Holiday Poinsettias & Rolled Christmas Trees!

How many of you enjoy having Holiday Poinsettia plants in and around your home for the holidays?

This year we noticed an abundance of beauties and different styles of flowers..pinks, whites, fluffy petals...

We adore them...however they are not always a smart choice for families with pets, puppies and small children. Designer Audrey Pettit has not only the perfect's absolutely gorgeous!

And we're tickled to offer to you our first Glue Girl Tutorial Video starring Karen Ewing and Julia Sandvoss making a Holiday Rolled Christmas Tree Canvas. So grab a hot chocolate or tea and sit back and enjoy the video!

 Holiday Poinsettia 
GlueArts Designer: Audrey Pettit

Glue Arts Glue Gun and Glue Gun Sticks
Authentique Wonder 6x6 Bundle Collection
Kraft Outlet Lunch Bag Kraft Cardstock
Foofala Buttons
American Crafts Ribbon
Clearsnap Ink
Florists Wire
Raw Chipboard

 1. Create templates for poinsettia leaves on raw chipboard. I free-hand drew my shapes, but you can also use die cuts, cookie cutters, or templates from the internet. You'll need 3 different sized leaves for this project, with lengths of 5", 4", and 3".

*Tip: If you are free-handing your leaves, think of them as generic holly leaf shapes with little scalloped peaks along the sides.

2. Trace your leaf templates onto the back sides of your selected patterned papers. You'll need about 8 small leaves, 3 medium leaves, and 5 large leaves per finished poinsettia. Cut out, crumple into a tight ball, and smooth flat again.

 3. Cut 16 5" lengths of florist wire, one for each leaf. Using the Glue Arts glue gun, adhere florist wire to the back center of each leaf.

4. Stitch each patterned paper leaf onto kraft cardstock. If you prefer, you can simply adhere the leaves to the cardstock without stitching. I recommend using Glue Arts High Tac Adhesive. Cut around each leaf, leaving about a 1/8" allowance.

Edge each leaf with brown ink.

5. Gather wired leaves into a bouquet and twist wires together to secure.

6. Wire 3 buttons together, leaving a long stem of wire that you poke through the center of your gathered poinsettia flower. Twist together.

Add a ribbon bow and enjoy!

Rolled Paper Christmas Tree Canvas
GlueArts Designer: Julia Sandvoss

Authentique “Wonder” Paper, Diecut & Sticker Collection
Colorbox Chalk Inks: Warm Red, Creamy Brown, Teal and Moss Green
Canvas 10 by 14 (Hobby Lobby)
Core-dinations Cardstock
Ranger Stickles
Maya Road Mists Spray & Pins
Epiphany Crafts Studio Shape Star Tool & Star Bubble Caps
Making Memories Assorted Holiday Embellishments

Tree Instructions:

1) Begin by choosing a variety of patterned papers and solid cardstock colors. You can mix and match brands however to try to stay within the same color families for the best look. Cut strips of paper approximately 1 1/2 inches wide by 12 inches long.  Use a pencil or dowel to help roll the papers.
Begin rolling the papers and secure with a strip of either GlueArts Perma Tac adhesive or use Extreme Adhesive Squares. Continue to roll about 16 to 18 papers in a variety of prints and solids.

2) Next  ink the rolled papers to give a finished look to the edges. Then lay out the rolled papers and decide which print and solids you like in which order. Once you have laid them out as you like…it’s time to start working on the canvas.  

3) Place the rolled papers onto the canvas allowing a space at the bottom for a trunk. Once you’ve laid them out…it’s time to trim the papers making each one just a bit shorter as you work your way to the tip top of the tree. Keep in mind, you can use some of the rolled pieces you’ve cut off for the top pieces of the tree. Or…hold onto your scraps and make a small tree shaped ornament later!

4) Once the entire tree has been laid out and cut to size…it’s time to adhere to the canvas using the GlueArts Extreme Adhesives Squares. Apply a square or two to the backside of the papers and press down onto the canvas working your way to the top of the tree.

5) Next it’s time to decorate the tree with diecuts, felt embellishments, stickers and more! Use the GlueArts U Cut It Foam to add dimension and depth to the embellishments so they lift off the tree just a bit. Have fun with this step…this is where it really comes together.

 6) Add a hand cut trunk and decorative edge cut from one of the papers for the trunk of the tree. Add a few sprays of the Maya Road Mists to canvas for a light color. Finish off with Epiphany Crafts Stars with Bubble Caps tops for a shiny addition.

 Look for our Holiday Tag video coming up this week too!! 

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