How to Make an Outdoor Stick Christmas Tree Decoration
December is here and for me that means time to indulge in creating some Christmas decorations made simply from bits and bobs around the house and garden. I love to gain inspiration from winter fairs, on line or shop windows, however if I can make something similar myself then it gives me so much more satisfaction than buying decorations and I know the children staying will love making Christmas crafts in our Activity Hour. I have already shared my Christmas centrepieces this season and festive post boxes, this week I’m sharing an idea to decorate the garden, front door or any outdoor space with these hardy and colourful decorative Christmas Trees.
We made these stick Christmas Trees last year on the farm at Christmas and I hung a few in the fairy gardens. They have actually survived a whole year and are still hanging there a year on so no problem leaving these outside in all weather.
What you’ll need
Floristry ribbon colours of your choice
String or wool
Cut strips of ribbon 50 – 60 cm long
Rip them length ways to make 2 ribbons from each
Begin to tie the ribbon strips around the stick with equal lengths left either side and secure with a granny knot
Keep the knots tight together as you work up the length of the stick
Starting on one side at what will be your top, cut diagonally away from the stick to give it an angled edge.
Cut down the other side to create a similar edge to give it an even Christmas Tree look.
Tie one last ribbon around the top and loop the long ends round to create a bow to finish it off.
Tie some string or wool to the top and hang your finished tree in the garden.
A few additions you could try
Try hanging them off branches on a Tree and call it a Christmas wishing tree
Place them round the garden and turn it into a treasure hunt to find them. I am planning to do this along our Welly Walk to keep the children looking out for them and counting them after the success of our witch’s walk at Halloween.
Try varying the colours with some rainbow, some two tone and some single colour.
How to make a Stick Christmas Tree vlog tutorial
Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure
If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Post can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
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Thank you for all the wonderful posts again last month and congratulations to the Creative Pair who has won the Duck Tape Colours with this beautiful match box advent calendar
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