For two hours the designers showcased holiday projects and provided instructions for specific projects. They also did some tree design. Here are a few of the projects that were shown. Sorry about the bad photos but it's always crowded and I was in the middle of the pack. Also, the presenters didn't stay in one spot for very long.
|Garland made with wide mesh ribbon|
|Centerpiece using charger plate, candle, ornaments, & greenery.|
|Close up of centerpiece.|
|Centerpiece from votive candle holder and snowmen ornaments.|
|Another pic of votive candle holder and snowmen.|
|Here's the votive candle holder that was used.|
|Sweet little birdhouse with additional greenery.|
|Square Christmas design plate with emblishments.|
|Another charger plate design.|
|Close up of charger plate design.|
|Add three ribbons in "S" pattern to tree.|
|Use 4 each of 4 different sprays to create topper for tree.|
Here are a couple more photos of the project. Again they're not the best because it was completely surrounded by other items as well as people!
And here's how I put it together ------
Note: Trees n Trends hot glued all their pieces together including the candle to the charger. I chose not to do this since I like to reuse items.
Place the candle in the center of the charger. Fluff greenery and place around candle. Adjust twig and berry spray and place behind candle (I left the spray intact but the individual stems could also be snipped and placed randomly through greenery). Add tree and deer ornaments. I used the greenery to wrap around the legs and stem of ornaments to keep them in place. Insert pine cones. These had clips which made it easy to keep them in place. Add ribbons.
That's all there was to it. I think it took me longer to get all the supplies than to put the whole centerpiece together! Here are a few more shots.
Here's a cost breakdown:
Charger: $3.00 (Goodwill - original price tag was $9.99)
Candle: Free (already owned)
Greenery: $1.99 (originally $4.99 at Trees n Trends)
Deer & Tree Ornaments: $6.24 each (originally $12.99@ at Trees n Trends)
Pinecones: $.97 each (WalMart)
Berry & Twig spray: $7.20 (originally $14.99 at Trees n Trends)
Ribbon: $1.27 (white) and $2.97 (black)
So for a little more than $30 I have a great looking centerpiece for the upcoming Christmas season. I like it so much I'm not sure I want to have it on the dining table....it might have to move to the living room so I can see it more often!!
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