• Crafty Beggars Christmas Special

    Stephanie Campbell

    Stephanie

    Stephanie Campbell has always been a bit crafty. From working with her mother at the kitchen table making papier-mâché animals, through to a woodworking course when she lived in Australia, that resulted in some quirky items of furniture, she has always loved working with her hands.

    Her colourful wooden Christmas tree was made from skip wood and utilised lots of old paint remains to create an interesting alternative to the traditional tree. She particularly loves working in wood but is also very creative around the house, trimming lampshades with fur and feathers found near her local duckpond and creating sculptures out of paper cups.

    An avid forager, she makes seasonal front door wreaths from nature’s abundance.

    Now retired from corporate life, Stephanie is experimenting with different media to come up with new creative art forms every month.

    Photo diary of Crafty Beggars wooden tree

    Skip wood

    Skip wood

    Push pins

    Push pins

    Prepare a flat surface

    Prepare a flat surface

    Lay wood out

    Lay wood out

    Wood glue

    Wood glue

    Good application of glue

    Good application of glue

    Place each branch on the trunk

    Place each branch on the trunk

    Put heavy books on to ensure tight adhesion

    Put heavy books on to ensure tight adhesion

    Gather any old paints you have

    Gather any old paints you have

    Paint the tree

    Paint the tree

    Secure branches to trunk with strung covered wire. Then decorate using push pins to hold decorations

    Secure branches to trunk with strung covered wire. Then decorate using push pins to hold decorations

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