Decorating With Tree Branches | At Home With P. Allen Smith


One of the things I love about my friend Mitchell
is that she’s so clever at finding things around the house and making gifts out of them.
Hi beautiful people. So my friend Allen is really good at growing things, and I am not.
But I do have to make a gift, and most of my friends do not want store bought gifts.
I generally try to make things, but ideas sometimes run short. This is a really good
one and this can go to anybody. So I got this vase that was going to be thrown away by my
neighbor, and I said “Do not throw that away! I will take it and make something out of it.”
So I’m going to. I got some, just twigs, really — these are breakable. I cut them with scissors,
that’s how small and light they are. I let them dry for a couple of days. Now I’m using
some scrapbooking paper. I don’t need a full sheet of scrapbooking paper, I can use scraps
of scrapbooking paper for this, because what we’re making is really small. These leaves
are gonna be very small. I also like using old magazine pages just for color. Like this
comes from an old National Geographic, clearly. And then I’ve got this vintage magazine, so
I’m just gonna tare, like, this Log Cabin ad. That will be really cool because we’re
just gonna get a little bit of the pattern, but you’ll get the good color to it. So what
I’m gonna do is just fold this in half and cut this off. On the fold, I’m doing a little,
it’s almost like a spade on cards, and you can make these leaves whatever shape you want
— I’m doing them about and inch and a half big. But, see, and this will be what the leaf
looks like — we’ll have two leaves on either side, and this is what will attach it to the
little limb. And you can use any type of paper at all. So if you get invited to somebody’s
birthday party, and you only have 30 minutes, this will take less time to make than going
to Target. I’m using just regular craft bond spray adhesive, and you really just need a
light coat. And I’m laying down a piece of paper underneath it. You just take it — see,
like this — and we’re gonna fold it around the limb. I’m gonna go down about this far
on this one. And then you just meet it up and stick it together like a sticker. And
I’m following the natural part of the these little branches and going to where naturally
the leaves would be where these little bumps are. How quick and easy is this? And when
you get to the party with this, you’re friend will say “I can’t believe you made that for
me!” “Ah, this was my favorite present I ever got.” That’s what they’ll say. So, I think
this will be the last one right here. It is time to put them in the vase. So I’m sticking
these in here. I like them all spread out. If you don’t want them all spread out, if
you want them a little higher, you can put a rubber band anywhere around here. But I
like, because this is a low vase with really long limbs, I kinda like it spread out. I
think this looks fantastic. But in my sock drawer, I found some birds. I love these little
birds, so I’m gonna put them on this branch. And really, I’m just gonna wire it on there.
Bend that guy. This is a female bird, I’ve established. She’s gonna sit, oh, let’s have
her be here. I don’t know what kind of bird she is, but she doesn’t, I guess, clearly,
doesn’t like him because she’s looking away. Ta-dah! How does that look? Tell me that’s
not a great present. I made this with stuff I already had laying around my house that
you probably do too. And if you don’t, somebody will give you a bird.

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