Christmas spool ornament

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Today sees the second week of the new challenge over at Anything But A Card and the theme  for Challenge #30 is “Anything Goes ..with a Holiday twist.”  Here’s my Design Team piece:

P1060540The thing I am most pleased about is the Christmas tree. Almost a year ago I bought a bumper bag of green bottle brush trees with the intention of bleaching and dyeing them. However, in my true crafting style I was too scared to do it…until now. As it turned out, it was as easy as everyone says. Some warm water, a few capfuls of household bleach, pop in your tree and within no time at all the green is gone. Just rinse and leave to dry. The only thing I found was that the bleach took most of the faux snow with it, but this was easily sorted with a bit of white paint and some dry brushing. The baubles were cut off a metallic bead chain and attached with a glue gun.

P1060535I painted the spool red and then stuck the tree to the top. I then applied a layer of Snowtex all over the spool and also the base of the tree. Whilst it was still wet I added some faux snow.

P1060533To decorate the base of the spool I threaded a selection of festive coloured buttons with baker’s twine and glued these on. The greeting is from the Gecko Galz Christmas Tags collage sheet.

P1060537The little girl on top of the spool is also from the Gecko Galz. I added a pile of snowballs, made from small pom-poms, at her feet. I also popped some tiny parcels under the tree. A Christmas red bow finishes it all off.



I hope that, in between all your festive preparations and celebrations you’ll have time to buzz over to Anything But A Card and share your projects.

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Christmas spool ornament — 16 Comments

  1. in my mind I was thinking beaded spool ornaments (LOL) but this is so much more. I do love how you got so much in such a small space. Awesome

  2. Beautiful! The spool is the perfect base for your altered tree! I have the directions for bleaching pinned, but haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for the assurance that it’s pretty simple!

    • Thank you Margaret. Hope you get to give it a go – so much cheaper than the ready bleached ones. Now I am going to try dyeing one a different colour once it has been bleached.

  3. How you got all that on a little tiny spool I can’t imagine but if anybody could do it you could. So pretty and so much action on one little spool, the buttons added are so pretty. I need to find some better more descriptive words for your incredible creations. Happy holidays

    • Thank you Julie. They are not that easy to find here, which is probably partly why I end up not using them!!! A typical crafter attitude 🙂

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