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While in Hobby Lobby the other day, I ran across this package of craft sticks. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them at first, but I had a few ideas, and they were half off, making them only $2.00, so I grabbed them.
Supplies needed for this Christmas craft
- 5×7 Canvas from Dollar Tree (DT)
- Craft sticks from Hobby Lobby (HL) If you don’t have a HL near you, Amazon has craft sticks available HERE*
- Polka dot burlap ribbon from DT
- Burlap ribbon for trunk
- Red and white pipe cleaners
- Various ribbons of choice for bow
- White acrylic paint and paint brush
- Mod Podge
- Iridescent glitter
- Glue gun and hot glue sticks
I started by placing my sticks onto my canvas in a tree shape, overlapping one over the other, alternating this as I moved down the canvas. I hot glued the sticks on one at a time.
After I added my first layer of sticks, I started to add a second layer on top of them. The top layer extended a bit further, making it look more authentic. I also added a strip of burlap ribbon to make the trunk of the tree.
After I added the seconds layer of sticks, I added a “dusting” if you will of the white acrylic paint to give it a rustic, flocked look. I added just a tad bit of paint to my brush and barely painted the sticks.
I did the same thing with the Mod Podge and brushed that over the sticks and then dusted them with the iridescent glitter. After this step, I lined my canvas with twine to give it a finished look.
I cut 6″ pieces of red, white, and burlap ribbon to make a bow topper for my tree. I used the starburst method. Some call it the Re-Fabbed bow. Super easy bow! You just lay your pieces criss-cross and then tie them together. I used twine.
Honestly, didn’t plan on going any further with it and leaving it how you see it here. I had some polka dot burlap ribbon from Dollar Tree that I decided would be perfect to make some gift boxes for under the tree! I just cut random sized pieces of ribbon and glued them onto the bottom of the canvas. I then added criss-crossed pieces of pipe cleaner to make gift bows. Full disclosure: I used the pipe cleaners because I didn’t have any tiny bows and I didn’t feel like making any. Ha! I think the pipe cleaner bows turned out great!
This would be a perfect jumbo ornament for a rustic farmhouse Christmas tree! I actually have it sitting off to the left of my farmhouse tree. I made two, so one of them is sitting on my sofa table in the same room. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below! We did a live tutorial on Facebook, so make sure to visit our page and make sure you are following us to see future crafting tutorials! We go live at least once a week!