CHRISTMAS SPIRAL TREE
Spiral with Paint Appeal Stars

This Christmas Spiral Tree is the ideal solution for those living in small apartments who do not have enough space to have a traditional Christmas tree.

Dala Glass Glaze is a water-based paint available in 15 colours. It produces a beautiful, high-gloss, durable glass-like finish with no brush marks, which makes it particularly popular with glass and paper maché artists. It is also used as a decorative ceramic colour. It is adhesion promoting and will adhere to most surfaces – even on the more difficult ones such as tin and wax.

Dala Paint Appeal is a peelable, water-based, non-toxic formula, ideal for children and crafters. Apply the paint directly onto a non-porous surface from its applicator, allow it to dry and peel it off. This medium is perfect for creating removable window decorations.

Materials

For the Spiral Tree:
Dala Glass Glaze
A piece of acetate
Gut or string
Round ring to hang from
Screwin hook

For the Stars:
Paint Appeal
Piece of acetate or glass

Equipment

Thin felt-tip pen
Masking tape
Spiral design
Star design
Small flat soft paintbrush
Scissors

Method
  1. Place the acetate over the spiral design and use the felt-tip pen to trace the spiral design onto the back of the acetate. 
  2. Using the masking tape, tape a frame around the spiral design traced onto the acetate. This will keep the Glass Glaze from flowing from the acetate. 
  3. Using the soft, flat brush, colour the acetate with a thin, even, layer of Dala Glass Glaze. For a marble effect, drip a few drops of a darker colour Glass Glaze and lightly stir with a brush. Allow to dry for 24 hours. 

Tip: The Glass Glaze bottle should never be shaken – this will only aerate the paint. Only stir the paint gently when necessary. To ensure a perfectly smooth finish, the Glass Glaze must be used on an absolutely level surface. 

  1. Using the scissors, cut the design out on spiral traced lines. 
  2. Carefully make a hole in the middle of the inside edge of the spiral. Loop the gut or string through, tie the end to the round ring and hang from the ceiling with the screw-in hook. 
  3. To make the stars, place the second piece of acetate or glass over the star design and trace the star with the Paint Appeal. Allow to dry for 24 hours. 

Tip: For an effective, evenly-lined design, ensure that the Paint Appeal bottle is held at a 45° angle, so that the hole of the nozzle is always visible, thereby creating a raised and not a flat line. The stars can then be taken from the piece of acetate or glass and placed onto the spiral Christmas tree as decorations.