Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shabby Chic White Christmas Tree Branch Tutorial

Hello lovelies!
As promised, a fabulous fluffy Shabby Chic swag made out of y
our
old faux Christmas tree branches.
This can also be done with traditional evergreen branches, collect remnants from your favorite resale shoppe!
For this project we are making a swag to go above my living room cabinet.


If you want to make the hanging swag below, simply follow the tutorial and face bow and pine cones downward.
Supplies:
  • 2-4 old faux Christmas tree branches
  • wire cutters
  • florist wire 4-6 pcs
  • 2 large pine cones (paint the tips white or pink, let dry)
  • 4-6 ft white wired ribbon
  • strands of beads or pearls
  • scissors
  • crystal knob or jewelry accent
  • pink napkin or fabric remnant
  • hot glue gun

Start by laying your branches on each other and wiring together.
If you want it fluffy add two branches on each end.
Draw the centers together and wrap the wire tightly around both branches.
Next, take your wire ribbon and make the bow by wrap layering it.
Wrap wire around center and fluff the layers out.


Wire your pretty bow on to the the center of the tree branches.

Next, take wire and wrap around fat end of pine cone and wire this up underneath the bow and around the tree branches.
After that, loop your pearls or beads and hot glue
(Ahhh! be careful not to burn your pretty fingers!)
to the top of the pine cones on each side.

Now let's make the napkin rosette!
I chose a castoff napkin that lost it's counterparts and had a little stain on the center section.
I like to just cut about a 1 1/2 inch strip around the whole napkin.
Then cut a smaller 1 inch strip if needed.

You should have a nice little pile of fabric to work with.
Napkins work great, they have nice clean edges!

I'm not sure how other crafters make their rosettes, but this is a no sew version via me!
Gather the material and glue as you go.
Turn the fabric as you gather and glue.
Keep going until you get a nice full fluffy rosette.
(This is always where I burn my fingers, yikes! Be careful!)
I had a ruffle remnant so I added it to the back of the rosette.
When finished with the rosette glue crystal knob or jewelry piece to the center for
a little extra sparkle darkle!

Ohhhh, so pretty and deelish!
Now I have a pretty swag to fluff up my cabinet!
So fun and fabulous to reuse vamp up what you already have laying around!
This one I have outside my door!
Well my sugar sweet friends, my chamomile tea is kicking in and it is time
for a rest!
Please share your creations with me and don't hesitate to ask questions!
Big Squishy hugs,
Olivia

9 comments:

  1. You make this look so easy. It looks beautiful! I'll add this to my project list. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Looks amazing...and very romantic

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  3. Oh I love this! So pretty on top of your cabinet. Thanks for the great how to!!!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  4. Good Morning Olivia...
    Oh Sweetie what a wonderful surprise. I am so thrilled with this tutorial and can't wait to go thrifting and find a bag or two of loose clippings from a tree so that I can make a swag. I haven't ever seen the gorgeous white, but maybe a can or two of white paint will do the trick. I am on a mission.

    I simply adore the napkin rosette. That is so pretty and looks wonderful. As my kitchen and dining are done in cherries, I am on a mission to not only find some branches but red and white napkins, and a few stems of cherries as well. Can't wait to give it a try. The weekend will be here again before I know it, and then I can do a little crafting as well.

    Thank you sweet friend for the wonderful share. I am tickled pink. Have a gorgeous week sweetie. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

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  5. They both are so beautiful, Olivia. The pink gingham flower is a sweet addition.

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  6. This is sooo pretty Olivia :) Your home is so pink and romantic! Thank you so much for this beautiful tutorial, you did an amazing job with it, I love the roses too :)
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  7. beautiful...thanks for the tutorial!!
    Tiki @ ribbons, lace, and inspiration

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  8. Very nice decoration!!!Michaela

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Hello Friend! Thank you so much for stopping by! I love to hear your thoughts! Hugs, Olivia

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