Here's something you might want to give a try this holiday season! Make your own bottle brush trees! I found this how to, from Cathe's blog, Just Something You Made.
Here's what you need to get started:
Vise, tabletop or clamp type
wire 22 gauge
Cut 4- 4" pieces of the twine and unravel them all until you get a pile of them.
Cut a 20" piece of wire and fold in half. Make a loop on the end by wrapping it around a pencil a couple of times.
Put glue on both pieces of your wire and lay your pile of twine on one side and lay the other side of the glued wire on top. Your twine is going to be sandwiched in between the wires. Twist a little bit on each end.
Let your glue get a little tacky and then put the ends of your wires in the vise.
Begin twisting and twisting until it looks like the whole wire has been twisted nice and tight.
Take out of the vise and give your tree a haircut!
Now brush your tree with glue and sprinkle heavily with mica flakes.
Trim your wire on both ends of the tree and hot glue your tree into a piece of a sliced tree branch. I used a hand drill with a small bit to make a hole in the wood. Then decorate with tiny ornaments! Have fun making your trees!!
Letting everyone know that I made a pattern for my Santa Doll that I made and sold a few weeks back. I will get the pattern on Pattern Mart later tonight, and have a link to it over on my right side bar when it's ready.