Tree Bloomin' with Love
Oh! I love love love Valentine's Day! It's a wonderful way to say "You're terrific!" in fantastical style! So herewith a twist-- quite literally-- on the usual Valentines is a project that'll get a thump-thump from anyone's heart!
- Low gauge silver wire (or color of your choice), 22 ml
- Wire cutters
- Balsa wood
- Double stick tape
- Red heavy-weight paper
- Black marker
- Go outside and look up. Study the trees to observe the reaching, twisting branches that end in tiny twigs. Now, look down... and find a rock that is bigger than your fist but smaller than your foot. Bring it back to your project area.
- Using low gauge wire (22 ml), measure a 16" length. Do not cut. Instead spool out more wire approx 15 - 18" lengths until you have a bundle that is the thickness of your ring finger.
- Twist the middle portion of the wire to form the tree trunk. Next, have an adult clip the ends of the wires using a wire cutter.
- separate the top and bottom wires into at least five sections. The top section will become the branches and the bottom the roots. Twist each section and then separate again and twist and separate on until the end of the wire. Use this method for both the top and bottom sections.
- Attach your tree to the rock by looping the "root" wires around it and twisting them to each other to secure the tree in place.
- Cut a 1" strip of balsa wood. Using a push pin, make a hole at either end to slip a piece of wire through. Hang it from a branch so that it can swing.
- Cut out a heart and write someone's initials in the middle. Glue the heart to the tree as though you carved the initials there. Ta-da!
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