|Black,Gold with copper and red accents|
with focus in the center
Having done gift boxes in black,tan and gold, I thought I would decorate a Christmas tree in a similar fashion. I also thought it would be interesting to do an important arrangement front and center. I think, perhaps my center arrangement should have been a little smaller. It seems to have overpowered the tree.
That, however, is part of the creative process. It is a new idea. Next year I'll refine it. If you like the concept I'll show you how I did it and you can make your own improvements.
|Tree is mounted in decorative urn|
using dried flower Styrofoam
|Inside of tree is filled with gold wired florist balls|
The first step of this tree is a detail that does not photograph
well. The inside of the tree is filled with gold wired florist balls. This adds a richness better appreciated in person.
|Oversize glass gold finials are hung|
Initially I hung the over-sized glass finials down the center of the tree. Eventually they ended up going down each side. Surely you don't think I know exactly what I'm going to do in the beginning.
|red and gold wired florist balls, 8" dowels, electric staple|
gun and piece of cheap pine roping
What I did know was that I wanted a significant arrangement in the center of the tree. I cut the dowels to length, and took apart the cheap roping. Each dismantled branch gave me 6" pieces of fake pine. Using the staple gun, I attached the end of the 6" piece to the end of the dowel. I then wrapped it around the dowel. When I got to the end I stapled it and stapled the end of the next piece on top of the previous end. This process was repeated until most of the dowel was covered.
|dowels covered in fake pine|
Yes they look strange, but wait. Knowing how to do this could come in handy for a lot of decorating scenarios. Next wired gold balls are wired to the ends of all the sticks. The pine covering helps make the balls stay in place.
|Gold balls wired to the end of the pine sticks|
|Copper, gold and red balls are wired down the stem|
A mixture of gold, copper and red balls are wired down the stick.
|Center decoration in process|
A large black and gold bow is made and attached to the center of the tree. The pine/ball sticks are put in place and attached to the tree. No ornaments other than the finials are put on the tree.
|Pine/ball stick is added to black and gold bow at|
the top of the tree
After the center is done a leftover pine/ball stick is used above the bow on top of tree.
So love it or not, there it is!
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