Now that Christmas is over, I’m craving all things warm, bright, and pretty. Don’t tell me that it’s only January and real spring weather is at least two months away, because I am in denial. Anyway, when I was putting away my Christmas decorations, I stopped at my advent tree. I thought about throwing the branches on our brush pile, but they are just so delicate and sculptural. I moved them into the kitchen, where they set for about a day.
The bare branches needed something to keep them from looking so, well…bare. Luckily, I’ve recently read about two million blog tutorials on how to make fabric flowers, so I knew just where to turn for a little pop of spring color.
There tons of ways to make fabric flowers, but I went with a really simple method. I folded some yellow jersey fabric in half, and freehanded circles in a variety of sizes, none larger than about an inch and a half in diameter. This gave me two circles in each size.
I folded each set of circles in half, and sewed in the middle of the fold a couple of times.
Next, I squished the flower to fold it in the opposite direction and stitched several more times until I liked the shape of the flower.
Then, I just used my trusty hot glue gun to stick the flower buds to the branches.
Maybe I’m just really in need of spring cheer, but I LOVE how this turned out. It was so simple to do, and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
If flower buds aren’t your thing, you can still add a little spring to your bare branches. Why not print out a flock of vintage birds to sit in your “tree?” Or, you could cut a bunch of hearts out of scrapbook paper, string them on some delicate thread, and wind your new little garland through the branches.