Twig Christmas Tree Luminaries

It’s that Christmas project time of the year again, and because I made twig ornaments 2 years ago and we made a stacked log Christmas tree last year, I thought I’d challenge myself with yet another rustic project with the gifts from mother nature this holiday season.

But I have a little riddle for you first:

What is clear and when flipped upside-down, it looks a little like a Christmas tree?

Answer:

A plastic cup!

Beg your pardon?

Make rustic holiday luminaries with twigs, clear plastic cups and flameless candles from Stow and Tell UThat riddle probably makes a lot more sense when you add some twigs! 

Follow the hashtag #HomeForChirstmas to check out all of the newest DIY Christmas craft and decor inspriation bloghop style hosted by Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.comNow, it looks like Ken and I are going to have the annual Christmas party at our house this year.

Which means we’re going to be home for Christmas but before we have to pull together a Christmas party at our home, I’m excited to have been able to pull together a Christmas inspired DIY craft so that I could be part of the #HomeForChristmas Blog Hop that is being hosted by Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com.

I’m inviting you to follow along with me at the bottom of this post by checking out all of the newest DIY Christmas craft and decor ideas from bloggers around the web.

It’s easy as pie to follow along.

Just click through on any of the thumbnail links at the bottom of this post and it will take you straight to the full post for that project.

You can also follow along on social media using the hashtag, #HomeForChirstmas.

Make rustic holiday luminaries with twigs, clear plastic cups and flameless candles from Stow and Tell U

Plastic cup and twig Christmas tree luminaries

Supplies:

Lots of twigs and branches ~ collect them from your yard, a park or nearby forest

Look for branches and twigs that are more or less “pencil sized” in diameter, but also collect thinner ones because it helps to have varied sizes to piece together the Christmas tree.

Clear plastic beverage party cups – I went with 3 different sizes

Hot glue gun – or  – a fast drying clear glue such as E6000 Quick Grab

Pruning shears – or – a pair of wire cutters

Flameless tea light and/or flameless votives

Several cookie sheets – I used my older ones

twig-project-tutorialStep 1) Break the branches down enough to fit on a cookie sheet.  It helps to snip off the branchy pieces so that all of the branches are like sticks, but make sure to add the branchy pieces right back into the branch pile.  (I hope that makes sense.)

Step 2) Bake the cookie sheet full of branches in the oven at 170 degrees F for 1 hr and 15 minutes.  Let cool.  This step helps dry out all the twigs, so that they’re easier to work with and also kills off any funky stuff living on the branches.

Tip:  I broke this project up into several days, doing the baking step on one day, the twig breaking on another and the tree making on another.

twig-craft-projectStep 3) Break or snip the branches down to 4 inch (10 cm) , 3 inch (7.6 cm)  and 2 inch (5 cm) pieces

This doesn’t need to be perfect:  I found that when I snipped off a 2″ piece, I was left with a piece close enough to go right in the 3″ piles, and so on.

How many twigs do you need?  I used about 30 twig pieces per layer, give or take, and the higher up on the tree, the fewer the twigs I needed to complete the layer.

Make rustic holiday luminaries with twigs, clear plastic cups and flameless candles from Stow and Tell UStep 4) Flip the clear plastic cup upside-down and start hot gluing one twig at a time to the plastic cup.  I applied the hot glue to the twig some of the time, and some of the time I applied the hot glue to the cup being careful not to hold application near the cup too long.  Make sure to follow all of your hot glue gun’s usage recommendations for safety purposes.

Tip: Make sure to leave some space between the twigs so that the light will show through to make it a luminary once the project is completed. (Mine are probably a little too close together.)

twig-christmas-tree-luminary-directionsStep 5) When completed with the first layer, start a second layer by overlapping the twigs with enough space to make it look like the next tier of a Christmas tree.

rustic-twig-christmas-craftStep 6) Continue up the tree by repeating step 5 and continuing to slant the twigs inward as you make your way up to the top.

Tip: When I neared the top, I used some of the 4″ twigs to build a frame of sorts, and then filled that in with the smaller pieces.

