12/29/2011 09:47 am ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

DIY Renegade Bedazzles a Tree Branch For New Years

I'll start this post by saying that I love anything with rhinestones. I also love the look of ice covered trees in the winter. So, I decided to combine two of my favorite things by bedazzling a tree branch for the holiday season. The rhinestones give the tree branch that wintery, festive feeling of an icy forest. This is a great design idea for a decorative center piece on the table of your next New Year's party.

This is an image of the tree branch before the rhinestones were applied.

Supplies you will need:
Tree Branch
White Spray Paint
A very large bag of rhinestones
E-6000 or another strong crafting glue
A Box or Flower Planter

Step 1: Coat the tree branch with a layer of white spray paint to make the areas not covered by the rhinestones look more homogenous.
Step 2: Use E-6000 glue to attach the rhinestones. Work on small sections because the glue dries very quickly.
Step 3: Once the branch is completely covered with rhinestones place the branch up right, like a tree, in a pot or a box. I chose a shallow wooden box as the base for my rhinestoned tree. It required two small screws into the base of the branch to securely attach it to the box.
Step 4: Finish your decoration with some colored packing straw.

This project turned out to be a lot of fun, however, it was much more time consuming than I initially expected. When things got tedious, I broke off little branches here and there to lighten the bedaziling work load.

This is an image of the bedazzled branch.

Happy New Year!

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