January 10, 2013

Valentine's Day Pipe Cleaner Tree Tutorial

If I were to choose one holiday that had no real basis, other than buying candy and spending money, it would be Valentine's Day. This is because I am one of the sappiest people ever! I cry when I hear a sad song, watch a sad movie, or am reminded of a memory from my childhood, so Valentine's Day had me hook.line.and sinker. Give me a heart garland and a sweet rhyme and I'm putty in your hands.
So of course I thought of crafting these sweet pipe cleaner trees. I made them last year but used wine corks as the trunk, but this year I wanted a more rustic look.
*The original post from last year is *here* if you want to check it out.

You will need:
> Various colors of pipe cleaners
> Twigs (make sure they are thin twigs because you will have to break them into small pieces)
> Glue gun
> Scissors

To make your medium sized trees you will need to cut your pipe cleaners in half for the branches, for the smaller trees cut them in fourths.
Bend your trunk, or longer (half) pipe cleaner in half, twisting it twice at the end.
Grab 4 small pipe cleaners and place them between your trunk and twist the trunk pipe cleaners tight. Repeat two more times, making sure you are twisting your trunk tight, you don't want your branch pieces to fall out.
Bend your branches and arrange into to perfect little tree.
Using your scissors trim your branches from small at the top to long at the bottom.
When you make the base of your tree just eye ball how wide you want it and break your twigs accordingly.
 Glue the two smaller twigs to the larger for a flat base.
Cut and twist the trunk of your tree around your twig base, if needed you can add a bit of hot glue to keep it in place. I needed to use my glue gun for the medium sized trees, but then they stood upright.
 These little mini trees make me really happy.
Happy mushy heart-filled decorating!
april
xoxo

6 comments:

Jenny Ploeger said...

This is such a cute idea, and easy enough for little fingers (my kiddos)! I would love for you to link your craft to my linky party http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2013/01/fantastic-thursday-27.html

Dawn Ruth said...

crazy idea but so cute love them. Think I could borrow this idea for Easter too look lovely on twigs hung with little decorated eggs and pink blossoms

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Awwww! Cute ;)

<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
Wildly Original linky party is open

Tessa said...

Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Valentines Day themed linky party!
http://tessacotton.blogspot.com/2013/01/valentines-day-linky-party.html

Bella@artclubblog said...

These are so pretty! It's amazing what you can do with pipe cleaners.

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Thank you so much for sharing your cute little forest of pipe cleaner trees with us at A Crafty Soiree! They are so sweet and my daughter is looking forward to making some of her own! I featured your project this week on the newest A Crafty Soiree, which will be up at midnight EST, please come see you feature when you can and share more of your crafty goodness with us!