Capiz (and Faux Capiz) Tabletop Christmas Tree Tutorials

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I've always loved capiz shells, even way before they became trendy again a few years ago.  I was an Air Force kid, born in the Philippines (where most capiz shells come from, and where tons of things are made with capiz), and when I was a kid, I had a beautiful hanging capiz windchime that decorated my room, no matter where we moved.  I saw some gorgeous capiz shell Christmas trees when I was out shopping this year, and thought that would be a perfect thing to try to make myself.  

I happened to have a bunch of capiz shells I'd bought (for an abandoned headboard project), so making my own capiz Christmas tree centerpiece seemed like fate!  

Materials for Capiz Shell Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial:

The capiz shells I had were a bit big for this craft, but I discovered that they actually cut quite easily with scissors.  There was a bit of breakage, but for the most part, the shells cut cleanly and easily.  At least with straight lines.  I wouldn't try to cut intricate shapes or anything.

Just glue the capiz shells to the FloraCraft foam cone.  They come in a selection of sizes, so you can pick something just right for your needs--or create your own shimmering capiz forest! 

What, you don't just happen to have a stash of capiz shells sitting around like I do?  Waxed paper actually makes a very good faux capiz shell!  Plus, it's even easier to cut than the shells.

I love my shimmering Christmas tree centerpiece.  I can't wait to set the trees out beside a few candles at night, and see  the light dance off the surface.  It's a winter wonderland look that reminds me of my own family history and memories--and that's one of my very favorite things about the holiday season!

Looking for more fun, crafty Christmas ideas?  There's a whole free e-book of them available from FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam!

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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