Upcycle: Copper Himmeli and Twiggy Trees | the ReFab Diaries

I tend to be a fake-tree person. This year, while contemplating getting a real one, things took a different turn. We spotted a pile of fallen branches and agreed they might make a fun tree. So I ended up with the mess pictured below ... 

And once I stripped a lot of branches off to "make" the tree, I wondered what I could do with them. Which set off the spree of DIY ornaments below! All quite easy to make. I've linked to tutorials and inspiration.

Two of my favorite recent trends converge in these ornaments: Himmeli sculptures and copper! I used 45x2mm copper tube beads that I found on Etsy (the seller included the shorter beads) and jewelry wire. I used tutorials at The House that Lars built, Nicest Things and Curbly.  

Pretty huh? 

The twig trees were inspired by Fellow Fellow's gift toppers. She uses yarn... I wanted to stick with the metal theme, so I used wire. Click through for her beautiful tutorial and more inspiration.

If you're interested in beading wire like this, it's easy. Cut the length you'll use (which isn't much for a little project like this). Feed three beads onto the wire and twist them into a cluster. Add another three and twist. And so it. 

I'm loving these little trees. And they're right at home on our slightly odd 2014 Christmas tree.

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