1. Glue styrofoam disk centered
in saucer. Set aside to dry.
2. Bundle together four bump chenille stems and three 5mm
chenille stems. Wrap an additional 5mm chenille stem around
the center of bundle, twisting twice to secure. Fold the bundle
of stems in half, twisting and bending together to form the
trunk of the tree. Leave the two ends that are tied around
the center standing straight up to form upper limbs.
3. Cut the remaining 5mm chenille stem and the remaining bump
chenille stem in half. Twist two pieces of each together to
form large lower limbs. Attach to either side of the trunk
by wrapping the upper limbs around each large limb once to
secure. Leave the remaining upper limbs standing straight.
Bend and shape the lower branches as desired.
4. Apply glue to the tips of the
chenille stems that are forming the roots and push into top
of styrofoam disk. Let dry.
5. Trace and cut foliage shapes from foam.
6. Glue foliage to the trunk and branches, overlapping foliage
and gluing together. Let dry. (Hint: Secure foam shapes together
with straight pins while drying, then remove.)
7. Using the teardrop hand punch, punch out leaf formations
in foliage. Use small teardrop shapes to form additional leaves
that can be glued on for a dimensional affect.
8. Coat the top of the styrofoam and inside edge of the clay
saucer with glue mixture (2 parts glue to 1 part water). While
still wet, sprinkle sand over the base. Place a few small
pebbles around base of tree.
Optional: Paint clay saucer.