Day 19: 2014 Sweet Paul Holiday Countdown presented by Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

This is one of my favorite types of craft projects, there really aren't any "rules".  I use this stacking technique a lot with various materials, the sky's the limit. I've used pages from old books, Liberty fabric with interface fused to the back of it, felt from the store, and as with THIS version, an old wool sweater that I felted at home in the washing machine and dryer!

I really encourage you to have fun with this, don't be afraid to experiment!  None of the materials are precious here, and you can usually fix any "mistakes" that come up! This is something the women in my life taught me at a very young age and I think it's a lot of the reason that I've become the creative person I am today!

If you'd like a circle template, THIS ONEis great.

This is an example of a paper version of this same stacking technique, click here

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You will need:

A circle template from the internet

An old sweater or some felt or any other material you'd like to try

Scissors

Bamboo skewer

Drill or Dremel tool

Piece of wood for base

  1. Start by felting your wool sweater if you choose to use this material. Otherwise, use store-bought felt or another fabric or paper even!
  2. There are a lot of felting tutorials online, but you're basically just shrinking your wool sweater in the washer and dryer. So wash the sweater on high heat and dry with high heat and it should do the trick nicely! I often go to the thrift store and do this with big batches of wool sweaters. There are so many projects you can use this material for!
  3. Next, download and print your circle template.
  4. Cut out circles in all the different sizes so you can make a cone shape. I usually do more than one of each size circle.
  5. Cut out bits of felt for spacers in between each circle. You can start with 1/2 inch spacers and then make them tiny as you go up the tree.
  6. Drill a hole in your wood base a little smaller than your bamboo skewer. Stick in the skewer so it's a tight fit. Use some glue if you need to.
  7. Begin with your largest circle, spear it on your skewer in the center and slide it down to the desired spot near the base.
  8. add a spacer, and then your next circle. Continue this process until you are at the top of the tree.
  9. Display and enjoy!

TIP:

I didn't put anything at the top of this tree, but you certainly could add a star or pinecone or whatever you want! You can also decorate your tree with bits and bobs of trim. I love to make many of these trees in different sizes and use them for clustered table decor.
Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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