Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tape Measure Tree and More

I finished up a few more projects that will be coming with me to the Noel Vintage Holiday Market this weekend.  It was too dark in the house yesterday to take pictures because of the dark sky and approaching storm, but I did manage to get a few quick pics while dodging raindrops out in my yard.

I finally figured out what to do with the stash of tape measures I picked up at a yard sale
 for next to nothing.  With the help of some old scissors, teeny tiny screws, a yardstick, and rhinestone earrings, these whimsical trees were born.

I was going to glue the tape measure branches to a piece of wood or old cabinet door just like my folding yardstick tree from a couple of years ago, but I couldn't find one the right size.  Inspiration hit when I saw the tree Laurel from Chipping with Charm made from old crates and a yardstick.

I used the other half of the yardstick for tree #2.  This project would have gone a lot faster if my staple gun was strong enough to penetrate the tape measures.  I used the tiny screws because I didn't have nails small enough and I didn't want to risk splitting the wood.  I'm sure some heavy duty glue would be good enough if it was going right up on my own wall.

A little glue holds the hook in place.

My trees are packed up and ready to return to the same area where I found the yardstick.

This small section of industrial equipment was found at a local antique show.  I added
some burlap to the rusty metal compartments for a little texture and interest.

Just enough room for a baby pine cone,

a Christmas tree,

and a little glass star ornament.

There was just enough time to get one last shot of this old mop bucket before it started to pour.  I glued jute webbing all the way around and added three mini chalkboards.  Oh JOY!



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33 comments:

  1. Betsy- Those are just the cutest ideas. I LOVE those trees!!!! xo Diana

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  2. What lovely ideas you have for making these unused & unloved things look so pretty for the festive season. Love them all.

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  3. Such a clevah trick - I wouldn't have thought to use the tape measures unsupported, but wow, it totally works! Adorable creations all!

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  4. So creative and so cute! Sharing on my facebook page :-)
    xx
    Anne

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  5. darling and creative! love them all! xoox

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  6. I have to concur with all the other comments! These ideas are ll great! I especially love the numbers on burlap. But that Christmas tree is really funky-cool too :)

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  7. LOVE how the trees turned out!! Actually, everything...especially those little numbered bins. It's adorable with the little treasures inside :)

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  8. Always enjoy seeing your latest creativity at work. Hope you sell it all.

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  9. The trees are fun and unique! And I love the section of equipment...so many cute things could go inside. Some real greenery would be nice, too. Enjoy your weekend my friend!

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  10. Good luck! Everything looks great! You are the best at creating unique Christmas trees, I remember from last year:) And I'm going to have to use my jute ribbon on my bucket, too, it looks fabulous with "Joy"!

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!

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  11. What wonderful creations! Love them all. Crazy cute! Good luck this weekend. xo Karen

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  12. Betsy,
    Another super duper CUTE idea you have here. Hope the show goes well for ya.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  13. All of your projects are amazing. I will hope for clear weather and minimum wind for Noel and your sale this weekend. Joyful Sales Dear...

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  14. There are so many wonderful and creative ideas here. I love the tape measure tree with the bling. The rusty piece is sweet with the burlap and your bucket does bring me JOY.

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  15. I love both of those ideas! Terrific!

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  16. You know I love every thing you make! The trees are so cute, but you can just wrap up that 1,2,3 and send it to me...fell in love with it! Wishing you JOY and a great sale my friend!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  17. They are all awesome, but I think I love that industrial 3 pocket holder the best! Too cool Betsy!!! So wish I lived close by...

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  18. OK...I love it all!!! Isn't it amazing what burlap webbing and chalkboards can do for an old mop bucket!!! Good Luck at your show!

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  19. Love your tape measure trees. I wince at using small screws....I can see your sweating from here...I know they will all sell!

    Carol

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  20. I have to say I am really diggin' the tape measure tree!

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  21. You should have one of those call-in radio shows like the cooking ones where you tell the ingredients you have on hand and they tell you what you could make with them.
    I have a metal rake and a soup can...
    I'm willing to bet you would come up with an idea every time!

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  22. I love that Christmas tree. And wouldn't you know, I just took about 6 tape measures to the Salvation army.

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  23. Really nice up cycled ideas! love the tree ;-) New follower

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  24. Always such creative ideas. Love the tree!

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  25. love love it all thetape measure
    tree is a darling idea (:)

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  26. Love the tree so cute and an excellent use of vintage materials. Have a wonderful turkey day, Laura

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  27. Clever, clever you!! LOVE the yardstick tree!!!

    xoxo

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  28. These are fabulous too!! So cute and love the rusty metal compartments! Those are neat!! xo Holly

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  29. love that tree and the small ones you just posted.

    Have a Blessed Christmas.

    barb

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