Book: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Activity: Chenille Stem Tinsel Trees
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a Christmas classic that never
seems to grow old. I love the part where Max the dog can't pull the
sled fast enough and he ends up at the back of the sled waving
his little paw, so cute.
up Cindy-Lou Who? Adorable! I look forward to it every year.
Oh, and the kids do too!
Glittery Chenille Stem Tinsel Tree Tutorial
• at least 15 chenille stems
• wire clippers or heavy scissors
• pony beads for decorating
• polymer clay for the base
• bamboo skewer
Step 1: Take three chenille stems and twist them completely together.
This is the trunk of the tree. It doesn't have to be this tall, you can
clip it down later. Open up the three stems where
the top of the tree will be.
Step 2: Snip groups of chenille stems to form the branches. You can
have as many or as few branches as you'd like. Clip at least two
branches of each size to get you started.
Step 3: Starting at the top, place the middle of the small cut chenille
stem on the trunk of the tree and twist it around as tight as you can.
Repeat adding branches one under the other until you are happy with
the way it looks. You can space the branches apart too.
You can make the trees as tall or as small as you'd like but
they do get a little more wobbly the taller they get.
Pony beads are easy decorations that can be slipped
right onto the branches.
I chose to make a base out of polymer clay. I like that it is heavy
enough to keep it from tipping over. Take a package of polymer clay
and shape it into a half sphere. Use a bamboo skewer to make a hole
in the top. Bake following the directions on the package. When cooled
just stick the chenille stem trunk into the hole on top and you've got
an adorable little tree to decorate and play with.
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