Don’t you just love when you have an idea for a project and it actually comes out like you pictured it? Maybe even better?? That just happened to me with these Burlap Ribbon Trees I made as part of the “Foam for the Holidays” campaign with Make It: Fun® Foam and Design It: ®Simple. The details of this campaign were simple: I would receive a box of foam in various sizes from Flora Craft as well as a mystery add-on item and I had to come up with a project. Simple enough, right? I was hoping for those foam cones, wreaths or even balls you see in craft stores because that would be an easy challenge. I could do a wreath, a topiary or a tree. Ummm, not so much. My box contained various styrofoam squares and a few rolls of wired burlap ribbon. My initial thought was, “oh I could wrap the blocks in the ribbon and BOOM I’d have some cute faux Christmas presents”. No wait. My FIRST thought was “What on earth am I going to do with this???” Then the whole idea of making my own tree even though I didn’t get any foam cones came to me and I couldn’t wait to get started.
I used the foam squares as the base of the tree. I initially used an entire block (the smallest one I received) as the base of the tree but didn’t like how it looked after I made the ruffled tree skirt from the burlap ribbon. I cut it down so that I was now working with a foam slab that was about an inch or so thick. I was worried that the weight of the tree (it’s not heavy at all but I just wasn’t sure how that would work out) would not be supported by the slab but it worked fine. Score!
I don’t have a ton of progress photos. A girl with a toddler needs to craft, and craft quick when she gets the chance so I didn’t stop to take a lot of photos. Plus I really was expecting the whole project to be a bust (because most of my good ideas turn out to be craft fails) so when it actually turned out, I was left without pictures. Figures!