Sunday, January 6, 2013

Winter Feather Tree

I've been collecting blackened beeswax ornaments for over a year - I just love the various scents that the makers add and the simplicity of the ornaments is addicting - I have to have more! 
My dilemma became how to display these gorgeous little pieces. I had them on a German Twig tree that I have, but they just got lost.  There wasn't enough contrast between the dark tree branches and the darker color of the ornaments.  

 An off white feather tree is what I came up with.  I purchased wire at Michael's or JoAnn's - can't remember which,  along with white floral stem tape.  Found a cream wool skirt at Goodwill that I felted slightly and cut into strips, a dowel from the garage and a pair of my husband's pliers.      

I started by marking off the spacing of the branches and then fringe cutting the strips.  The wire branches were then wrapped with the wool strips and attached to the dowel.  


I did learn a couple of things - 

1.Start the branches at the top and work down - it would have been easier to add the next row this way.

2.  Buy more than one roll of floral tape, especially if you are like me and live an hour away from Michael's! 

The one large round disc that you see just below the center point is actually a little heavy for my branches.  While I'm happy with my project I am thinking how I could create a different feather tree with heavier gauge wire for the branches to support the weight of the larger ornaments that I have.  Any thoughts or advice?  



  1. Your tree looks amazing! Looks like a lot of work, but was worth all your efforts. I have always wanted some of those beeswax pieces and thought the same thing. Where and how will I display them?

  2. I love it and am totally impressed with your creativity! What a great idea.

  3. Ann that is a really cute prim tree you made!!
    How do you store your wax ornaments?
    Enjoy your Sunday

  4. Love your tree Ann. I was thinking I might make another tree using a heavier gauge wire
    Your ornaments look great on it!

  5. Such a clever idea to display the ornaments. So creative!

  6. Hi Ann, looks so beautiful on the white feather tree....I also love the blackened beeswax prim looking......Blessings Francine.

  7. Love it. You did a great job.

  8. The black ornaments look great on your new feather tree - you did a good job of making it. I think it would be fun to display pastel spring ornaments on there too!

    1. ......oh! And red hearts for Valentine's Day!

  9. very pretty, no ideas on stronger wire, unless maybe a tomato cage, cut apart?? just a thought, I agree with Gayle, about the hearts & pastels!

  10. Well, I think yours looks pretty, but did you google how to make a twig tree? You might consider using real tree branches :)


  11. Oooo, that's pretty Ann. How creative you are:) I would love to know how to make these ornies. I tried once and it was a complete disaster. The color was all wrong and I couldn't get the spices to stick to the wax. Any ideas? -Steph-

  12. I am not familiar with the beeswax ornaments. I need to do a search and find out more. They look very interesting.

  13. Lovely beeswax ornaments :) Wishing you a lovely week,


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