Hi guys! It’s Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life. Today I am here to share a fun and very kitschy vintage holiday craft with you.
These funky holiday trees come from a vintage 1955 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas Magazine. The original version was a little more subdued, but I like things a little more whimsical, so mine are totally decked out!
Here’s What You Need:
- Glasses ( wine glasses, cordials, candy dishes, tumblers, etc)
- Glass Glue
- Jingle Bells, Ribbon, Mini Ornaments, Etc.
- Pipe Cleaners
- Hot Glue and Glue Gun
- Plastic Stars or mini tree toppers
Here’s The Original:
Here’s How I Made Mine:
Gather up all your glassware and play around with it to see how you are going to best fit everything together. I did this step at the thrift store so I didn’t end up with glasses I didn’t need. The first thing you do to start assembling your tree is to fill the glasses you are going to fill with tinsels, ribbon, bells, etc.
Run a bead of glass glue onto the top of the bottom glass then squish the second glass onto the first. Wipe off excess glue. You can assemble the glasses together in pairs. Then when the glue is set, you can glue the pairs of glasses together. Once the “trees” are assembled you need to set them aside to dry completely.
Once dry, you can embellish with your pipe cleaners and tinsel. Run a little hot glue around the joint of where two glasses fit together and glue a piece of tinsel or pipe cleaner around it. Continue decorating the joints where the glasses meet. Curl pipe cleaners around the stems.
Glue a little tinsel to the top glass. Then glue down the star topper in the middle of the tinsel to add the finishing touch.
I LOVE how these glass trees turned out!
I only made two but I think a whole group of them would be fantastic on a sideboard or as a table centerpiece with some candles.
So if you are looking for some fun retro holiday decorations to add to your home this year, give this diy a go. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more diy fun. Until then…