Make this beautiful white tulle Christmas tree this festive season.
You will need
- 20cm x 20cm piece of plywood
- 80cm long dowel stick
- wood glue
- white spray paint
- 6m x 2m stiff white tulle
- elastic bands
- Drill a hole into the wood to fit your dowel stick into (most hardware stores will do this for you). Glue the dowel stick into place. Spray paint it white, and allow to dry.
- Cut your piece of tulle in half, lengthwise, to get two pieces 3m long. Cut each piece in half again to get four pieces of 1.5m long. Stack two pieces of tulle on top of each other for easy cutting, and likewise with the other two pieces. Cut sections 50cm wide, 45cm wide, 35cm wide, 30cm wide and 20cm wide and 10cm wide. You will now have four pieces of tulle in each width.
- Start with a 50cm wide piece. Lay it out in front of you, and carefully start gathering from the short end, all the way along the piece. Holding the gathered section, tie an elastic band around the middle. It will look like a bow. This is the frill.
- Pull the elastic over the dowel stick, and guide the frill down. The elastic band will secure the frill to the dowel stick. Manipulate the frill if you need to. Continue with the rest of the pieces of tulle, from widest to narrowest, to create your tree.
Note The longer your tulle strip, the frillier it will be. Cut the length of the tulle pieces that make the top of the tree slightly shorter, so you achieve a balanced look throughout. Use stiff tulle so that the layers sit up nicely.
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Magazine issue date: December, 2013