A few years ago I made an alternative Christmas tree on a wooden plank, with a lot of small Christmas balls and mini Christmas ornaments. I fastened it on the wooden plank with little hooks. I liked it a lot, so decided I wanted to make a bigger one too. Only the bigger one that I had in mind, must be around 200 x 120 cm and that’s really heavy if you want to make it with wood. After Christmas I have to store it until next year and I didn’t like the idea of carrying such a heavy thing to the attic. So I let the idea go for a while. And suddenly this year I had an idea, after a failing attempt of assembling a canvas for a painting idea.
Years ago I bought a canvas of 160 x 120 cm, that you have to assemble yourself. Last summer I finally tried to do that. But it was a disappointing experience, the canvas stayed wrinkly and it was almost too small for the frame. A waste of time to make a painting out of it, but also a waist to throw away. And now I’m happy that I didn’t throw it away. Because it’s perfect for my alternative Christmas tree idea.
First I draw a Christmas tree on the canvas and than I colored it with green paint after that. As a green color I used nr 622 Olive green dark from Talens paint Amsterdam. And for the trunk of the tree I used nr 409 Omber, also from Talens Amsterdam.
Then I started fastening the balls and Christmas decorations with copper wire onto the canvas. Last couple of months I found a lot of Christmas balls and decorations at Action Nederland, but also at Karwei and Hema.
From a roll of thin, good pliable copper colored wire, I cut pieces of around 8-10 cm wire. I sticked the wire through the eye of the Christmas ball, double folded it, turned it around a couple of times, so there was an eye. With a tweezer I made two holes in the canvas and sticked both of the ends of the wire through a hole. At the other side of the canvas I twisted the iron wire again and then double folded it again, so it wouldn’t damage a wall when hanging on it. On the picture below you see in the red circle the two holes with the wire through the canvas.
That way, I filled the complete alternative Christmas tree on the canvas with balls, hearts and other Christmas decorations. Below you can see a close-up from the beginning and from when the tree was finished.
I’m very happy with the result of the DIY, I think this will be in our Christmas house for many years;-).
I made some more DIY projects for Christmas. You can find the Blogs about it here.
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