Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Tree Roundup

I was really tempted to sneak in another little project this week, but decided that it was time to clean off my workbench for the year and store away my ideas until after the holidays.  Instead of making something new, I rounded up ten of the Chirstmas trees I've shared here over the last couple of years. 

A roundup of my trash to treasure Christmas tree projects.

I hope you enjoy them the second time around.
tomato cage and vintage lace Christmas tree
Vintage Lace Christmas Tree, December 2013.  I covered the tomato cage base with muslin, wrapped it with pieces of vintage lace, then added a battery operated tea light under the tree for a warm soft glow.  

use old tape measures and yardsticks to make Christmas trees
Tape Measure Trees and More, November 2013.  I had quite a stash of old tape measures and yardsticks, so I combined the two and came up with these funky hanging Christmas trees.  For extra sparkle, I used a vintage rhinestone clip-on earring as a tree topper.

repurposed cabinet door and folding rulers
Repurposed Folding Rulers, December 2011.  My stash of folding rulers was the inspiration for this Christmas tree.  I glued the ruler pieces to an old cabinet door and didn't even bother removing the hinges or knob.  I used a vintage rhinestone button as a tree topper, then added a little greenery with some tiny ornaments and a rhinestone brooch to the cabinet knob.  This one hangs in my dining room every Christmas!

repurposed vintage folding rulers Christmas trees
Folding Ruler Trees, December 2012.  A year later I still had enough ruler pieces left over to make three more trees.  It's a good thing they looked a lot better in person because they were all Christmas gifts.  

use vintage sheet music to create a framed Christmas tree
Vintage Sheet Music Christmas Tree, July 2013.  This was a first for me...I actually completed a Christmas project in July for the Christmas in July Link Party I hosted with Knick of Time and Bliss Ranch.  I rolled up copies of vintage sheet music, then glued them to the frame I made from a cabinet door and strips of molding.

create a Christmas tree with vintage jewelry
A Touch of Sparkle, December 2011.  I made this tree several years ago and it still finds a special place in our home every Christmas.  

stack old lamp parts to make Christmas trees
Junky Lamp Parts Christmas Trees from a few weeks ago.  Two whimsical trees made from old lamp parts.

vintage button Christmas tree framed art
Framed Button Christmas Tree from last week's post.  A quick and easy project made from vintage mother of pearl buttons, a vintage frame, and sheet metal.  

use Victorian photo album pages and old tape measures to make Christmas tree art
Christmas and New Year Tape Measure Trees, December 2013.  The ingredients: metal tape measure pieces, Victorian photo album pages, scrap wood, and some rusty old hinges.

vintage tree ornaments and cloches
A Few Creations for the Holiday Market, November 2013.  A rusty lamp part, an old spring, and some vintage ornaments make a fun and whimsical tree, don't you think?

 I wish I could round up all the other Christmas trees I've created over the past few years.  Do you take pictures of everything you make?  I need to start doing that even if it's just a quick picture with my phone.  So many tree ideas jumping around in my head, but they're just going to have to wait until next year.

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  1. Great inspiration Betsy and so many creative ideas! Love them!

  2. So inspired! I wish I could make them all!

  3. You are so wonderfully creative, Betsy! Last year, you inspired me to make one from yardstick pieces! I love the sheet music tree!

  4. Nossa uma mais linda do que a outra,amei.Beijo.Valéria.

  5. I love every one of them! Your house must be so beautiful. Have a blessed weekend!

  6. Love every single one of your trees Betsy! Merry Christmas!

  7. their decoration is beautiful !!!!!! I wish them nice and relaxing holidays, all love of angie from Germany

  8. I love the touch of sparkle with all of the beautiful jewelry and the junky lamp parts trees are amazing! You are so talented my friend! Merry Christmas!

  9. Love your creativity.........the bejeweled tree under the glass cloche is my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing and the inspiration and have a fun holiday season Betsy!

  10. Love all the trees, Betsy!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  11. Oh, these are just wonderful! I love them all! Merry Christmas! xo

  12. Trying hard to catch up after the flu and then a week in Vegas (not the best place to go after the flu!). I'm loving your trees -- all of them (though the one with the music especially "rang my bell!"

    I'll be trying to check back to your previous posts but meanwhile, Merry and Happy!

  13. What a fun collection! I especially love the trees made from rulers. Merry Christmas!

  14. I think the rolled vintage sheet music is my favorite. I like it because the Christmas caroling aspect is incorporated. I saw a fun Christmas tree at the paint store last week, the owner dipped paint sticks in many different shades of green and then hung them from the ceiling in various lengths to look like a tree. Music and instrument shop windows would be particularly charming using your idea. Very nice.

  15. I adore seeing all of your creations. Visions of trees jumping around in your head.. hehe!

  16. Love every single one of your trees! Getting ready to make a tree out of thread spools....have you done that?

  17. Betsy,
    You have made some really neat Christmas over the years...think the tape measure one might be my fav.


  18. I missed a couple of those along the way, what a beautiful roundup! The ones in the victorian frames are so darn charming. Relax until 2015, you deserve it!

  19. What a magnificent collection of Christmas trees. I love them all, Betsy.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours; may the New Year keep you safe, healthy, and creating more art so I can continually be inspired.


  20. I enjoyed seeing all of this super cool trees you have made. You have such a wonderful imagination! I hope Christmas and the New Year is a happy and healthy one. Merry, merry Ho-Ho, lol.

  21. You've created lots of fantastic trees over the years, Betsy. I loved to see them again.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the holidays!

  22. You've made such gorgeous Christmas trees over the years and it's so inspiring to see them all at once. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Hugs!!!


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