Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas and New Year Tape Measure Trees

Preparations for my next show have kept me pretty busy the last couple of days, but after getting everything packed up and ready to go, I decided it was time to finish a few more tape measure trees.  I abandoned these trees a few weeks ago when I got sidetracked and made these larger versions to sell.  The tape measures were already cut up, so I just had to search for something to use as a frame.

 A few years ago I purchased several single pages from a Victorian picture album and used most of them to make necklace displays; I forgot I still had two more.  I glued the back of a tattered thrift store book to each album page for color and stability, then simply glued on the tape measure pieces and tree toppers.

A single rhinestone bell earring becomes a tree topper.

Instead of just putting a hook on the back, I had the urge to junk them up a little more.  I grabbed some chippy hinges from my hardware stash and two short pieces of molding salvaged from an old bar.

I painted the molding, roughed it up a bit, and attached the hinges with one screw on each side.

The old paint on the hinges keeps them from swinging back and forth.  

This one is the Happy New Year Tree with number 1 on top.

A rhinestone angel earring decorates the top of the tree.

Made in the USA.  

My Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year trees are now wrapped up and under the real tree.  I'm thinking the chippy picture holders will come in handy even after the holidays are over.

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