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Bring nature indoors as the weather cools down with this fun project! Kids and adults can enjoy creating these gorgeous trees to top boxes, add to a terrarium, or decorate a bookshelf. Use up old beads and buttons, or create a unique memento with collected shells or rocks. The possibilities are endless and the result is stunning.
What You Need:
- Wire (we used 20 gauge wire cut into 18 inch pieces)
- Wire Cutter
- Tacky Glue
- Small Embellishments (beads, tiny buttons, little rocks, we even used moss)
How to Make It:
First, make a small loop in the center of your wire by crossing the two ends. Then, twist the wire together with your pliers a few times.
Make a loop with one side of your wire about 1/2 – 1 inch long, and twist to form a smaller loop, as seen above.
Twist your wires together.
Take the longer side of wire and repeat, creating a third “branch”. Twist your two wire ends together again. Continue this pattern until you have 5 “branches”. Set aside. Repeat until you have 5 wires.
Twist your pieces together one at a time starting at the base of your lowest branch and leaving about 2 inches of wire that are not twisted at the bottom.
Twist the ends of your wire in bunches of 3 until there is about 1/2 inch of wire that is not twisted and kink the ends to form roots.
Fan out your roots so that they form a nice base and then lower the branches. Fan them out evenly and make sure all loops are parallel with your table.
Put a dollop of glue around each loop and add on your beads or embellishments. Repeat with all of the loops and let dry. (Note: this part can get a little messy. it’s okay if some of the glue falls through the loops and your embellishments can slide off)
Once everything is dry, bend all of your branches to get your desired look. Glue the finished product to a flat stone, a box, a seashell, or simply place somewhere to admire.