12 Makes of Christmas - Photo Tree

The 12 Makes of Christmas – Photo Tree

Hobbycraft are helping us get in the Christmas Spirit with their 12 Makes of Christmas. They are hosting festive demos and sharing a range of inspiring makes and project guides to help those looking to create a handmade Christmas. This week I will talk you through the photo tree I made.

Each week I’ll be making the projects and featuring them on my blog to give you some inspiration. So, with the help of Hobbycraft I’m hoping inspire you. This week I have made a photo tree as a gift for my Nan. It is so easy!

If you fancy having a go yourself then head to the Hobbycraft blog for some extra inspiration.

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My finished photo tree

What You Will Need

I used a wooden tree kit, two shades of green acrylic paint and gold acrylic paint and a sprinkling of glitter, photographs, decoupage paper and decoupage glue.

The Tree

I started by painting the tree a dark green, all of it apart from the base and the star.

I was generous with the paint, using a lot of it to create texture. Just ensuring the brush strokes always went in the correct, tree like, direction.

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A little bit of glitter

Once that was dry I painted the star and base gold and left it to dry again.

I then added a bit of detail with the lighter green, just picking out where I imagined the bottom of the branches to be. It’s not necessary to do this but it stopped it being just a solid block of colour.

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The photos

The Photo Baubles

Whilst you could easily paint the baubles I chose to decoupage them.

Tear your decoupage paper into small pieces. Glue the bauble shape, cover with paper and add a layer of glue on top of the paper you have placed.

Repeat until the whole bauble is covered and find somewhere safe to hang them to dry.

When dry it’s time to add your photos.

As ever I got mine from Free Prints as it allows you to print 45 photos from your phone every month, only needing to pay for P&P.

I cut them to size, glued them down and waited for last time for everything to dry.

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The photos

The Finished Product

When everything is dry you can hang your photo baubles from the hooks already attached to the wooden tree.

I’m really happy with how it looks and think it would make a great family decoration. I’m also really happy to be giving it as a gift, I know it will go down a treat.

Hints and Tips

Make sure you have somewhere you can hang your baubles to dry. I went for coat hangers on my light fittings, classy, I know, but it meant they definitely wouldn’t knock the walls or anything.

You can decoupage the baubles whilst you are waiting for the paint on the tree to dry and vice versa, it just saves a little time.

Don’t be worried about making mistakes, you can easily paint over mishaps with acrylic.

12 Makes of Christmas - Photo Tree
My finished photo tree

To view The 12 Makes of Christmas visit the Hobbycraft Blog or visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk to see when your local store will be demoing each make. Next week we’ll be baking.

Disclosure – I have received the products to make these crafts and a few extras for my craft stash in exchange for sharing the 12 Makes of Christmas for Hobbycraft

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