The Jesse Tree Base
(the actual tree!)
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WHAT YOU NEED:
- felt in green and brown - you'll want 1/2 yard of brown and 1 yard of green
- sewing thread in green
- sewing machine (this is a nice, easy, inexpensive model and one I love!)
- construction cone - I used a 36" cone
- green buttons
HOW TO MAKE:
- BASE: cut the brown felt about five inches wider than the base of the cone as shown in the photo above. Then, in the very center of the brown square, cut a hole (approximately 5", but it depends on how wide your cone is) so the brown felt slides down to ALMOST the bottom of the cone. You want to have at least 2" of brown on the actual cone so it looks like the stem of the tree. TIP: start with a small hole, and then slowly make it larger as you can't "go back" if you cut it to big. Once you have the desired shape, glue it down in an organic style (let it bunch) to the bottom of the cone and underneath, wrapping the brown felt underneath and heavily gluing it to the base and underside of the cone.
- BRANCHES: As shown in the photo, cut a curve/wave pattern out of the green felt. You'll want it to be about four inches WIDER than the circumference of the cone so it can overlap. Cut out two matching pieces, stitch them together at the base along the curve, and put a bit of stuffing in each curve to puff it out a bit. You will repeat this multiple times, as each "ring of waves" is a separate layer. I recommend making the rings one layer at a time, pinning them around the tree, and - once you like the arrangement, going back and hand-stitching them into place. This sounds more complex than it really is...just look at the finished product photo and it should make sense :)
- BUTTONS: attach buttons (25 in total) randomly on the tree so you have a place to hang the ornaments.