Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter
Artwork and Blog by Erika Venter (QLD)

What’s Christmas without a Christmas tree – it’s perfect for the season! This is how I created my Christmas tree from scratch… using the fabulous NEW kit for Christmas, NOW available from Powertex Australia. 

I thought it would be a good idea to use products from nature and recycle them.

Follow along as I go on this journey….

Materials Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

Materials:

Tree decoration items:
  • Christmas Wreath Kit
  • Powertex Red & White
  • Metallic colours of your choice
  • Easycoat Glossy
  • Bister
  • 3D Sand & Balls
  • Stencils of your choice
  • Easy Structure
  • Spatula, Paint brushes, scissors
  • Bits and pieces (String, Craft leaves, 2 x big buttons, 2 x tiny buttons for snowman’s eyes & Bling,)
For the tree:
  • Dry tree branches – different sizes
  • Bottle brush tree (with dry seeds on)
  • Thin Wire and plyers
  • Plant pot (depends on the size of the tree)
  • Sand to plant the tree into the pot
  • Spray paint for the tree & the pot (I used white)

STEP 1: Prepare the Tree

Step 1 Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

Spray paint the planter pot the colour of your choice and let it dry. Use the Dry tree branch and the little branches to create your tree. If you can find one that works for you it would be so much easier… but I must say it was fun creating this tree! Use the wire to tie the branches to the tree trunk. Fold away all wires that have sharp edges. Clean the tree with a brush. Pour the sand into the planter and plant the tree into the sand and ensure its secure. Cover the top of the pot with plastic and then you are ready to spray paint the tree. Leave to dry completely (you may need to do a second coat on the tree it all depends on how porous the wood is).

 

Step 2: Paint all the Chippy Shapes with Powertex

Step 2 Paint the Baubles for the Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

Pop out all the MDF and chippy pieces from the kit. Use some of the bits and pieces (Leaves, String, Buttons, 3D Sand and Balls & stencils to design your Christmas tree decorations. Use Powertex Red and paint the front side off all the MDF ball pieces and let it dry (except for the snowman). Use Powertex White and paint the rest of all the pieces front and back and leave to dry.

Step 3: Create Texture with Stencils & Easy Structure

Step 3 Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

I have a lot of new stencils so I thought it would be a great idea to play with them on the Christmas decorations. I used the stencils and my texture paste (Easy Structure) to create some texture on the ball and star decorations. The doily stencil and flower stencils were my favourite ones. I also added 3D Balls (medium and Large) to create more texture. Leave to dry. Use Powertex White and paint over the stencil texture on all of the stars. I also painted a layer of Powertex Red over the Christmas ball stencil texture. You can do the other side, as well, but I had another idea for the back. I also painted the snowflake chippy pieces with Powertex white and then sprayed Bister Mahogany on one side and Bister Yellow on the other side and left it to dry.

Step 4: Making the Star & Colouring the Elements

Step 4 Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

The top of my tree was a bit wonky, so I had to think of a plan to tie my star onto the treetop – I used 2 buttons with thread strung through them and stuck it on with Powertex white. While waiting of it to dry I started to do the embellishment on the Christmas decorations. I didn’t want to go overboard with all sorts of colours, so I used Colourtrix Terragreen and Easycoat glossy to highlight the texture on the MDF Christmas decorations. I also used some of my little Christmas decorations on the red Balls.

Colouring the elements for thePowertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

I have some lovely leaves in my stash and thought they would look great on my tree… so I decided to add them onto the back of my Christmas decorations – I used Easycoat glossy to stick them on. I really liked the idea. I then added some bling to the snowflakes. To hang them, I cut 20cm pieces of string and tied them onto the MDF Christmas decorations.

Step 5: Decorating the Tree

Adding Leaves Powertex Christmas Tree by Erika Venter

Now it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree. I carefully decided what to hang where, and last, but not least, it was time to put the star up! My tree looked a bit empty, so I decided to add more leaves. I was super happy with my end result… I hope that you enjoy this project as much as I did!

This Christmas project will allow you to make use of a variety of techniques using Powertex colours, Structure paste, 3D Sand and Balls, Bister, Easycoat Glossy and our Beautiful Metallic colours.

Join me on my creative journey with Powertex
ENJOY THE RIDE…

Erika

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