Create a rustic twig Christmas tree for holiday decor or centerpieces with twigs, a clear plastic cup and hot glue from Stow and Tell UAdditional tips:

  • For the smaller cups I used the 2″ and 3″ pieces
  • For the larger cups I used mostly 3″ and 4″ pieces, but some 2″ pieces to finish off the top
  • If a gap of space seemed to big, I filled it in by adding some hot glue to the tip of the twig and then sliding it up into the space.

Create a rustic twig Christmas tree for holiday crafts, decor or a centerpiece with twigs, a clear plastic cup and hot glue. Can also be used as a flameless candle luminary from Stow and Tell U

  • I tried to mix up the colors, textures, types and sizes of the twigs to achieve a more dimensional look.
  • Use a tweezers, or rub a pieces of tape over the projects to clear away all of the hot glue webs when the project is done.

Create a rustic twig Christmas tree for holiday decor or centerpieces with twigs, a clear plastic cup and hot glue from Stow and Tell UOnce these trees were done I placed a flameless tealight under the smaller tree and flameless votive candles under the larger trees.

Create a rustic twig Christmas tree for holiday decor or centerpieces with twigs, a clear plastic cup and hot glue from Stow and Tell UI was having trouble taking night time photos; however, my favorite part is the variation of textures made from nature and daylight shows that off pretty darn well!

Create a rustic twig Christmas tree for holiday crafts, decor or a centerpiece with twigs, a clear plastic cup and hot glue. Can also be used as a flameless candle luminary from Stow and Tell UAs I mentioned, I the tendency is to want to fill in all the gaps, but for luminary purposes, leaving slight spaces between the twigs is the ideal.

Create a rustic twig Christmas tree for holiday crafts, decor or a centerpiece with twigs, a clear plastic cup and hot glue. Can also be used as a flameless candle luminary from Stow and Tell UIt took me about 2 hours to build the first tree, but a little less time, for each tree after that.

Make a Christmas project from nature with these twig and plastic cup Christmas tree luminaries that can be used as a centerpiece or rustic decor from Stow and Tell UHere’s to being home for Christmas and a happy holiday season to all.

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18 Responses to Twig Christmas Tree Luminaries

  1. Karrah - Mrs. Do It Herself December 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    This is TOO cute!!! I love it!

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

      Thank you Karrah!

  2. Malia December 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    What a wonderful idea and a great way to upcycle twigs!

  3. Sharleen December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    Great thanks another one for my patio.. Its just we are having a warm Christmas Amy and setting up outside this Christmas evening. .. I love it.

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

      That sounds like so much fun to be able to sit out on your patio for Christmas evening. I bet it’s really cozy and perhaps you even get to star gaze? Thank you Sharleen xo

  4. chris aka monkey December 7, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    amy i am loving this as much as i have all of your twig projects, i am bestowing a bachelors degree in twigology on you ha ha i am doing pretty good painting kitchen cabinets slowly but surely may have them done by next summer xx

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

      That may have been a smarter field to study, then the one I chose back in my college days, lol. Thanks so much Chris and I’m sooo glad to hear that you feeling well enough to bet back to your diy groove! xoxo

  5. Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage December 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    Your twig trees turned out great Amy! I love that you used plastic cups as the base. So clever. I’m wondering, how does one get in on these HT blog hops?

  6. Jill Flory December 7, 2015 at 7:53 pm #

    How cute! I love using twigs and branches in decor!

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Yes, I’m a bit of an addict myself, lol. Thanks so much Jill

  7. Marie from The Interior Frugalista December 7, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Very cute! Pinned to share 🙂

    • Amy December 9, 2015 at 10:29 pm #

      Thank you Marie xo

  8. Jeanette December 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    These are so “rusticly” sweet!

  9. Diana December 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Great idea Jill and nice, easy tutorial to follow–so creative! Nice to meet you via the Home for the Holidays blog hop 🙂

  10. Tammy December 8, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    Love these … Very Cute!

  11. Thea December 9, 2015 at 1:44 am #

    This is such a brilliant craft idea for Christmas! I love how they turned out and I love how easy they are to make thanks to your tutorial. Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. Lucy @ Patina Paradise December 9, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    What a labor of love. You are much more patient than I am! ;o) They are so rustic and a great almost free nature project!

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