Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Vintage Lace Christmas Tree

Are you ready for another Christmas tree project?  I think this is my third tree related post in the last couple of weeks, but I didn't want another season to go by without creating at least one of these.

DIY vintage lace night light tree
You know I love using what I already have in my stash, so I gathered up the ingredients
 and started gluing.

vintage lace collection
It all started with a tomato/vegetable cage I found a few months ago and a box of vintage lace my sister-in-law was about to donate.  It didn't take much to convince her to donate it to me!

cover a tomato cage with drop cloth fabric
I covered the wire cage with muslin to make it easier to glue on the lace.  Hmm, I see a
 teepee here.  

use a tarnished silver compote as a Christmas tree stand
The tarnished silver compote makes a perfect tree stand.

how to create a night light with vintage lace
A dab of Tacky glue every inch or so along the top edge of each piece of lace holds it all in place.

vintage lace

use an antique steel cut brooch as a Christmas tree topper
An antique cut steel brooch was used as the tree topper; I just poked the pin directly
through the top.

I could have used a Styrofoam cone as the base, but I didn't have one, and.....
LED battery powered night light Christmas Tree
it wouldn't be able to glow like this.

LED battery powered night light
With the help of one of these battery-powered flameless LED tea lights (*affiliate link) my lace Christmas tree glows in the dark. 

antique lace Christmas Tree night light
I didn't get a picture of it in total darkness, but you can see what a beautiful glow it gives off with just one little battery-powered flameless LED tea light. 

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41 comments:

  1. Oh, so beautiful! And the light shining through makes it even more so.
    Brenda

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  2. Hi Betzzz,
    This is gorgeous! Love it!
    You are so creative!
    With love,
    Iltzzzz

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  3. Your lacy creation is lovely, Betsy! The "lighting of the Christmas tree" is the perfect touch!!!

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  4. Love the tree and it will be such a lovely night light in the guest room. Great use of the battery candle. I'm using them on my tablescape this year. Much safer than real candles.

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  5. You are too much! I've never seen this done before, but you can be sure I'll recreate it. I love it when all the components of a project just come together like this one. Perfect!

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  6. Oh I love it....and I love that you can put the battery candle inside....adorable!

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  7. Betsy,
    You are so creative and inspire me always. Love this and love that it lights up. Too pretty.
    Kris

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  8. Oh I love how each vintage piece was placed together to create something so pretty. The tealight (don't you just love the battery operated candles?!) adds the perfect glow.

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  9. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous Betsy! Love that it can be lit with an LED candle. Just fabulous!

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  10. A beautiful tree and I love the little runner it is sitting on. I wish my sister could remember where she put my mothers' beautiful crocheted tablecloths.

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  11. Oh Betsy! Oh! This is wonderful and might be just the thing to use some very antique laces my MIL gave me. I bet I could pin the pieces on with corsage pins and not have to put glue on the old lace. Did you sew or glue the muslin cover?
    I think I see another weekend of no housework getting done....

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  12. I love your sweet tree. It's so pretty and lacy, love the candle glow!

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  13. Soooo cute~~~I'm going to try to do this project with my granddaughters, perfect lighted tree for there rooms!

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  14. We have been iced in, here in the dallas ft worth area for the last 4 days. I have spent this time going thru almost your entire blog(still have 2010 to read). I don't know how I found this blog but so glad I did. I have been selling at open air markets for the past year and half. I started with painted furniture and am slowly moving into other items. I found your guest post about what sells and what doesn't very informative. Because I have looked at so many of your post I don't remember where to find it. Can you please direct me? I also noticed that it was not an on going post, can you please contribute to it again as everything changes so quickly.
    Thanks,
    Kelly

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  15. How creative and clever!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    diane @ aug's blog

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  16. Oh how perfect! I love how it looks up on the stand, and the brooch, and the light...ah, heck, I give up, I just love the whole shebang.

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  17. So Pretty! The light under it is the perfect touch.

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  18. Just lovely, Betsy!!!! And the lace YUMMY!!!

    xoxo

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  19. I love it, Betsy. What a great use of materials you had on hand. Perfect and so pretty with the tea light under it- xo Diana

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  20. Betsy this is so pretty. I love the soft colors of the lace and the tea light makes it glow! Love it!

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  21. That is perfect, love the lace and the little light....Well...OOhhhs and Ahhhs from me!!

    Carol

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  22. Love the little tree...it's beautiful!!
    ~Cindy

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  23. Hi Betsy, Your lace tree is beautiful and I love that it glows in the dark. Great idea!
    Have a happy weekend!
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  24. So very pretty! The antique brooch just makes it perfect! xo Karen

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  25. Love this Betsy! It's beautiful all lit up :)

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  26. Oh My Gosh! Betsy! I remember when you bought that tomato cage; what an incredibly beautiful tree you created with it!!! Wow, and all lit up; it is just so lovely. What a wonderful project.

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  27. Good idea with so many possibilities. Tomato cages are cheap and come in so many sizes. You could make a lot of great displays with those things.

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  28. Love it! And the glowing idea gave me a giggle! Great project.

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  29. This is so adorable! I love that it glows, what a wonderfully creative idea.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  30. love antique lace, the more stained it is , the more I love it. Nice re-purpose turned out " one of a kind" tree!! Gorgeous!!!

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  31. Just beautiful, a really great use of the tomato cage and that gorgeous lace. I love the glow too.

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  32. That is so pretty! I've never seen anything like it, and the fact that it glows makes it even more special! Love it.

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  33. SO pretty, Betsy...and such a great idea to let it glow...

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  34. Betsy, once again, you've created something so unique and fun! I love the soft glow inside!
    Susan

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  35. Lacilious Christmas tree you have created. Love all the steps you have shown. Perfect with the vintage brooch and tea light to make it glow. Merry Christmas Bliss...

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  36. I loved your idea....I loved the vintage lace...and then I was it LIT UP! WOWZA! It's gorgeous! What a surprise. You are so creative my friend!

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  37. This is absolutely stunning and creative! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    kathy

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  38. Betsy this is a great post, thanks for sharing these great ideas. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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