I made this little Christmas in a nutshell while waiting for glue to dry on some other projects.
You never know what people will react to. Spend a week on something and no one bats and eye. Spend a few extra minutes and everyone loves it. I don't really mind though, especially when the reason for the reaction is because memories are revived.
A number of people said that they reminded them of German baubles that their parents or grandparents had decades ago. That's a nice thing.
I could see loads of conversations, people planning to make their own. "We need to buy walnuts!"
I'm all for encouraging a handmade Christmas (or just handmade in general really) so I cut into my holiday baking and cleaning time and put together a quick tutorial found HERE.
Below is a list of products I used. Feel free to substitute to create your own miniature masterpiece.
Frosted White Sisal Trees (painted them green) / aka Bottle brush trees
Wired Pine Needle Stems (or anything similar to cut into tree shape)
Flat-Back Gold Star Studs - 12mm*
Tim Holtz Mirrored Stars
Wee clay houses
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I am definitely planning to make these and appreciate you showing them. I seem to remember my Gram, who was part German having these on her tree, but it was so long ago! I'm thinking of trying to punch a hole in the top with my crop-a-dile tool. Not sure if it will split the shell or not, so when I try it I'll let you know!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I have teeny tiny screws that I was thinking of trying to get in there... or maybe taking it real easy with a drill would work. Let me know how it goes.Delete
these are adorable!!ReplyDelete
Adorable and thanks for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
OH! I am in love :)ReplyDelete
YOU make magic Nichola! And this: "You never know what people will react to. Spend a week on something and no one bats and eye. Spend a few extra minutes and everyone loves it." is SOOOOO true! If only there were a divining rod for pointing at what projects people will go nuts. . . pardon the pun. . . over! : ) BEAUTIFUL and pure enchantment!!ReplyDelete
Those are beautiful,I do something very similar with acorns,pecans,black walnuts,and English walnuts as well.ReplyDelete