Friday, December 11, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

When decorating for the holidays, I like to replace a few of our pictures that hang on the wall all year with something more seasonal. This is an idea I came up with for a quilled Christmas tree that isn't terribly labor intensive. click pics for a closer look

The tree was loosely inspired by a rubber stamp design that caught my eye. Each branch is a shaped coil of 1/8 inch quilling paper. I outlined the burgundy ornaments with silver-gilded paper for a bit of shine and also made the star with silver-gilded paper. The tree stand was especially fun to make... I laid out and wove silver metallic quilling strips overtop a sheet of graph paper, then drew a pattern for the vase shape and traced around it on top of the woven square which I'd turned on the diagonal. I cut out the vase and last of all, added a crimped strip to the top and bottom.

10 comments:

Robin said...

Wow thats fantastic...great holiday decor..Ive never seen that before..!!Beautiful..!!

Anonymous said...

It's gorgeous and the vase is superb!
Gail

janil said...

Fantastic!!!!

In My Head Studios said...

What a lovely holiday decoration! Nice job!

licia politis said...

I love the framed tree, the irregular branches and the dots appeal to me....great colours.
licia

margo said...

This is a great decoration. I love quilling. A friend of mine made me a lovely green star with tiny red beads embedded. I have trouble with it coming unraveled, is that normal? Is there a glue or a coating I could use so I don't have to repair this delicate ornament each year before I put it on my tree? Thanks to anyone who has any suggestions.

Ann Martin said...

Thanks everyone!
Margo, usually quilling is surprisingly sturdy. Perhaps the star was originally rolled too loosely and/or the end was not secured with enough glue. Re-gluing the end of the coil is the first thing I would do, but if that isn't enough, you could spray it with a fixative such as a matte finish acrylic... it would add stiffness.

margo said...

Thank you :)I think this particular ornament was a bit damaged from being shipped through the mail with no packaging to surround it. But now I know how to fix it. Thanks for your advice.

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Decoration during Holidays is perfect, also this tree is perfect, I think I'll change the typical tree for this one.

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I really admire the way you present your ideas. Excellent blog post. Highly informative. Thank you.

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