I finally finished all the tree gifts that I planned for my grandson's Montessori class teachers and all the helpers in those classes (in a public school no less!) and one will be for my neighbor. So - essentially I took the very lovely and simple trees made by Alisa Burke (her blog can be found here) and made it into a complex and time consuming craft. Just had to make my mark on them (shiny paint, texture, glitter and tiny little ornaments that took forever to glue). Each tree is a little different of course, which just adds more time to the project. I doubled the drink cups this time to make it more sturdy and coated them with a mixture of heavy duty gel medium and gesso. Then I painted them with acrylic silks and decorated. I also added German glass glitter all over the trees and on the star on top. I love that stuff - it's a bit chunky and it doesn't come off on your hands, clothing or surroundings! If I were to sell these - well they'd have to be at least $50 each and I don't think anyone will buy them at that price! LOL I am pleased at how they came out though and just hope all the dimensional paint on the bottom rims dries by tomorrow. I thought I would share our real tree all decorated with a Christmas kitty. Ok - long post, but it took a long time to make these trees. Thanks for stopping by.