DIY Shabby Christmas Tree And More

Hi, How are you? I've been busy fixing up the place for Christmas!
 Thank you for your kind comments on my silver and burlap Christmas decorations! I'm glad you liked them. :O)
Here's some more stuff~
I found an old (not vintage) falling apart bible by the curb on top of a stack of paper. Instead of letting it become trash, I rescued it. I decided to make it into a Christmas tree.  (Kinda fitting, I thought)
This isn't the greatest tutorial, but this was pretty easy to make.

I went to home depot and purchased some plaster of Paris and one dowel about the width of a broom handle for the trunk and some 1/4" for the branches.
Before mixing the plaster of paris, I criss-cross drilled holes for the 1/4 " dowels.  Instead of angling the holes for the dowels in the "+" position, I opted for the "x" position. After securing the "trunk" in the dried plaster, I inserted the dowels. 
I figured that this "x" positioning of the dowels will allow me to place the tree close to a wall and save room.
Now for the pages. First I covered the trunk with Elmer's glue using a sponge brush and applied the pages and also wall papered the inside of the pot. Sorry, no pictures. I told you this wasn't a very good tutorial......
I used about 40 pages for the branches. I folded each page in half. I trimmed the open edges with fancy scissors. Then using straight scissors, I made 1/4" cuts down the entire length, being careful not to cut through the folded end.
I don't know if you can tell in the above picture, but I attached a long piece of scotch tape to the folded end of the page. I decided to use tape to attach the paper branches. I think that hot glue would have been too messy.
I started at the tip of each branch, working towards the trunk. The tape made it fast and easy to wind the paper around the dowels to form the pine needles. I love the weathered color of the pages and the bits of scripture showing. I wrapped a small strip of paper at the end of each branch, by the trunk. This hid the scotch tape that showed a little bit. I used  a glue stick to secure those strips only.
All done! It fits on my side table perfectly. And because of the positioning of the dowels, it can sit flush up against the wall.
Here is a little close up.
Here's another close up showing the wall papered inside of the planter. I recycled the bits of pages that I clipped off and used them as filling.
Now, how shall I decorate it?
I made some ocean themed goodies a week or so ago, that I haven't gotten around to posting about. I think they'll look nice with the new tree.  First, I re-did this little box I papered. I embellished it with my beachy Christmas theme.
I'm definitely addicted to sparkly pipe cleaners, as you can tell!
I cut out words from old Christmas cards.
I've always loved mermaids. I also made six mermaid tree ornaments.
I used white scallop shells and a hot glue gun.
I glued blue tulle and white ribbon with a branch design on it to resemble seaweed.
I printed some mermaids and cut out the shapes and added  messages from more old Christmas cards.
I made stars, tree branches and little wreaths out of silver pipe cleaners.
I added pearls. sequins, shells,
little embroidered stars and puffy sparkle balls.
I made each one different and unique.
These were very easy to make and I basically used what I already had on hand, so they were practically free! :O)
I like that they add Christmas wishes and additional scripture to my tree made from scripture.

Linked to:



http://www.finecraftguild.com/
..: DIY Shabby Christmas Tree And More

Saturday, November 20

DIY Shabby Christmas Tree And More

Hi, How are you? I've been busy fixing up the place for Christmas!
 Thank you for your kind comments on my silver and burlap Christmas decorations! I'm glad you liked them. :O)
Here's some more stuff~
I found an old (not vintage) falling apart bible by the curb on top of a stack of paper. Instead of letting it become trash, I rescued it. I decided to make it into a Christmas tree.  (Kinda fitting, I thought)
This isn't the greatest tutorial, but this was pretty easy to make.

I went to home depot and purchased some plaster of Paris and one dowel about the width of a broom handle for the trunk and some 1/4" for the branches.
Before mixing the plaster of paris, I criss-cross drilled holes for the 1/4 " dowels.  Instead of angling the holes for the dowels in the "+" position, I opted for the "x" position. After securing the "trunk" in the dried plaster, I inserted the dowels. 
I figured that this "x" positioning of the dowels will allow me to place the tree close to a wall and save room.
Now for the pages. First I covered the trunk with Elmer's glue using a sponge brush and applied the pages and also wall papered the inside of the pot. Sorry, no pictures. I told you this wasn't a very good tutorial......
I used about 40 pages for the branches. I folded each page in half. I trimmed the open edges with fancy scissors. Then using straight scissors, I made 1/4" cuts down the entire length, being careful not to cut through the folded end.
I don't know if you can tell in the above picture, but I attached a long piece of scotch tape to the folded end of the page. I decided to use tape to attach the paper branches. I think that hot glue would have been too messy.
I started at the tip of each branch, working towards the trunk. The tape made it fast and easy to wind the paper around the dowels to form the pine needles. I love the weathered color of the pages and the bits of scripture showing. I wrapped a small strip of paper at the end of each branch, by the trunk. This hid the scotch tape that showed a little bit. I used  a glue stick to secure those strips only.
All done! It fits on my side table perfectly. And because of the positioning of the dowels, it can sit flush up against the wall.
Here is a little close up.
Here's another close up showing the wall papered inside of the planter. I recycled the bits of pages that I clipped off and used them as filling.
Now, how shall I decorate it?
I made some ocean themed goodies a week or so ago, that I haven't gotten around to posting about. I think they'll look nice with the new tree.  First, I re-did this little box I papered. I embellished it with my beachy Christmas theme.
I'm definitely addicted to sparkly pipe cleaners, as you can tell!
I cut out words from old Christmas cards.
I've always loved mermaids. I also made six mermaid tree ornaments.
I used white scallop shells and a hot glue gun.
I glued blue tulle and white ribbon with a branch design on it to resemble seaweed.
I printed some mermaids and cut out the shapes and added  messages from more old Christmas cards.
I made stars, tree branches and little wreaths out of silver pipe cleaners.
I added pearls. sequins, shells,
little embroidered stars and puffy sparkle balls.
I made each one different and unique.
These were very easy to make and I basically used what I already had on hand, so they were practically free! :O)
I like that they add Christmas wishes and additional scripture to my tree made from scripture.

