Welcome to our first Emme’s Flashback Fridays – Christmas Edition!
If you missed my earlier post (see it here), Flashback Fridays are dedicated to my mother-in-law, nicknamed Emme, for her initials ME. Our first flashback is a Christmas Pin(e) Tree Wall Art, inspired by a 38 year old craft newsletter that – of course – belonged to Emme! This is also my homage to Pinterest!
Two things caught my eye about this project – first, the word PIN. Mention the word pin and you’ve got my attention from a mile away (don’t you just love Pinterest?) The second was Christmas. If you have ever seen my Pinterest board, you know I’m Crazy for Christmas!
Reading through the original craft directions, I noticed it called for white plastic clothespins. I was definitely not feeling the plastic and decided we’d switch it out for wooden ones. What really had me (momentarily) perplexed? The directions did not say what to do with the tree after it was assembled. No way was it going to stand on its own! Were we supposed to lean it against a wall? Put it in a vase? Suddenly, I thought, let’s make it wall art! We’ll glue it to an artist’s canvas! Don’t you think it’s kind of nice to have something for the wall? Almost every available flat surface in my house is filled with Christmas, so I thought we should go vertical!
I kind of like the whole 3-D, “bleeding” off the board look (I know that is a graphic design term but it kind of fits!) though if you’d rather have the whole tree on the canvas, just use a larger one!
Here is our supply list:
- 16 wood spring-closure clothespins
- Glue (I used Martha Stewart’s Glittering Glue)
- Fine gold glitter
- Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray Coating
- 3/8” double-faced red satin ribbon
- One bunch of red holiday “berries” (Available at your craft store; they measure approximately ¾”)
- One 2-3” inch flat, unfinished wooden star
- Gold Foil Paper (I used Recollections Foil paper from Michael’s)
- Gold Stickles (optional)
- Mod Podge
- 5mm red rhinestones and Gem-Tac (optional)
- 11” x 14” artist’s canvas
Glitter the entire front of each clothespin, including the metal. (Pardon my busy newpaper ad in the background!) I used a little bit of paper towel rolled up between the two sides of the pin while I was gluing so I wouldn’t glue them together. If any of the glitter comes off, you can touch up any bare spots with Stickles. To seal the glitter, spray the front of the clothespins with 2-3 coats of Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Spray and let dry according to directions. You could also use clear nail polish to seal, but spraying is faster and easier!
Mod Podge the gold foil paper to your star and let it dry. Once completely dry, trim the excess paper from the star and sand edges if necessary. If you like, outline and/or “dot” the star with Gold Stickles for some extra sparkle!
A note here: I’m going to switch to the exact directions for putting the pins together from the original craft, though I must tell you, I didn’t glue a thing until I put the completed tree on the artist’s canvas! Everything stayed together perfectly, though please glue if you want!
Working on a flat surface and from the top of the tree, put a little glue on the inside snap part of one clothespin and attach to the bottom left hand side of another clothespin. Repeat on the right side. This completes the first and second row. It will look like this!
For the third row, glue a clothespin to the bottom of each side of the ones above (4 clothespins.)
The fourth row is done in the same manner using 8 clothespins. The trunk of the tree is glued to the right side of the 4th clothespin and the left side of the 5th. Once your tree is assembled, it will look like this!
Place your assembled tree on your canvas. If you are using an 11’ x 14” canvas, kind of eyeball where the tree should go on the canvas so that an equal portion of the tree, top and bottom, “bleeds” off the canvas. Using hot glue, carefully lift sections and glue the assembled tree to the canvas. I only glued the top, two areas in the center and the trunk pin and it was secured! Cut the ribbon into nine 8” pieces and make each piece into a figure-eight bow. Using the picture below as a guide, glue bows in place on the tree.
Snip a red “berry” ball from your cluster and glue one in the center of each bow. Hot glue the star to the top of the tree. Just because I always think there’s never too much glitter, sparkle or bling, I elected to do a grouping of 3 red rhinestones in each corner – and we’re done!
Here’s the Christmas Pin(e) Tree on the wall. What do you think? Do you like it?
Change up the craft to reflect YOU! Some ideas to try…
- Leave the pins plain for a rustic feel.
- Use a different colored glitter.
- Glitter just the metal parts part of the clothespin.
- Scrap the glitter altogether and paint the pins.
- Make a paper star or a bow for the top.
However you make your tree, it will look absolutely awesome because you made it! This could also be a great gift for that tough-to-buy-for person who just loves Christmas! If you make our Christmas Pin(e) Tree Wall Art, please send me photos!
I am SO glad you joined us for Flashback Fridays!! I am totally looking forward to many more together. Please send me your Flashback Friday ideas – crafts, recipes, beauty tips, whatever great things we can share.
Who knows what amazing things we’ll discover together!
Don’t forget to join us next week for another Emme’s Flashback Fridays!
I linked up this project at the Mad Skills Party #133 at Mad in Crafts!
This project is featured on Totally Tutorials!