I thought I would squeeze in this quick Christmas craft before, you know, Christmas. Because who wants to read about Christmas stuff after Christmas? No one, that's who.
I was inspired by Anthropologie's Teeming Forest Tree Topper. They wanted something in the $400-500 range for it, which is frankly ridiculous.
I plan to add more to it later on, but I kind of got tired of working on it and just wanted to put it on the tree already. I would like to try and do some papier mache mushrooms and maybe add some felted acorns to it, but I think that is for next year. I am worried about it even surviving next year though because how will I even pack it?
I spent about $40 on supplies. It shouldn't have even cost that much, but I needed glue sticks so I sprang for the gigantor bag and I had to have the Martha Stewart pretty pretty glitter. Everything else was cheap: a small $5 grapevine wreath, a bag of brown spagnum moss, brown floral tape, glitter glue, and some various picks from the floral department (glittery leaves, glittery pod things, and some feathers that I didn't end up using). Not pictured, some posterboard I already had, a little fake bird that I bought last year in anticipation of this project, and my beloved mossy wire.
I got a lot of great ideas from this blog post on how to go about the construction. There are a few DIY versions floating around on the internets, but I think that one was the most similar to Anthropologie's version due to the base. The posterboard cylinder with the nest-y moss around the bottom makes all the difference. I made mine the same way, only I stuck it inside the grapevine wreath for a little extra stability. Beware, this does make the thing heavy and my tree swayed a bit when I put it on top.
Next comes, well, more glittering.
This part was easy. Just dab some glitter glue on your twigs and start sprinkling away. I just wanted the glitter on the tips, but the whole branch would be cool too. Do it on a paper towel or something so that you can save the excess glitter. For the moss, I just tore off small sections and dabbed the glue-y brush in here and there before sprinkling on the glitter. I didn't want it to be completely covered; I wanted it to look more like dew or ice. I almost bought some glitter spray, but I thought that would make it too uniform-looking and it made me think of tacky grocery store bouquets.
After that, just start glueing all that shit to the wreath. I was aiming for an even distribution of stuff while still looking organic.
I almost forgot, while gathering the twigs, I also grabbed some of those moss parasite things that grow on oak trees. I have no idea what they are called, but we'll see how they dry out. Maybe it is fresh spagnum moss?
And here it is on the Christmas tree. Although I think it would look better on a real tree instead of our fauxtastic white one, I like the effect. It looks like a woodland fairy crown, like something Puck would wear. What do you think?