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Recycled raffia xmas tree

Recycle appletiser or grapetiser bottles for these decorative xmas trees that would make the perfect centrepiece for your Christmas table.


You will need:

Raffia in 2 colours
Dremel hot glue gun and glue sticks
Appletiser or grapetiser bottle, washed and labels removed
Assorted beads - I used a selection of pearl and blue glass beads
Bostik spray adhesive
Foil decoration for topping

Here's how:

1. Wash you bottle and remove all the labels.

2. Glue pink raffia to bottom of bottle and slowly wind up. You can add small blobs of glue as you move up to keep the raffia in place. Use a toothpick to push the raffia down onto the glue.

3. Wrap pink and blue raffia around the bottom third of the bottle and stop where the bottle starts to angle.

4. Now you're going to start wrapping from the top. Place a blob of glue on the bottle and use a toothpick to press the end of the raffia into the glue. Wrap around until you meet the blue section and then apply a blob of glue and cut the raffia. Continue to do this - alternating from wrapping from left to right, and right to left, until you have completely covered the bottle.

5. Make little blue bows and glue these on randomly.

6. Top off each bow with a small pearl or bead. Use a toothpick to hold the bead whilst you apply glue, and then push onto the top of the bow.

7. Around the bottom of the tree I glued large glass beads to hold the raffia firmly in place, and for extra decoration.

8. Clean off any glue fibres.

9. Put your tree onto a sheet of newspaper. Spray Bostik spray adhesive lightly onto the tree from a distance of 40cm and then sprinkle glue over this.

Top off with a foil decoration and place in the centre of the table.


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