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Bead-and-Glitter Fruit Tree

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This tabletop decoration was like putting together a puzzle
from thrift-shop bead and glitter fruit.

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Every time I saw this type of sparkling fruit decoration
at a good price, I added it to my stash.

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Looks even better in real life and is fun to work with.

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I found some on eBay and a box of smaller glitter fruit
at Michaels too. At last I had enough for a Williamsburg
style table-top fruit tree decoration.

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I made my bead-and-glitter fruit tree of:
• 16 pieces of actual-size fruit, which I called "large"
• 30 pieces of medium, or smaller fruit
• 30 pieces of very small fruit, like clusters of berries and grapes
• 30 faux twig branches (mine had crystals attached)
• 30 glass beads in red, green, blue, old, and clear (optional)
• Beadalon wire for attaching glass beads (optional)
• Tulip dimensional fabric paint, glow-in-the dark (optional)
• 2 strands of battery operated wreath lights (optional)
• hot glue

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This was the "Charlie Brown" faux tree I used as a base.
It was shaped like a paper towel holder made of wood as shown
in the inset, with twiggy glittered branches attached.

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You can easily duplicate the look of my tree with a paper towel holder
to which you've glued about 5 inches of extension
(from a dowel or stick) to the top.
The tree I made is about 18-inches tall.

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Here's how I started … gluing the larger fruit around the base.

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My twigs were too long, so I trimmed them back to about 1-2"
beyond the fruit stack.

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When I had about half of the tree completed, I wove two
sets of string lights under the fruit (right), and also
began wiring on glass beads (left).

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I finished each twig end with a drop of dimensional fabric paint.
These tiny globes add great texture and will also glow in the dark.

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Switch on the lights and let it sparkle!

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cupcake garden

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5"x7" Greeting Card
A garden party in a magical setting calls for an amazing cake, with crushed candies, sprinkles, and icing sugar. A treat for the eyes in this fanciful garden background, and a candle that never goes out.

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nest collage

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10" x 10"
Canvas Print

A highly detailed nest with eggs in the foreground, lace and antique almanac page in the background.

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