Thursday, December 13, 2012

Purple Haze . . .

I made a purple topper for our rainbow tree last week, over a couple of days.
I used these . . .
I already  had everything except the plastic star ($2 from the cheap shop) and the purple glitter paint (also $2 from the cheap shop - I'm the last of the big spenders!).
First, I glued some braid around the edges of the star to give it some interest.
 This took ages to dry, so I couldn't do the next step until the following day. Yeesh!
Then I painted the whole lot with the glitter paint, which didn't turn out as well as expected. This is after 3 coats, and actually looks darker in the photo than in reality. The 'paint 'is more like clear glue with purple glitter in it.
To add some depth to the colour, I mixed up some leftovers to make the best dark-ish purple I could without having to buy anything! I painted over the lot, and then added another glitter layer once it was dry. Phew.
Finally I was able to add a hessian flower and a ribbon bow . . .
and get it on the tree!
P.S. "Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, 
they are all 30 feet tall." Larry Wilde

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