I purchased a new "fun" Christmas tree this year. It is a brown metal tree...just looks like branches with no needles. Has a few pine cones on it though, and is about 3 feet tall. I have a collection of bird ornaments and thought the tree would a perfect home for my birds.
I have my new tree all ready to put up, I decided to make some new bird ornaments for it too. These are what I made. They were simple to make.
Using my own pattern and Basic Grey paper, I made small cones...less than 3" in total height. The pattern I made gave the cone a curved "wrapover" piece in the front. I like this elegant look.
After I wrapped it over and firmly secured it, I lined each cone with a seperate piece of mulberry/homemade paper. This was glued in with liquid glue.
Next, I glazed the outside of the cones to help give the cone a little more strength and rigidity. I glued narrow trim to the edge of the cones using Scotch Tacky glue. It has a nice fine point, and made this job a breeze.
After all was dried, I put in two eyelets at the sides for the handle to attach to. Each cone also got a cloth covered or velvet brad attached to the front.
I made small beaded tassels for the bottoms of the cones, and attached those. The handles are made of an olive colored wire and beads. I took two strands of wire and twisted it while randomly placing beads/crystals on it. I attached the handles to the cones.
I glued two cotton balls inside the body of the cones. On top of those, I took a cut to size cottony face puff (flat ones) and glued that in This gave me a nice flat surface to work on. I then glued in some green moss and a mushroom bird.
All of my birds didn't match their cones well, so I just inked up their backs with a better suited color (used chalk inks).
What do you think? I think that they are as cute as can be, and will be happy in their new Christmas tree.