Christmas Crafting Begins

So after the pants disaster of last weekend, I am once again not in the mood to sew.  So much for that giant list of project, huh?  I guess they have waited this long, they can probably wait a little longer.

However, also on my list of things to accomplish were a bunch of Christmas crafts.  I have begun work to cross off Number 4: Iced Branches.  This has since become part of a larger project, where I create some actual standing decorations for display.

I went shopping with Elizabeth last Friday night and picked up some items to use for this project.  I’ll go over the whole list of things involved in the final product when I get that far.  For this part, I brought some white branches from the floral section of AC Moore, a bottle of tacky glue (I think any variety that will dry clear should work), and a bag of clear white crystals for the ice portion.

I put down a clear plastic tablecloth to protect my beloved dining room table.  Since that tablecloth is meant to actually be useful for painting projects, I also grabbed some cardboard so I wouldn’t mess the tablecloth up too much.  Yeah, I’m that person.

It was surprisingly satisfying to just drizzle a squiggly mess of glue on a portion of the cardboard.  Here is a picture of an empty branch and the glue drizzles, prior to any modification.

I felt like I was 4 years old again as I took my pristine branch and dragged it unceremoniously through the glue drizzles.  I spun it around to make sure I covered all sides of the branch as much as I could, and the I grabbed a handful of crystals and slowly sprinkled them over the glue covered branch.

I was happy with the amount of glue I was seeing on the branch, but not with the amount of crystals.  So I added more glue, this time over the branches, sometimes drizzling randomly, sometimes lightly following particular spots on the branch that seemed lacking in crystals.  And more crystals were thrown on.  I continued his process for several more branches, and left them to dry.

Sorry for this poor quality picture.  I was too lazy to hunt for my good camera.  Next post I promise to have better ones.


2 comments for “Christmas Crafting Begins

  1. November 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    So sparkly. Does the glue hold the crystals on pretty well?

    • jadesabre9
      November 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

      They looked pretty good this morning, if I do say so myself!


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