Hi ladies so here is a DIY project that I've been working on today. I went on Dollar Tree website...
Day 1: about 22 strands on this tree. The tree is very big.... I will probably use a smaller tree for the wedding
"Inspiration Picture" I will probably add white and green flowers to mine
Acrylic 6mm beads
wire for the strands
me in my Pat Benatar shirt spraying the branches silver
before I painted the branches
close up of one of the gems
Found these gems at Michaels right next to the glue guns.
Day 2: cut the tree smaller and added more strands and orange silk flowers to see what it would look like.
Day 2 : Close up!
So I started to make crystal strands for the crystal wedding tree. I got a few branches from around the house so I could get an idea how long to make the strands. I bought my stuff from Michaels.
I found the clear sparkling gems by the glue guns. I made about 22 strands or so using only one box. ($5 a box)
Then I bought acrylic beads. Some I put 50 beads per each strand, but I think they are too long. So I made some with 20 & 35 beads on each strand and I like them better. I only went through about 1 1/2 boxes of the beads. ($3 per box)
The wire was only $2 and was by the glue guns.
Silver Paint ($5)
I am probably going to make a total of 45 strands for the tree and also put flowers in the tree very similar to the "inspiration picture"
I am probably not going to use these branches in the picture because I have to transport everything from Florida to Michigan in my tiny little car.
Day 2: (5/31/08) I was up bright and early this morning fixing and adding more strands. I made most of the strands with 30 beads on each strand. Some I made smaller with about 20 beads on each strand. This took me about 1 1/2 hours. Then I cut the branches off the tree to make it shorter. I counted about 33 or so strands on the tree. I might make a few more... but I dont want to over do it! I decided to take apart a silk flower arrangement I had so I could see how the flowers would look on it. I love how the orange blossoms pop! I am probably going to use green and white flowers on the tree for me wedding. It looks nice in the pictures... but it looks really cool in person!
So I would suggest to make this project on your own you should buy:
2 boxes of sparkling gems
2 boxes of 6mm beads
I would suggest putting about 20-30 beads on each strand if you are planning to hang it from a medium size tree.