This has been a centerpiece I've been dreaming of since I started thinking of what could represent the season of family and giving thanks. It seems obvious, but the first thing that popped in my head was a family tree. As cheesy as it sounds, I wanted this craft to show the closeness my husband and I have with our families. Our families are vastly different from one another, so it only made sense that each tree has it's own unique look. These were my first wire trees and I have to say that, while they took some time to create, I am SO proud of the final product. They turned out to be exactly what I was envisioning, which made the time totally worth it! I have to thank another tutorial for helping me along with the creation of the wire trees, though. There was NO way I could do this on my own. If you have some time, check out their wire tree masterpieces.
Now, let me get one thing very clear. This was not a wham, bam, thank you ma'am kind of project. This took a lot of on the fly changes during the making of it. I had a plan for Styrofoam, for acrylic paint, for a wooden tray, which all didn't end up working at all. It was trial and error, but I'm happy to report that tightened up the process and ended up with a successful DIY. I made the mistakes so that you all don't have to :).
Medium sized cutting board
Wire cutters/scissors - my wire cutter is old and crappy, so I used a pair of my crafting scissors and they worked perfectly with this gauge of wire.
Needle nose pliers - I had jewelry pliers because of a previous craft, so I used those, but pliers from your toolbox could work too.
Spray paint - I used gold because...I LOVE GOOOOOOOLD
Orange and purple finger nail polish - yes, go to the CVS or RiteAid and grab a cheapo bottle of polish
1/8 x 4 x 36 inch balsa wood
Wood stain - I used the color espresso 273
Hot glue - my best friend