Linked to:



http://www.finecraftguild.com/

35 Comments:

At November 20, 2010 at 2:05 PM , Blogger Sherry said...

This is wonderful!! Love the tree so much. What an original. The shell ornaments are perfect for it.
Sherry

 
At November 20, 2010 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Angela said...

I think you are a genius!! Love that tree!

 
At November 20, 2010 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Sue said...

Your talent never, ever ceases to amaze me! What an awesome creation!!

Take care, Sue

 
At November 21, 2010 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Sami said...

OMG that is the cutest! Love, love, love. I am saving this link for future reference.

 
At November 21, 2010 at 7:24 PM , Blogger cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Wow! Love this idea! And your ornaments look perfect on your 'book page/feather' tree. Great!

 
At November 21, 2010 at 7:43 PM , Blogger Kristin @ Daydream Designs said...

What a neat idea! It turned out adorable!

 
At November 21, 2010 at 8:13 PM , Blogger Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

What wonderful projects! The tree turned out fantastic!

 
At November 22, 2010 at 5:39 AM , Blogger The Shanty Girl said...

Amazing! So very coastal chic!
Sherry

 
At November 22, 2010 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Alicia said...

That tree is amazing! I adore how it came out.

 
At November 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM , Blogger Amy Kinser said...

That is just great! Good job!

 
At November 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM , Blogger House Revivals said...

I love this! Such an original idea. I'm totally digging all this book page stuff right now -- have even tried my hand at some book page projects! Great project!
~Amanda

 
At November 22, 2010 at 10:13 PM , Blogger Mama T said...

Wonderful tree. Love it!! Thanks so much for sharing and telling us how you did it. Great job. My daughter wants one in her room now. So here we go :)

 
At November 23, 2010 at 3:16 AM , Blogger Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'm lovin' your tree, it looks great-enjoy:@)

 
At November 23, 2010 at 3:30 AM , Blogger Biljana said...

Amazing, great job. So chic and beautiful:))
Greetings from Biljana

 
At November 23, 2010 at 4:37 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Fabulous tree! That is so cool, I'll have to give it a try.

 
At November 23, 2010 at 6:58 AM , Blogger Erin@likegrandmas said...

Awesome tree, thanks for showing us how!

 
At November 23, 2010 at 7:11 AM , Blogger Miss Merry said...

What a stunning tree and what a creative idea! Wonderful

 
At November 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM , Blogger Marie said...

You madame are amazingly one talented woman! Omigosh...a DIY vintage christmas tree??? That is the most charming tree I've ever seen! I wish I have half your creativity.

Happy Thanksgiving!
-marie

 
At November 23, 2010 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Victoria said...

Gosh goodness golly, that tree is amazing! I can't imagine how long that must've taken you. I adore your mermaid ornaments, so shabby and beachy!!!

 
At November 23, 2010 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Amy said...

WOW now that is my kinda christmas tree
Amy

 
At November 23, 2010 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Nice and Easy Antiques said...

ADORABLE!!!! Love the tree and each one of your amazing ornaments!!!

 
At November 23, 2010 at 5:13 PM , Blogger Vicki said...

Very creative idea! It came out great and so did your ornaments

 
At November 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM , Blogger time-worn interiors said...

I love anything with book pages on it!
Theresa
aka:TOT

 
At November 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM , Blogger oldgreymare said...

What an inspired tree, and the tutorial was quite clear. :D

Happy Holiday!

Suzan

 
At November 24, 2010 at 3:15 PM , Blogger Heaven's Walk - said...

What a clever idea! One of a kind and very unique! Love it! I'm sure that your adorable little tree will inspire lots of gals out there to create one for their own home this season! Happy WW and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

xoxo laurie

 
At November 24, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Miss Sandy said...

Your tree is stunning!!! Love it, I only wish I had time to make one. Thank you for sharing your technique. Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At November 27, 2010 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Jen said...

This is sooooo creative & cute!
Love it!

 
At November 28, 2010 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Pamela said...

WOW!!!!! This is so beautiful, sweet and creative. You are a fountain of lovely ideas. Have a great Christmas

 
At November 28, 2010 at 7:07 PM , Blogger DanielleisNesting said...

I'm speechless! What an amazing idea! Love it!

 
At November 29, 2010 at 3:32 AM , Blogger Kristen said...

That looks so neat!!!

 
At December 1, 2010 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Elizabeth Ann said...

Oh my gosh, I love your tree! I must try it, however it will probably be more of an Easter tree by the time I get around to it. But I think that would be fitting also. What a great way to save an old Bible.

Joyfully,
Elizabeth Ann

 
At December 2, 2010 at 7:19 AM , Blogger Angela said...

I love your version of the feather tree. Very creative! Wanna make one for me . . .I'm not sure mine would turn out as nice!

I might have to make one out the rest of my ripped-apart-Jane Austin novel that was leftover from my cardboard headboard.

Many Blissful Days,
Angela

 
At December 3, 2010 at 4:44 AM , Blogger The Tin Rabbit said...

Oh My goodness, this is great!!! I love it!

 
At December 3, 2010 at 2:48 PM , Blogger Ann said...

Oh I love it all for a seaside cottage-- if I had one I'd do the same! D R E A M!

 
At September 22, 2012 at 6:25 PM , Blogger Auntie Cake said...

Thanks for the tutorial!!!

 

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