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Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft
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Following on from Part 1 of Christmas card Christmas Tree Craft ideas, here re 2 more easy ideas on how you can use some of your personally found sea glass and make someone's Christmas day even more fun and enjoyable.

You can even relay the story of where you found your sea glass treasures and share the experience. Perhaps convert them over to becoming a 'Stooper' themselves, sharing the benefits that the hobby provides.

There are 2 more ideas here, fully illustrated, with clear directions for you to follow.

The Christmas card Christmas tree craft ideas are easy to create, perhaps get the kids involved.

If you are a teacher, these would be easy projects for your students to work on, creating cards for parents, grandparents or other family members.

If the children have actually collected the sea glass whilst out on an excursion, the excursion could be an amazing chance to teach about the ...

  • history of the region
  • history of the sea glass itself and how it ends up on the beaches throughout the world
  • an environmental recycling exercise 

What a fun way of using it. or if you have more than enough sea glass in your own collection why not share the love!

Read on and see how easy these 2 Christmas card Christmas tree craft ideas actually are to create.

No' 3 - Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft

Materials: Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft - No' 3

  • red ribbon or burlap ( or any Christmas ribbon of your choice around 25mm wide) 
  • scissors
  • sea glass - preferably green
  • wooden skewer or tooth pick
  • fabric glue
  • E6000 - or super glue
  • twine or ribbon of choice for bows - make a bow for each layer of ribbon
  • Christmas star - this could be an actual 'real' starfish' as seen here or you could use a sticker, a hand-drawn star, a bead, a charm, or whatever else your creative mind can think of
  • card and envelope - 5" x 7" is a great size to use for most of the handmade cards, "not too big, not too small but just right" says Goldilocks

Instructions: Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft - No' 3

  • Cut the burlap ribbon to size, angling/tapering the edges as per the photo. For this sized card and the width of the ribboning used, only 3 pieces were needed. Leave a space between the pieces of ribbon for the sea glass.
    Leave enough space at the top of the 'tree' for the Christmas star
  • From your collection of sea glass, select the pieces that fit between the ribbon layers
  • Place your choice of Christmas Star at the top of the tree and make sure it fits well
red burlap for christmas card christmas tree craft ideaRed burlap for Christmas card Christmas tree craft idea
sea glass pieces for christmas card christmas tree craft ideaChoosing the Sea Glass for the Christmas tree card
all materials ready for the christmas tree cardAll materials ready for gluing for the Christmas tree card
  • Time to glue the ribboning down. For a reasonably fast drying, stable and secure glue suitable for fabric to paper, Fabric Fusion is recommended. Glue the ribbons into place
  • For the sea glass pieces, it's recommended that E6000 be used. Excellent strong and fast dying glue for glass. Squeeze a small amount out onto a piece of plastic, cardboard or tile. Use a small amount as the glue cures quite fast and if it becomes thick and less spreadable (that's our way off describing it) it doesn't stick the glass to the surface strongly. You will get used to amount of glue to squeeze out each time. 
    Take the wooden skewer or toothpick and spread some of the glue onto the sea glass and place this into position repesting the step untill all the sea glass has been glued onto the Christmas tree card
  • Tie a bow for each layer of ribbon and glue down with Fabric Fusion
fabric fusion glue for the burlap ribbonFabric fusion glue used for the burlap ribbon
e6000 glue used to glue the sea glass to the christmas cardE6000 glue used to glue the sea glass to the christmas card
gluing the rustic twine ribbon to the Christmas tree cardGluing the rustic twine ribbon to the Christmas tree card

Now that all, the bits have been glued down onto the card, allow everything to dry. Once dry, make sure that the card will fit into the envelope.

If you are posting this to a friend or loved one, may I suggest that you use a padded postal envelope to send it through the mail for added protection.

making sure the Christmas tree card fits into envelopeMaking sure the finished Christmas tree card fits into envelope

Now that you have your beautiful card made you might like to combine it with a sea glass gift. Handcrafted using genuine sea glass from southern shores beaches.

No' 4 - Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft

Materials: Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft - No' 4

  • popsicle sticks
  • snips
  • sea glass pieces - green
  • sea glass piece for the trunk - brown
  • E6000 glue
  • wooden skewer or tooth pick
  • rubber stamp - preferably Christmas themed and stamp pad
  • Christmas star - your choice for this, re-purposed beads from an old necklace found in the local Opportunity/Thrift shop were used for this example.
  • several sequins or you could use beads or ribbon bow where these have been used on the card
  • card and envelope - excellent size is 5" x 7" 
  • gilders wax (optional) 

Instructions: Christmas Card Christmas Tree Craft - No' 4

  • Using the snips, snap the popsicle sticks into lengths for the tree branches. These can be breaks with rough edges as you can see in the photo.
  • Lay these out, adjusting the lengths to create a graduating and tapering Christmas tree. Not how spaces between the popsicle strips are to be filled with sea glass pieces. Everything can be adjusted at this stage as nothing is being glued down
  • Choose the pieces of green sea glass and fit them between the popsicle sticks
  • Fit the piece of brown sea glass into the 'trunk' position of the tree, you may have to adjust the angle of the bottom popsicle stick to accommodate the glass. The positioning doesn't have to be perfect, it's just to give the effect of a trunk.
  • Place the Christmas Star at the top of the tree.

How is everything looking? Happy with the placement? Let's move on to the next exciting step. The gluing and finishing touches

  • Squeeze out a small amount of the glue onto a piece of plastic, cardboard or tile and using the wooden skewer or toothpick, glue all the pieces of popsicle sticks to the card. At this stage you might like to remove the sea glass to make this easier.

Note that Maz decided to move the Christmas tree to the left of the card, allowing for some stamping to be done on the right hand side

  • Glue all the pieces of sea glass into position
  • Glue your chosen Christmas Star into place - paint/draw a star or you could even just use a sticker star or ribbon bow
  • Using the stamps that you have selected, stamp onto the card. If you don't have stamps, you could even write a Christmas message or draw/paint some presents, holly etc
  • Glue the sequins onto the pressies - could use little gold ribbon/thread bows
  • This step is optional. You could use Gilder's Wax or gold paint - Add the gold to the edges of the card and also to the top surface of the popsicle sticks

Now that all, the bits have been glued down onto the card, allow everything to dry. Once dry, make sure that the card will fit into the envelope.

If you are posting this to a friend or loved one, may I suggest that you use a padded postal envelope to send it through the mail for added protection.

Check out more Christmas Card Christmas tree craft ideas here ...

Part 1 - Christmas Tree Card Craft Ideas

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