Saturday, December 15, 2012

Iced Glittered Trees



I love making decorative cone trees!  And I love the effect you get using  decorative fillers found at Michaels.   I recently found a different type of decorative filler. One that is basically small pieces of broken mirrors.  I was looking for the iced crystal type  - you know, the kind that you use to get the iced branches look.  The store I was in didn't have that, but they did have what looked like crushed mirrors.  The checkout lady asked me what I plan on doing with it and all I could say was I plan on using it in a craft project.  She said they looked dangerous.  Well, yeah. They are broken pieces of glass.  You have to be careful in using it.  I was at a Christmas store in Myrtle Beach back in October and saw the neatest cone trees.  The store didn't allow pictures, but I snapped some anyway. Sneaky me!

The trees were made on a base of cardboard, glitter and
crushed crystals. And, I believe, the one in the picture was nearly thirty dollars.
                                                    
I fell in love with the look and knew I would try to make something similar.  I gathered crushed mirrors, purple metallic paint, purple glitter, white glitter, mod podge and paper mache cone trees.

 
  First,I painted the cone trees metallic purple. 
Working over an old sheet pan, I painted mod podge on the lower half and sprinkled purple glitter and let dry. After the glitter dried I scooped up the excess glitter and put it back in the bottle.




After mixing the filler with mod podge in a little cup (a small amount at a time), I had to add it to the cone (laying on its' side) one area at a time in order for it to adhere without falling off. (area should dry in a few hours) I added more mixture after each area dried until the entire top portion was covered. *note - if you have any mixture left after placing on cone to dry, put in a ziploc bag to prevent drying out until needed.                                             
For added sparkle, I sprinkled white glitter on the mod podge mix before it dried.
                               I love the way the trees turned out!   

                       I placed them on top of glass candle holders.


 They really blend in beautifully with all of my holiday decor  .   .   .   .









         A Winter Wonderland!

                                   Take a little time to enjoy!












 












 





















31 comments:

  1. I love that icy look, but I am afraid I would not be that patient to glue all those pieces on. Beautiful result - the purple looks great with the crystals.

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    1. Thanks Donna. I believe you have more patience than me. You really get involve with your projects and shop - painting, stenciling,finding just the right items, etc. That requires a whole lot of tedious work (which you love to do)!

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  2. These are so pretty Gail, and I just love your white tree!

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  3. These are soooo beautiful. I really love them, they just sparkle beautifully.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie
    www.violetimperfection.com

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    1. Thank you Leslie for your kind words and hosting Raising Imperfection!

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  4. Oh my gosh Gail! You are non-stop awesome!! I love these trees! They look like a million bucks!

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    1. Thanks, Danni! I know glitter is not on your list to use, but these really did turn out amazing!

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  5. I love these! Super easy to make and what a great decorating idea!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection, Please come back Friday to see if you were featured! :)

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thank you, Lanaya! I had fun making them!

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  6. They turned out amazing and so much better then what any store would sell!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! I'm kinda amazed how they turned out too!

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    1. Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you again!

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  8. Just saw your gorgeous glitter tree on Alderberry Hill. I love how you made the snow on top. Would love for you to share on Thursdays Treasures. http://fooddonelight.com/thursdays-treasures-week-64/

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  9. Your trees are so pretty and festive!

    Dee

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  10. I love the look of your trees! They are so beautiful, and go perfectly with your tree in the background.
    Saw you sharing at Debbiedoo's.
    Debbie :)

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    1. "I love the look of your trees! They are so beautiful, and go perfectly with your tree in the background."

      My sentiments, exactly!

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  11. Gorgeous! The purple with the bling is just stunning.

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  12. Love, love, love your trees. I have been on a craze of making little trees this year - yours are gorgeous. Found you through Debbiedos Newby Party.

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  13. These are fantastic! And the colors are too!

    I'm a little late, but visiting from the Raising Imperfection hop.

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  14. Your purple glitter trees are just gorgeous and I love the white glitter on top. They look great with your Christmas tree!

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  15. Just came from Marty's A Stroll thru Life...when I came across these I just knew it was you Gail....these are just beautiful!!! funny how we all have our own style and can be recongized by it :)

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  16. Very festive and beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Happy Holidays and Warm Seasons Greetings from Singapore~Sanghamitra.

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  17. What a lovely way to decorate the pinecones, so beautiful and thank you so much for sharing it!!! Have a beautiful day!

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  18. Your trees are beautiful & I like yours much better than your sneaked peek iced trees...

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  19. Hi Gail. I'm visiting from Claiming Our Space: Tout It Tuesday. Your trees are stunning, love the sparkle with the purple. Happy Holidays!
    http://www.laurieslittlebitsofcreativity.com

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  20. Oh My Goodness Gail! I love love love your trees! Thank you for showing us how to make them! Love your blog too and want to join but couldn't find the join or follow portal. Help!

    Linda and Jeannie @ The French Hens Nest

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  21. Gail, your cone trees are beautiful! I just love them...thanks for sharing!

    I'm having a PINTEREST Social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your Pinterest. If you don't have Pinterest it's ok, come link up your blog.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/pinterest-party.html

    I'm also looking for Pinterest Pinners to feature every week beginning in January. If you are on Pinterest and are interested in being featured come link up! Who knows you might meet some other great pinners and gain a few great ideas.

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2012/12/looking-for-pinners.html

    Have a crazy beautiful week!


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  22. When you say "filler" what exactly is that. I am kind of new to this. Thanks, and they are gorgeous

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    1. Hi Sharomy! You sent me a no-reply comment email and I want to respond to your question not knowing if you'll ever see it. Hopefully you will. With each new season Michael's the craft store carries bags of decorative filler to coordinate with the colors of the season. They look like bags of crushed sparkly glass rocks. You can use them in vases to "fill" the space or use them in crafting like I do. I especially love using them during the holidays on cone trees.

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