I am sure you are full on Christmas fever… and if not you will be now! If you are like me you do your tree LATE! Late coz you think you have time, and well you do! This is how I did it!
My tree is ready! E voilà!
There are two elements I added to my tree that you can do! First, we all have some plain flour and salt in the house, right? Mix it all together – here is the recipe
Once the dough is ready I used flower shapes cookie cutters to create decorative motifs for the tree. You can use what ever design you like. If you have xmas style cookie cutter, perfect!
Let them dry well, cool down and then you can paint them as I did. I used acrylic paint.
Make sure you make a hole for the thread to go through before you bake them!
You can keep them simple white if this is what you like, or you can press a doily on top of it and have an interesting motif. I pressed a traditional Romanian Point Lace design on top of the soft dough before placing it in the oven.
Have plenty spare just in care you burn some or some don;t come out right- just a tip for me. You don;t want to be short on that! It will delay your design and time!
Make sure you create different sizes so it will look great on the tree!
I made around ten different flower shape motifs and I have around five different sizes.
Once you are done with the salt dough Xmas decoration you can do something with the beloved oranges. Oranges are so very typical fro Christmas. Since I am living here in sunny Brisbane Australia, Christmas is not the same as I am used to in Europe. We are used to the smell of warm food and oranges, Gluhwein and and snow… Well I guess you can;t have it all and a X-mas at the beach is fun as well when you don;t freeze.
And now to my second DIY X-mas tree decoration. We had so many oranges left over and they dries a bit out- not much fun to eat.
I kept them in the fridge for a few days and took them out. I cut them into 1cm thick slices and placed them on a baking paper! Now this is crucial – if you skip this good luck taking them out from the tray – they will stick like crazy!
Turn your oven on on slow- around 100 and bake them fro 2-4 hours – turn them occasionally. Have a few spare just in case you burn a few! I sure will- LOL!
Now, when they burn a but it has a nice red glow, but the problem is it;s not even like you see in the image. If it would you could use them in the tree they look amazing in the evening when your tree is full with lights.
Once your oranges are dry, use a needle to make a whole into the edge of the slice and pull a thread through. I used a green Valdani thread but any other brand will do. I used green so it;s covered and it looks like the oranges are in the air. It has a nice effect!
Cut the tread to the length you need. I cut around 15 cm.
Make sure you select the best orange slices for the tree. You can use the other slices to decorate a candle or place them in jars with other element to create a beautiful table decoration! Now you are ready to decorate the tree. Make sure you have enough! I made around 30 and 15 will go on the tree. Keep in mind I burned 6!
I hope you have some fun with the oranges. Show me your Xmas tree when it;s ready! I would love to see your DIY X-Mas decoration and if you tried these ideas out share the picture with me on my Facebook page!
PS: Since I do lace, point lace, it was clear to me that I had to add some Romanian Point Lace to the tree, so I had to crochet some balls, and add on top RPL elements. If you look close into the images you will find them.
And here is my tiny Christmas Tree!
Another short PS:!
If you need a funky and fun tree and you really are out of ideas but want to be unique, I suggest a yarn skein tree! Use shiny skeins and top them up in the shape of the X-mas tree!
A simple unique way to have fun in the office or even at home! This tree is in my office.