Happy-Go-Lucky Celebration Tree
Happy-Go-Lucky Celebration Tree: A DIY Project to Help You Celebrate Every Day
Taught by Amy Powers
Celebrate life every day of the year with an elegant Celebration Tree! The craft-tacular Amy Powers will help you craft a unique and beautiful potted tree using fallen branches from around your town (or found online).
Then, through detailed videos and downloadable handouts, she'll help you dress it up for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Halloween, as well as other holidays and occasions throughout the year!
Glitter acorns and gratitude spools will gladden your heart at Thanksgiving time, while pom-pom spiders and black-and-orange garlands will make you smile at Halloween. And let's not forget decorating it for Christmas, using a special ornament collection that you'd like to put on prominent display.
Join the happiest crafter around for a cheerful project that will make you smile the whole year through.
"Amy Powers is a super clever crafter with an endless supply of sunny, fun ideas for things to make—all of them brought to life with her cheerful sense of adventure and joyful spirit."
—Charlotte Lyons of charlottelyons.com
Licenced artist, author, and contributor to national magazines like Country Living and Better Homes and Gardens
Happy-Go-Lucky Celebration Tree Includes:
- Three detailed videos teaching you how to make your own celebration tree out of found branches, as well as how to decorate it for various holidays!
- Four colorful instructional handouts with step-by-step instructions for how to:
- adorn your tree with "gratitude spools" and glitter acorns for Thanksgiving (includes bonus printable!)
- make darling handmade spider ornaments as you decorate the tree for Halloween
- dress up the tree for Christmas with a special ornament collection
- transform your tree for springtime, with bonus ideas for other holidays and celebrations
- Supply list with live links to product resources
- Welcome note from Amy in the classroom
- Private posting gallery to share your work and view the work of your classmates
Supplies Needed for Celebration Tree:
• collected branches from nature walk or purchased branches
• Plaster of Paris
• disposable recycled container (plastic works best) for setting the tree (i.e., margarine tub or cottage cheese container)
• wide rubber band
• masking tape
• nice container for finished tree
• sheet moss
Note: Optional (but perhaps desirable for nature-walk collected branches): metallic paint (I like to use Liquid Leaf in Silver or Classic Gold) or gesso for white branches. To add glitter to the branches, you’ll need your favorite dry-clear craft glue, a disposable brush, and the glitter of your choice (I like to use Diamond Dust, available at most craft stores).
Supplies for Spider:
• yarn of your choice (I like to use narrow sock yarn)
• embroidery scissors (small sharp scissors)
• a fork
• small round beads for eyes
• needle and strong black thread
• fine paintbrush
• black paint
• 20 gauge black craft wire (found in jewelry supplies)
• flat pliers
• round nosed pliers
• 1” paper punch
• small scrap of paper
• silver cord or wire for hanging ornament
Supplies for Thanksgiving Spools:
• 20 wooden spools (purchased new if vintage are not available)
• “Gratitude” print out
• washi tape
• buttons (two per spool ornament= 40 total)
• baker’s twine
Supplies for Glittered Acorns:
• acorn caps (collected on nature walk or purchased online if not available locally)
• air dry clay (Crayola Air Dry Kid’s Clay works great)
• your favorite dry-clear craft glue (I prefer Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue – gold bottle)
• fine glitter in an assortment of lovely fall hues (Martha Stewart’s line is fabulous)
- Instant access
- Private online classroom
- How-to videos
- PDF handout
- Bonus printables
- Student gallery
A "How-To Project" is a step-by-step eCourse that you can complete at your own pace. Comprised of video or audio files, PDF downloads, supply lists, and more, these eCourses take the guesswork out of planning and completing a creative project. This classroom will be available for access and download in your account until January 31, 2015.
Just follow the instructor's lead, add your own creativity and perspective, and then upload your finished project to the private gallery included in the online classroom.
How-To Projects do not include a message board to chat with fellow students or live interaction from the instructor. But you can always interact with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!