I love rag trees, and have made my share of them over the years. I have put them in small vases with floral foam, mounted them into a piece of wood and even wood slices. I wasn’t planning on doing one this year, but I saw a version I hadn’t seen before, and I knew I had to give it a try. My inspiration came from Linda at Back Roads Craft Shed. Let me tell you, hers are CUTE!!! Go check out her page and give her a follow, and look for her sweet rag trees. It turns out, hers were mounted in some cute cups with straws she found at DT. I thought they were inside Christmas ornaments, so that’s what I went with. Let’s see what I did.
- RIPPED FABRIC STRIPS ABOUT 1/2″X 4″ FOR A SMALL TREE
- 1 CINNAMON STICK, DOWEL, OR REGULAR STICK ABOUT 6″ LONG
- RAFFIA (OPTIONAL)
- WOOD SLICE
- MEDIUM SIZED ROUND CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
- WOOD STAR
- GROUND CINNAMON
- BROWN AND WHITE PAINT, PAINT SPONGE
- HOT GLUE GUN AND GLUE STICKS
First of all, I’m using a cinnamon stick to tie my strips of fabric to. A dowel or regular stick with work too
I cut all the strips the same size, probably about 4″, and tied them to the cinnamon stick, starting at the top and working my way to the bottom
Once I filled the stick, I added a bit of raffia in between some of the fabric here and there. Then I pulled the raffia strands apart to make the whispier.
I then trimmed the strips to form a tree shape. I put that aside to get the next items ready
I grabbed a leftover Christmas ornament, and painted it brown with a foam brush
While it was still wet, I sprinkled cinnamon on it, here and there, to make it look rusty
Then I widened the hole at the top with some tin snips so the cinnamon stick would fit snuggly inside.
Next, I used some hot glue to secure the tree inside the ornament, then I glued the the entire thing to a wood slice.
I painted a wood star in the same fashion as the ornament, and used more cinnamon to make it look rusty. I glued that to the top of the tree
I added some hot glue to the wood slice and painted it white to mimic snow piles. I glued a few more wintery embellishments to the wood slice and that’s it.
This sure did turn out adorable. I wish I had seen the cups at my DT, but this was a really cute alternative. Let me know what you think, and thanks for sharing this time with me. You are appreciated!!
Have an amazing rest of your day, and I’ll see you next time.