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« 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

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

Cuteness! Love this!
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« 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.
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« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2013 08:22:05 PM »

This is fun, honey! I am glad you are feeling christmasy this year Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2013 08:34:20 PM »

Thanks Sweetling Grin.   It does feel nice Grin
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« 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!
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« 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
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« 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
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« 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
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« 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!
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« 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.
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« 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
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