Friday, December 5, 2014

Junky Lamp Parts Christmas Trees

I'm in love with all the creative junky Christmas trees I've been seeing everywhere this season. Pinterest is loaded with them, my favorite blogs are loaded with them, and I wanted one or two to call my own!

So I headed out to the mounds of junk in my garage and came up with these two versions.

I didn't have a stash of cool funnels or Jello molds, but I did have almost two drawers full of old lamp parts.  I rummaged through the drawers until I came up with just the right parts for a couple of trees.  I could have gone with a third version, but it would have looked more like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree.

 Instead of gluing all the parts together I thought it would be easier just to stack them, but they still needed a trunk to keep the pieces from falling all over the place every time someone walked by or slammed a door.  The base on the right came from another repurposing project I made a few years ago and blogged about here.  Ha, maybe it can go back to being a toilet paper holder during the holiday off season.  For the base on the left I drilled a hole in a piece of scrap wood, then glued in a dowel. 

The first Christmas tree is 12 1/2" tall and made up of ten different lamp parts not including the crystals.

 I wrapped a strand of chandelier crystals around that cool rusty part.  Love the patina!

 The tree topper is a vintage rhinestone brooch that was glued to the top of the finial.  I can still pluck it right off if I ever want to wear it.

The second tree is 10 1/2" tall and is made up of eight different lamp parts.  I had to add a few dabs of glue on one layer because the silver piece kept slipping off the glass

  The piece of scrap wood is hidden under the black metal base.

 An upside down glass star ornament with rhinestones is a perfect topper for this tree. 

Now I'm trying to figure out a way to light 'em up.  I thought the little battery operated tea lights would work, but they're too big to fit inside the glass parts.  Maybe just a few little lights nearby will be enough to give them a soft glow.

Sharing with:
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The Cottage Market for Junkin Joe
Coastal Charm for Show and Share
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
Adirondack Girl @ Heart for Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop

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  1. Darrielle TennenbaumDecember 5, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    I love your junky trees too-they are creative and I love the diamond star

  2. Linda @ Itsy Bits And PiecesDecember 5, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    These are wonderful, Betsy...and I love the bling against the rust! Fun project!

  3. LululizDecember 5, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    They are fabulous! What a wonderful way to use up old lamp parts.

  4. Terry MooreDecember 5, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    I love these trees! So creative!

  5. MelissaDecember 5, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Too cute!

  6. Michelle L.December 5, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Oh, you wowed me again. This post elicited a long drawn-out sighhhh of happiness. The star toppers! The chandelier blings! I adore them!

  7. ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~December 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    These are fantastic and so pretty!! Love all the different elements used!! :) Have a great day! xo Holly

  8. RoseDecember 5, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    So very unique! I bet different sizes of clear cut glass bowls would make cute trees!!

  9. Rebeca TrevinoDecember 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    these are fabulous.
    great idea.

  10. A Bit of ColourDecember 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    LOVE THEM!!! but especially the BLING STAR!!!

  11. Tuula @ Thrifty RebelDecember 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Your trees are absolutely gorgeous! Love them!

  12. Brenda YoungDecember 5, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Love vntage upcycled Christmas items, your trees turned out so adorably cute!

  13. KathyDecember 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    You always inspire me. I want to go home and play now!

  14. Beatrice EuphemieDecember 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    These are so beautiful, Betsy! You have such a creative mind! Love the little star toppers.Hope you have a very nice weekend. xo Karen

  15. Glenda/MidSouthDecember 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    How cute! You know I would love the bling star.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  16. ReneDecember 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Love these--you are so clever! I think they might look neat with a set of clear LED lights, the tiny ones that are battery operated.

  17. Karen FitzgeraldDecember 5, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    These are great. I love the juxtaposition of the parts, and by not fastening them, you can dismantle for your next project if you tire of them. Inspired! Clever girl, you most certainly are!

  18. Linda @ A La CarteDecember 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Betsy these are so pretty and different and you!!

  19. TrishaDecember 5, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    These are so clever and so cute!


  20. cynthia lee designsDecember 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    Love, love, love...the little trees!! They are so pretty.

