Christmas Is A Coming....Part Three



Now Onto The Bigger Trees


Christmas tree decorating for dolls are very much like for humans. You can get the overdone ones, the minimalist ones, those that were done when you had drunk one too many mulled wine. The slightly off centre ones done by children (very much like the mulled wine ones).





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So I’m not doing any of the above I’m going for the perfect tree, the
one everybody wants LOL! Yeah, right….. but I will do my best.

If you are short of time, energy or inclination there is nothing wrong
with the ready done tree

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Even a ‘finished’ tree can be jazzed up a little, I’ve added an earring to the top of this bottle brush tree.
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The one below comes all finished and ready to go. It did light up but I had an oops moment and forgot to remove the batteries before packing it away. A small issue with acid and I had to cut the box off. I found this tree at a garden centre. It goes with those light up village sets.


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Oops! I forgot to include Tommy Tree in the pictures He love to dance but can be a right little sulk if he thinks he is being left out.

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These trees are easy enough to find in DIY or craft stores.
Once you have your tree the fun begins will you go for….. 
  1. A traditional tree of red, green and gold with coloured lights and tinsel? 
  2. A tree to match the dolls room or your diorama?
  3. What you can find in the shops or at the back of the cupboard?
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Ready for decorating?
The Black And Gold Tree 
With mini balls and little ornaments I found in the dollhouse section
on EBay. Present wrapping tinsel and a set of mini lights.
This back tree had a star glued to it last year so it pretty much told
me what it wanted to be. Notice to the little ornament glued to the
star another one of those oops moments.

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When spreading out the branches go around the tree several times to
make sure the branches are all out and have them pointing a little
upwards (like on a real tree) This not only looks better but will help
to hold the ornaments on.

Start with the lights best turned on and wrap the extra cable around the base. Don’t worry about the box I will show you easy ways to disguise at the end. Then add the tinsel if you are going to use tinsel.

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Add your best ornaments first then use balls as fillers. If the tree is going against a wall no need to put anything at the back.



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Next Up A Bottle Brush Tree
This one also had a star and ornament glued to the top. Really this
tree would be fine as it is but I do like my bling so I added some little
extras.
Once again start with the lights. This poor old tree has been knocking
around for some years and has become a little battered so I felt I
needed to add a little tinsel to fill in the gaps where the tree was out
of shape. My little Santa were again found in the dollhouse section
on EBay.


Red And Gold Tree
This tree is pretty plush so no need for extra tinsel. The lights are
little Christmas trees and I kept it simple with an assortment of gold
balls. I gave this tree an earring topper.

Black, Red And Silver Tree
If you want a noticeable swag in your tinsel try glitter tinsel. Bend at
the ends so it can hook over the branches and lightly pinch over each
branch. Work from the top downwards as you would with lights or
normal tinsel. Just in case you run out (I did) do the front first and finish the back afterwards. The tree topper was a gift from last year. I also used red lights.
Traditional Tree
Yet another gift this tree comes with it’s own cones. I did think about
spraying them silver or gold or giving them a sprinkle of glitter but in
the end I thought if I left them as is I can change the tree colours easier.
You could of course leave the tree as is and it would look fine.
But not me I need my fancy bits!
TIP: Hoop the end of the lights so they stay put at the top of the tree.
After stringing up the lights I added a string of fake mini lights
The bows started life on Christmas crackers (see you can find stuff anywhere) The heads? Sorry I have no idea where they came from but they are fun and for both the bows and the heads I just sat them on the tree.
When A Tree Goes Wrong

This tree is a strange one. The branches are thin and the tree is very
lightweight.
The balls are too big and over balance the tree. Nothing about this
tree looks right the balance is all important when dressing a tree.

Little Silver Tree
This tree I went for less is more. The decorations are Dollhouse and
the lights are seed lights on silver. These little balls have such a tiny
string on them they would never hang on the tree. So I used some
jewellery wire (silver to match the tree) This one is very thin and can
be cut with scissors but if the wire is thicker you will need wire
cutters.
Others that I have are already on a gold string. If I had more time (inclination) I would cut the strings and use the wire so the dangles are closer to the branch and no so… well dangly!
The topper I attached with blue-tack.

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NEXT WEEK
Last of my Christmas posts








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