the time of creating my tutorial is that you can try to pinch one side of the pentagon at a time if you can’t pop the star the way shown in my other tutorial.
To make the tree:
I didn’t know how much wire I would need exactly, so I didn’t out a specific length of the wire. It is easier for me to work with the wire while it is straight, so I am flattening the wire first before I start bending the wire.
For the tip of the wire, you want to keep a straight line because we will be attaching the paper star to it. You can temporarily make a circle or something to prevent poking yourself with the tip of the wire like I did a few times.
After I have created the tip, I start by bending the wire in a small segment to slowly form a circle. It is ok even if it is a not perfect circle, as long as you aren’t trying to make a long rectangle or something. Keep doing that until you have about 3-4 layers of the spiral. If it helps, you can use the beer bottle or some round object to guide you in the process.
Keep repeating this until you have a tree of your desired height. I recommend keeping it small though. I ended up cutting the excessive layers that I had because it made the tree too wobbly. Another tip I have is to keep your spirals in a small distance apart from each other. The further the distance is, the harder it is to create the dripping effect from one layer to another.
After the tree is done, set your tree on a hot glue safe surface, then start creating the dripping icicles on the tree by using your hot glue. I started off by creating one drop at a time to allow the hot glue to drip on its own naturally. Sometimes I also intentionally create the dripping lines from one layer to another as if I am creating a web. After I have created the basis of the dripping effect, I kept on adding layers of hot glue till it reached the look that I wanted. Wait till the previous layer of the hot glue dries before adding another layer.
Onto adding the star to the tree, if you kept the tip of the wire, then all you need to do is pop the tip into the star, don’t poke a hole all the way through it star though (you want to keep the wire hidden inside the star). If your tip is too long, then cut it off with the piler. My star turned out to be too wobbly on its own, so I used hot glue to secure it.
Next, paint your star and tree with your silver glitter nail polish to give it that sparkling effect.
That is it! This tree can be as a stand alone decor or used as a part of a set. I have mine sitting with my full set. Please check out my next video on how I created the rest of the set! The next video should be up in a few days 🙂
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