  21. TerraDecember 5, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    You created two beauties and they are so pretty they could stay out all year, not just at Christmas.

  22. Marsha @ Tattered ChickDecember 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM


  23. Laurel@ChippingwithCharmDecember 6, 2014 at 5:03 AM

    AMAZING!! I think these might be my favorite junk trees ever :)

  24. Vicky HuntDecember 6, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Oh my! These are amazing! Oh how I love your creativity. I always look forward to seeing your next creation. Have a beautiful weekend.

    Hugs, Vicky

  25. ~Lavender Dreamer~December 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Oh my! I've never seen anything like these. I think you've come up with something totally unique! WOW! They are gorgeous! Holiday hugs, Diane

  26. The Polka Dot ClosetDecember 6, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    They are sooooo cool! I don't know what Pinterest page you are looking at, but I have never seen anything like them....Fabulous!


  27. Jeri ThiedeDecember 6, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    Love them. When I first saw them, my first thought was that I can stack and glue my glass treasures I'm collecting for garden totems, cake stands and NOW, Christmas trees. Already put some together to see how they look and will glue them together when I get the exact look I want. Thanks for the idea! Jeri

  28. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouseDecember 7, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    They look absolutely amazing

  29. Bev CarterDecember 7, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Your trees are just adorable. I love all of the lamp elements.

  30. The Speckled Hen CottageDecember 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Oh Christmas Tree's! These are so adorable...they shine all by themselves!

  31. Tina@WhatWeKeepDecember 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    I love your junky trees! You are seriously creative. :)

  32. Linda@Coastal CharmDecember 8, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Well, these are super cute junky trees.


  33. Butterfly 8)(8 BungalowDecember 8, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    I love these! I love the sparkle and the rust! What a great combination.

  34. EtcetorizeDecember 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Gorgeous! I can't wait to see how they look lit up. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  35. Crystal DvorakDecember 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    So darling! I love the mix of materials, very clever!
    ---Crystal @ Urban Patina

  36. Heather GrowDecember 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    These are amazing. Never in a million years would I have thought to combine all these treasures together like this.

  37. Dawna MotzDecember 9, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    These are wonderful! I love them and they are just perfect for my decor! Who would have thought you could create such a beautiful tree from just left overs!! WOW! I am off to the second hand store for sure!!

  38. Ornate SplendorDecember 9, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    OH! MY! GOSH!!! This is just too fantastic! A drawer of similar pieces exists in my house as well - just awaiting a project -- now I know just what I'll do! Love it love it love it!! So much fun! Merry Christmas to you, and thank you for your inspiration! Catherine

  39. Tammy in Ontario, CanadaDecember 10, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    I love smart. I've seen the flower garden flowers made from glass bowl sets but love how you made these with the chandelier parts that already have the holes. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Robin JohnsonDecember 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Oh how pretty. What a fabulous idea. I love it.

  41. MaureenDecember 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Wow Betsy! Leave it to you to transform lamp parts into awesome holiday decor. They are so very cool!

  42. Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}December 12, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I'm hopping over from My Repurposed Life. What pretty trees! I'm sure you put those Pinterest trees to shame! Wish I had such goodies to craft with. You, my friend, have done it again:)

  43. CraftyHopeDecember 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    These are really fabulous!! Love them, thanks for sharing. :)

  44. angieDecember 15, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    these are fantastic and so pretty!!!!!!! love it all!!!!!
    hugs angie from germany

  45. Julia - Vintage with LacesDecember 18, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Super cool! I just love them, Betsy!

  46. Heart Vintage DesignDecember 21, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    I love these. I've been making trees out of water valve handles and have one funnel tree {it took a while to get all of the funnels.} I love your trees especially the chandelier crystals. They are truly the finishing touch. I found your blog via Charm Bracelet Diva and like your posts : )

  47. laura sampsonDecember 28, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Oh these are LOVELY!! SO great I had to pin them to TWO different boards! Thanks for linking up the Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop, this was a great post.


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