DIY Christmas Decorations: How to Make String Art Trees

  • Don’t waste money on Christmas decorations this holiday season
  • You can easily make decorations that will look great around your apartments in Everett WA
  • These Christmas string art trees can be made with supplies you probably already have around your house

Trees of all shapes and sizes are a classic piece of winter holiday decor.

Because they’re so popular, they often end up being expensive, even for small ones.

If you’re in need of a cute, decorative tree but don’t have a big budget for one, here’s another fun DIY Christmas decoration you can make alongside your own DIY wreath — a string art tree that you can quickly make and display for the holidays.

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What you’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Small pot or pan
  • Paper
  • Embroidery floss (but other string will work fine)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Saran wrap

supplies for string art trees

Step 1: Make the starch solution

Heat 1 cup of water on high in a small pot or pan on the stove. Once it comes to a boil, stir in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and let it boil for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir periodically until the solution has cooled. As it cools, it will thicken into a starchy paste.

corn starch mixture

Step 2: Make a cone

Roll the paper into a cone. This cone will determine the size of your trees, so make it whatever size you want. Once you’ve achieved your desired size, use tape to hold the paper together.

paper cone

Trim the excess paper from the bottom of the cone so it can stand freely.

trim the paper cone so it can stand freely

Step 3: Saran wrap it

Roll out the saran wrap and cut a piece of it big enough to cover your paper cone.

covering the cone in saran wrap

Cover the cone in saran wrap. Make sure the entire cone is covered so the tree will come off easily once it’s dry.

paper cone covered in saran wrap

Step 4: Soak the string

Unravel some of the string and let it sit in the starch solution for a minute or so.

string soaking in corn starch solution

Step 5: Wrap the string

Loosely pinch the string with your fingers and run them along the string to remove the excess solution and carefully wrap the soaked string around the cone.

stringing the treestring art tree drying

Repeat for additional trees and let them dry for 24 hours.

string art trees drying

Step 6: Remove the paper cone

Once the trees are dry and feel sturdy, carefully remove the paper cone by pinching it together at the bottom and gently lifting the string tree off.

removing the saran wrap and paper

Step 7: Display and enjoy

That’s all you need to do! You can display these however you like! For a fun effect, you can put an electric tea light underneath it or even set them on top of a string of Christmas lights.

finished string art trees

O Christmas tree!

These string art trees are a great DIY Christmas decoration for the home, or you could easily give them as gifts. Enjoy!

 

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Published at Fri, 06 Dec 2019 15:20:32 +0000

What is a Pied-à-Terre?

A pied-à-terre — French for “foot on the ground” — is a city apartment that’s occupied during the workweek and is not considered one’s main residence. A pied-à-terre is usually much smaller in comparison to other rental units as it’s only occupied part-time.

Who needs a pied-à-terre?

Pied-à-terre apartments are primarily rented by business professionals who work in the heart of a large city, yet have a primary residence that’s some distance away from the city center.

A secondary group of people who may benefit from a pied-à-terre is frequent travelers who habitually visit a particular city. If one visits a city frequently enough, a pied-à-terre in that city is a worthy investment.

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What constitutes a pied-à-terre?

Pied-à-terre apartments have a few notable characteristics that distinguish them from other short-term or temporary housing.

  • Near the city center
  • Not near the primary residence
  • Typically resemble an efficiency apartment
  • Likely furnished by the property owner
  • Fully staffed

What does a pied-à-terre look like?

pied-a-terre

Photo of Pearl Marketplace at Midtown in Houston, TX

As we mentioned, a pied-à-terre usually closely resembles an efficiency apartment like the unit shown in the image above. This is because a pied-à-terre is one’s second home and renters of a pied-à-terre likely want to avoid exorbitant costs from renting an enormous unit. Pied-à-terre units are often fully furnished and offer a long list of amenities. Anyone deciding to rent an apartment for this purpose is probably doing so to improve their quality of life, which explains the prevalence of luxury amenities.

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Published at Fri, 06 Dec 2019 14:49:34 +0000