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Project

Glittered Branches and Ornaments

Introduction

Bring the outdoors inside with these shimmering, nature-inspired ornaments. We used a variety of tinsel glitter colors to create our branches; you may also mix colors together for added depth.

Materials

  • Glittering glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Glitter in a variety of colors and consistencies
  • Plastic containers for mixing glitter, if desired
  • Tree branch
  • Birch round
  • Drill
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Green moss, if desired
  • Decorative nest
  • Twigs
  • Hair clip
  • Decorative birds
  • Acorns
  • T-pin
  • 22-gauge wire
  • Plain ball ornaments (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Brush glue onto several inches of a branch with a bristle brush and cover in glitter. Shake off excess.

  2. Step 2

    Insert branch into pre-drilled hole in birch round and secure with hot glue. Attach green moss to sides of birch round with hot glue, if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Slightly crush and distress a decorative nest to create a more natural look, by pressing it against a table and pounding it. Add a few more twigs to give it character.

  4. Step 4

    Brush glue onto nest; cover in glitter. Shake off excess.

  5. Step 5

    Use hot glue to attach a hair clip to the nest. When the glue has cooled, attach the nest to the branch with the hair clip. Place glittered bird in nest.

  6. Step 6

    Paint glue on one colored area of bird; choose a glitter that matches this color and pour over glued area. Shake off excess.

  7. Step 7

    Paint glue over another color; glitter. Repeat until the bird is completely glittered. Place in a sparkling nest, if desired.

  8. Step 8

    Glue the acorn cap to the top of the acorn and poke a hole through the stem with a T-pin. String 22-gauge floral wire through the hole. Paint the acorn bottom with glue, and dunk in glitter. Shake off excess.

  9. Step 9

    Paint the acorn cap with glue, and glitter with microbeads or tinsel glitter. Shake off excess. Glitter plain ball ornaments with snow glitter to add, if desired.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2008

Reviews (4)

  • MamaofBoys 19 Dec, 2008

    LOVE this! I'm going out to buy the materials at Michael's this morning! I will involve my husband and three-year-old this weekend; it will be a family affair! These twigs, birds, nests and acorns will make exquisite, inexpensive gifts!

  • MamaofBoys 19 Dec, 2008

    LOVE this! I'm going out to buy the materials at Michael's this morning! I will involve my husband and three-year-old this weekend; it will be a family affair! These twigs, birds, nests and acorns will make exquisite, inexpensive gifts!

  • kmaypottery 5 Dec, 2008

    I made these with my two year old daughter last night. She has a blast painting with the glue and spinkling the glitter on the nests and birdies. Martha's glitter from Michaels is fabulous! So fine and sprakly, I recommend this craft to anyone! I didn't feel the need to have a drill, I just threaded the wire through the nest and twiested at the bottom and most fake birds come with wire attached to their feet. We also purchased little eggs and glittered them in light blue. :)

  • PogosMom 5 Dec, 2008

    Why are there no pictures associated with these crafts?