Make Golden Christmas Trees

Written by Candee Stark

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1. Find a large tree branch that when held on its end, looks like a small tree.

2. Fill a garbage bag with soil, enough to supportrepparttar weight ofrepparttar 116101 branch when inserted. Insertrepparttar 116102 branch and packrepparttar 116103 soil around it so it stands upright. Tierepparttar 116104 bag securely around bottom of branch. Shaperepparttar 116105 bag of soil so it looks likerepparttar 116106 root ball when you buy a new tree fromrepparttar 116107 nursery.

*Note-it will be heavy so work fairly close to where you want your final project so you don’t have too far to move it.

3. Spray entire tree with gold spray paint and let it dry.

4. Wrap “root ball” in gold fabric and secure with gold cording.

5. String with white lights.


Since creating my golden Christmas trees I have seen a similar project whererepparttar 116108 tree was spray painted white andrepparttar 116109 “root ball” was covered with colorful holiday fabric. Either way, it makes a festive holiday display. Enjoyrepparttar 116110 holidays!

Candee Stark is a Reading Specialist in a local elementary school and has spent the last two and a half years earning her masters degree. Her new passion is her indoor herb garden. Visit her at Flowers and if you would like to read more gardening and flower articles.

How to Create Your Own "Line" of Greeting Cards

Written by Eileen Bergen

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Size your artwork by findingrepparttar corner and/or side arrows with repparttar 116100 mouse and, in similar fashion (Click, hold, release), adjust repparttar 116101 size to fit in with your text and make a pleasing logo design.

Lasso allrepparttar 116102 parts of your logo and Group. This will allow you to copy and paste your logo as one object to be pasted into other projects with one Copy command. Save your logo design, but leave repparttar 116103 file open.

Then create your card, leaving both files open. If you’ve made your card by customizing one ofrepparttar 116104 cards that came with your graphics program, go torepparttar 116105 back page.

Use your computer mouse to lasso allrepparttar 116106 pre-supplied back page art; then Delete. You now have a clean “canvas” for your logo.

Switch to your logo file. Click onrepparttar 116107 logo to Select it.

Click Copy.

Switch back torepparttar 116108 back of your card.

Click Paste.

Moverepparttar 116109 logo to bottom center or wherever you wish. Size it to fitrepparttar 116110 card by pulling/pushing one ofrepparttar 116111 corner arrows.

You’re done!

Instead of usingrepparttar 116112 prepackaged cards that come withrepparttar 116113 programs, make up your own. The more originality you put into your cards, repparttar 116114 greaterrepparttar 116115 potential of getting some orders for each card you send or sell.

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By: Eileen Bergen The Artful Crafter

Ms Bergen has had a varied career, first as a special education teacher and then, after getting an MBA degree, as a vice president of a major insurance company. For the past eight years she has been making and selling her crafts.

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