It’s nice to find a craft online or in a magazine, go to the craft store to get the supplies, then come home and make the new piece. What’s even better is when you already have all the things you need to make it. That’s very seldom; craft projects often have a long list of things you have to purchase. There are some crafts, though, that allow you to use whatever you happen to already have. Now that’s a true craft project find! Such is the case when you make a pincushion tree using your choice of supplies.
One thing you can use to make a pincushion tree is Styrofoam balls. Choose a small bag of 1″ balls, a bag of 1.5″ balls, and a bag of 2″ balls. You can paint the entire pincushion tree when it’s done but that method makes it hard to use more than one color. A better option is to paint all of the balls but use a different color for each size. Or, paint them all different colors, regardless of size, to make an eye-catching pincushion tree.
Set the largest balls on the table so that they form a donut shape. Glue the balls together to secure. Do the same to the other balls, gluing all the 1.5″ balls, then the 1″ balls into donut shapes. You should now have a large donut, a medium one and a small one. Stack the medium one on top of the large one and glue it in place. Stack the smallest one on top and glue it in place as well. The tree is done! Now you can embellish it how you want. You can glue on one more ball to make a top for the tree or mount something different, like a wooden star, a large seashell or even a small stuffed animal.
Instead of mounting something on top of the tree you can make the tree into a vase. Since there’s a hole in the top of the design simply set some artificial flowers and greenery down inside. Even just a single flower will look nice.
Use the same technique to make a tree from other materials. Pom-poms, for example, work well to make the tree in a hurry. Glue together a donut shape of 2″ pom-poms, 1.5″ ones, and 1″ ones to make the three donut shapes. Stack and glue them as with the Styrofoam version.
A third option is to cut small circles of fabric to make the ball shapes. Cut 4″, 3″ and 2″ circles to make the tree as large or small as you want (in diameter). Stitch around the circumference of one of the circles then place a ball of cotton batting or fiberfill in the center. Pull the threads to gather the fabric. Gather until you have a tight ball. Do this to all the circles; you’ll end up with three different sizes of the fabric balls. Glue or stitch the largest ones to each other, then the medium ones to each other, then the small ones together. Stack the small on top of the medium then those on top of the large one. Sew or glue them in place.
The tiered pincushion is a unique design that can hold lots and lots of pins and needles. Since you have a choice concerning the materials you can use most people have what they need on-hand to start and complete the project. You’ll use the pincushion tree for many years to come!