It’s about that time of the year again, CHRISTMAS, and this D.I.Y. craft is perfect for the holidays. It serves a double purpose, once it’s completed it can be used as decoration or as a gift.
I came across this D.I.Y. craft when I was browsing through Pinterest for dessert ideas for my Christmas potluck at work. I thought that this was a bit to fancy for a work potluck but a perfect project for my blog and looked easy to make.
The materials needed for this include: colored paper, hot glue gun/tape, scissors, Hershey’s Kisses, decorations to decorate the tree once it was done. The directions looked pretty easy to follow, the tutorial I found on Pinterest had all the steps numbered and pictures describing each step.
I purchased all of my items at Target, except for the colored paper which I bought at Michaels Arts and Crafts store. I was very excited to begin this project because I’ve seen crafts like this one done before and I wanted to try this out on my own. The first task was to turn the colored paper in to a cone for the tree. I had to cut the paper at the bottom so it could have a round edge so when I would fold it, it would look like a cone. Thankfully when I cut the paper, it did look like a tree and I was scared that it wouldn’t look right. The only problem I ran into while making the structure was trying to find a way to adhere the edges in order to keep the cone shape. The tutorial didn’t talk about how to adhere the tree so I had to figure it out on my own. I tried using tape and a hot glue gun, but it wouldn’t stick to the paper because of the glitter that was on it. It finally got it to stick with school glue, once I applied the glue I had to hold it in place for about five minutes till the glue dried.
Now that I had the tree structure, I began to glue on the Hershey’s Kisses. I used a hot glue gun to attach the chocolates on the tree. I had to figure out a way to place the chocolates on the tree and I finally figured out that I had to place glue on the top half of the chocolate and then press it onto the tree. It took me a little over a half an hour to attach all of the chocolates onto the tree and I went through two in a half bags of candy. I applied chocolates all the way up the tree but left an empty space towards the top so I could add my decorations. I was afraid that I was going to run out of candy but I didn’t and I actually had some left over. I could finally breathe a sigh of relief when I applied the last piece of chocolate to the tree and I think I underestimated how long it was going to take me to cover the entire tree.
Now came the fun part, DECORATING THE TREE! This was the best part in my opinion because I love decorating the Christmas tree and I now had my own mini tree to decorate. All of the decorations used for the tree I bought at Target and they were very inexpensive. I bought a star and bow for the top of the tree that I glued on using the hot glue gun and I also used silver garland that I wrapped about the tree. I spend $4 in total for the decorations. I am really happy with the way it turned out.
As I mentioned above, this tree serves both as decoration or a gift for somebody.
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All photos were taken by the author of this blog.