A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Joining an Organized Swap? Please review the rules and info on a regular basis.
Total Members: 307,973
Currently Running With Scissors:
403 Guests and 8 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: 1 2 [All]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: A tree for my mom..  (Read 2397 times)
Tags for this thread: christmas_decoration  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
suereal
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Im not crazy about reality, but its still the only place to get a decent meal-Groucho Marks
Offline Offline

Posts: 8426
Joined: 20-Apr-2010


View Profile available for personal swaps
« on: December 16, 2013 04:09:50 PM »

My mom doesn't do a full Christmas tree at Christmas time.  She sets out some or all of her trees that she has been collecting for years.  It's nice, because most years I can figure out a tree to make for her.  The last few years have been not so festive for us, but this year I managed to think of something at the last minute...



It's ironed bubble wrap with wee stars caught between the layers.  I used 6 layers of large bubble wrap, and then added the stars and another layer of B wrap to both sides.



As you can see the bubbles on this wrap are the size of an elk!...no wait...they are the size of a Canadian quarter...which is about the same size as a US quarter..



You can see the stars a bit better here.  I was given them 20ish years ago by a a wee one I was sitting on (I was a nanny for 10 years Grin) for Christmas, so they are very dear to me.

I just sketched out a tree shape form paper as a pattern.  When I cut the sheets, I only loosely followed the pattern, so each side is a bit different.  Then I cut one side with a slash coming up from the bottom, and one with a slash coming down from the top and slid them together to make the tree.  I was going to only go this far, for ease of shipping,  but I'm thinking about adding another layer.  I have lots of extra bits that I cut out, so I could add them into the joins on each side of the tree.  I'm just not sure what kind of glue will do....OOO!  I could do it with hot glue and then make frozen ice bits on the edges!...hhhhrrrmmm....must think harder about that...

Anyway, just thought I'd show where I was on this last min. project Grin

UP DATE:  I did indeed add the extra "fins" to the tree with my glue gun

« Last Edit: December 17, 2013 12:37:17 PM by suereal » THIS ROCKS   Logged

"People who have uncovered lifes twisted hoax find refuge in the irreverent, twisted and weird."

 RuPaul in discussion With John Waters
MareMare
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Bath and Beauty Moderator
Quilting Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Soapmakers do it with bubbles
Offline Offline

Posts: 18904
Joined: 25-Apr-2007

Don't be a soap licker


View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2013 07:55:44 AM »

Cuteness! Love this!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Love nail art? Check out the Awesome Manicure Thread!

~Want Prizes?! The 2016 QuiltAlong is open for business!~

Instagram: Soapsbymaremare
suereal
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Im not crazy about reality, but its still the only place to get a decent meal-Groucho Marks
Offline Offline

Posts: 8426
Joined: 20-Apr-2010


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2013 12:38:25 PM »

Thanks MareMare.  It was fun to do.  I did add the extra "branches" and I like it even more.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"People who have uncovered lifes twisted hoax find refuge in the irreverent, twisted and weird."

 RuPaul in discussion With John Waters
BirdBones
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013 08:22:05 PM »

This is fun, honey! I am glad you are feeling christmasy this year Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged
suereal
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Im not crazy about reality, but its still the only place to get a decent meal-Groucho Marks
Offline Offline

Posts: 8426
Joined: 20-Apr-2010


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013 08:34:20 PM »

Thanks Sweetling Grin.   It does feel nice Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"People who have uncovered lifes twisted hoax find refuge in the irreverent, twisted and weird."

 RuPaul in discussion With John Waters
rackycoo
Global Moderator
Swap Moderator
Paper Crafts, Scrapbooking, and ATCs Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Member of the Papercraft Gang
Offline Offline

Posts: 28872
Joined: 01-Apr-2005

"Best of 2014" Winner; too lazy to change avatar.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2013 08:20:45 AM »

What a great technique! I hope this sparkly tree brings you and your mom some holiday cheer!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Check out my Etsy shop. Scary Toys and Halloween for everyone!
My blog: junk&stuff
Pinterest
suereal
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Im not crazy about reality, but its still the only place to get a decent meal-Groucho Marks
Offline Offline

Posts: 8426
Joined: 20-Apr-2010


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2013 09:46:28 AM »

Thanks racky Grin.  I don't think it's the only reason I'm christmas-y-er this year, but it adds to the whole thing Grin

And I'm in love with the tecnique.  I've used it again recently in a swap project, so I can't tell you what it is.  But I do think I'll be using it again I'm sure.  I think it will be about as useful as cardboard and craft foam, but much cooler Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"People who have uncovered lifes twisted hoax find refuge in the irreverent, twisted and weird."

 RuPaul in discussion With John Waters
jillybeans
Tutorial Contributor

Offline Offline

Posts: 3242
Joined: 12-Apr-2011


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013 04:34:23 PM »

Ooo awesome technique! Who knew you could make such a pretty tree out of bubble wrap! <3
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Pinterest

I'm so crafty, I make babies!  Baby Bean 2.0 born 6/1/16
suereal
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Im not crazy about reality, but its still the only place to get a decent meal-Groucho Marks
Offline Offline

Posts: 8426
Joined: 20-Apr-2010


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013 04:40:54 PM »

Thanks Jilly Grin.  I bet it would make an interesting addition to the world of ATCs too.  It was very light and paper like after 3 layers Grin  It also wasn't a stinky as I was thinking it could be when I was ironing
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"People who have uncovered lifes twisted hoax find refuge in the irreverent, twisted and weird."

 RuPaul in discussion With John Waters
pottermouth
Crochet Moderator
Vintage Crafts Moderator

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 2976
Joined: 26-Feb-2008

I like Kit-Kat, unless I'm with 4 or more people.


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2013 07:02:00 PM »

What a clever way to repurpose bubble wrap, and stars you've kept for eons. Love it!
THIS ROCKS   Logged

MamaTrader
Offline Offline

Posts: 200
Joined: 22-Oct-2013

Sky above me. Earth below me. Fire within me.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2013 01:23:20 PM »

Ok, the idea of ironing bubble wrap is blowing my mind!!!!  Might we expect a tutorial in the near future? Grin Grin (pretty please with sugar on top?)

What a perfect little tree for your mom!  I bet she loves it for years to come.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I"m a craftaholic on the road to recovery.

Just kidding!!!  I'm on the road to the craft store.  Cheesy
suereal
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Im not crazy about reality, but its still the only place to get a decent meal-Groucho Marks
Offline Offline

Posts: 8426
Joined: 20-Apr-2010


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2013 05:09:52 PM »

I first saw ironing bubble wrap used in a jewelry tut.  It's really just ironing popped bubble wrap together in a shape you want.  I did it between parchment, though I read brown paper works too.  It didn't shrink noticeably, but I sort of tend to work with what ever the size things are.  It gets thicker as you iron on more layers (I used my hottest setting) and I can see uses for all the different layer amounts...but yes...I'll try to get a tut worked up in the new year Grin
THIS ROCKS   Logged

"People who have uncovered lifes twisted hoax find refuge in the irreverent, twisted and weird."

 RuPaul in discussion With John Waters
Threads you might like:
Pages: 1 2 [All] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Etched Glasses
Horror Movie Crafts
August 24, 2016 Featured Projects

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2016, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.